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Riffing On February

Oh, February, guardian of the gate between ice and thaw, you scamper in with promises and leave before your time. February may be the shortest month, but it carries weight. It is a time to celebrate love and presidents, hearts and history. Red is the color of the hour. Campaigns are waged for women's cardiac health, a reminder that women's heart problems have not always been treated with the same concern as men's. Often, our complaints were dismissed, our insistence that something was wrong ignored. [...]

By |2021-01-31T17:52:09+00:00January 31st, 2021|Essays, Featured, motivational|0 Comments

February 2021 Author of the Month: CHRIS TEBBETTS

The loss of in-person writing conferences has curtailed my ability to connect with new authors. However, past conferences have provided a wealth of talented writers who inspire and motivate my writing, none more so than Chris Tebbetts, whom I met at the now sadly-out-of-operation Antioch Writers Workshop. Chris hails from the town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, but he has traveled extensively, worked in theater, and written such an impressive number of superb middle-grade books that I can't wait to introduce you to him. Janet Irvin: [...]

By |2021-01-31T17:54:12+00:00January 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

While the fields are fallow…

January arrives with a dusting of snow, along with seed catalogs and clothing brochures featuring bikinis I no longer wear and island gear that mocks the winter creep of wind and cold. The former makes my mouth water for the produce so bountifully photographed on page after page, while the latter creates an unreasonable desire to pack a backpack and head on down to the Keys. Since my first trip to Florida's string of low-lying islands for a writers' conference, I have itched to return. [...]

By |2020-12-31T21:09:27+00:00December 31st, 2020|Essays, inspirational, motivational, philosophical|0 Comments

January 2021: Paulette Harper

It's a new day in a new year and we are so ready to be uplifted and inspired. That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to Paulette Harper. Paulette reached out to me just when I was searching for an inspirational writer to give us that burst of energy and creativity we can use after such a difficult old year. I haven't met Paulette in person...yet...but after visiting her beautiful website, I asked her to tell me a bit about herself. She is "the [...]

By |2021-01-01T01:07:55+00:00December 31st, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

In This Giving Season…

It's snowing, and the child in me dances for joy. Being a December birthday girl, my earliest memories remain infused with the delight and wonder of snowfall, the way it covers all the imperfections we humans have created on the earth, the way it prepares us to believe in miracles. I realize this love of cold and snow is one of my eccentricities, but I refuse to surrender it. During my teaching career, this wintry month always created a special spirit in the classroom. Students [...]

By |2020-11-30T18:10:50+00:00November 30th, 2020|Essays, motivational, seasonal, Upcoming book|0 Comments

December 2020 Author of the Month: MEREDITH DOENCH

The month of December always arrives precipitously, hard on the heels of November feasting, bringing with it my birthday, the festive holiday season, and the longest day of the year. This has to be my favorite month, and who better to grace it than one of my favorite authors, a Dayton local who teaches at the University of Dayton, offers multiple writing workshops around town, and has written a deliciously entertaining series of mysteries. The Luce Hansen tales introduce the reader to an intriguing new [...]

By |2020-11-30T17:23:50+00:00November 30th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

A Thanksgiving List of Blessings

I admit to trepidation in trying to form a list of things to be thankful for during this strange, maddening, sad, unprecedented (how often have we heard that word over the last four years?) time. So, I'll start with the things that have enriched these past nine months of house hiding: wine, both white and red; ice cream; movies on streaming services; virtual streaming of the arts; posts from friends on social media; a husband who likes to cook fancy; the nature park and pond [...]

By |2020-11-24T17:59:06+00:00November 24th, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

A November Placemarker

I have a new essay almost ready to go, but the looming election has me quite anxious. Instead of posting the essay just yet, I thought I'd wait until after November 3. I'll be working the polls, so I'll have some first-hand experience to share as well. Be safe. Stay well. If you already voted, I salute you. If you still have to vote, make it count!

By |2020-10-31T15:38:27+00:00October 31st, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

November 2020 Author of the Month: SARAH ANNE CARTER

One of the many things I miss during this pandemic year is the opportunity to attend book fairs and signings and meet other authors. This month's guest -- Sarah Anne Carter -- is one of the inspiring young writers I met last year. I'm so pleased to introduce her to you. Sarah is, like so many of us, an avid reader and also a book review blogger. She has been writing stories since she was little, and is constantly thinking of ideas that could be [...]

By |2020-10-31T15:35:22+00:00October 31st, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

An October Like No Other

When I was a kid, the best thing about October was the run-up to Halloween. The expectation of a bagful of treats overrode any other considerations. Those with birthdays that month had their happiness doubled by the promise of presents and candy. The weeks leading up to All Hallows' Eve echo with the memory of prior years, sweet chocolate cheers, and little ones announcing their costume choices, mostly homemade or cobbled together from whatever clothing Mom could spare. This year, 2020, feels so much different. [...]

By |2020-09-30T15:14:06+00:00September 30th, 2020|Essays, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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