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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

October 2020 Author Of The Month: KATHLEEN AMBRO

I met Kathleen Ambro at a writers' gathering before the pandemic took them all away. She was delightful. We shared information and talked about our writing. I'm always intrigued by the variety of ways we choose to tell our stories. As an author of children's books and of a biographical novel, she has some insights to share with us. As we talked, I knew I wanted to host her on my website because she had a story to share with other writers interested in the [...]

By |2020-10-08T17:36:31+00:00September 30th, 2020|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Sporting Chance

I must admit to a certain degree of sadness at the loss of college football this year. Oh, I know several conferences have decided to forge ahead with abbreviated schedules, and others are involved in lawsuits asking for the universities to re-consider, but the virus, I believe, has other plans for all of us. Has it been difficult to acknowledge that an unseen microbe can derail the world? No question about it. However, in light of all the great changes, fall sports would seem to [...]

By |2020-08-31T16:22:58+00:00August 31st, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

2020 September Author of the Month: ROCHELLE BRADLEY

Rochelle Bradley is a local Dayton area author whose novels combine humor with romantic encounters. She involves herself in community events, mentoring beginning writers and sharing her expertise with readers of all ages. I'm delighted to welcome her to the September author feature. One of my favorite things to read is an author's bio in their own words. Here's Rochelle's, and it is delightful! "Rochelle puts an artistic spin on everything she does but there are two things she fails at miserably:1. Cooking (seriously, she [...]

By |2020-08-31T16:10:16+00:00August 31st, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

Let’s Dance!

The summer grows hotter. The world roils with the pandemic. I stretch the limits of my housebound sanctuary and, when the mood strikes, I dance. Visiting our grandchildren last weekend, I was struck by the eagerness of my five-year-old grandson to hold a dance party. Cooped inside due to heat and COVID, regular outdoor activities have been curtailed. I understand the need to move, to shake our legs and shake off the anxiety that rides us like a shawl these days. He found his father's [...]

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