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Hope and Optimism: Of Brides and Pride and Our Cultural Divide

This month, this sunny, shiny, green month of hope and optimism…June always makes me remember all the weddings I’ve attended in this lovely time of year, especially that of my sister, now gone but never forgotten. How young we were, how optimistic, how unfettered by political machinations and AI threats, and age.

Free June Celebration Saint John photo and picture

June also brings a relatively new celebration…PRIDE parades and recognition that not all of us are easily labeled, that some are naturally, organically inclined to different pronouns, to different loves. Then who am I to question? What business is it of mine to judge? […]

May 30th, 2024|Blog|

Why All These Books About Libraries?

Scrolling through the book offerings on various publishing sites, searching for something new to pique my interest, I’ve noted the abundance of novels with the word ‘library’ in the title. Curiosity tickled, I Googled sites that listed 388 current or recent novels with the words library or book as part of their name. (

Wow! And most of those titles sell very well with the public. I’m not surprised. The local library played an instrumental role in my personal and professional development. But I wondered how I might explain this phenomenon in a broader sense. What fascinates us about libraries? Why read books set in them? Why write those books? It didn’t take long for me to slip into memory […]

April 30th, 2024|Blog, Uncategorized|

April Fooling…

April 1 — the day my brothers and sisters used to tease each other with silly pronouncements, then laugh when someone believed their outrageous claims. Ha! Ha! Gotcha!

It’s not often a blog post comes out on the traditional day of pranks and playing silly tricks on our fellow humans, and this year is no exception. The time and the opportunity just woggled away. But even as a kid, I hesitated to partake in this annual tomfoolery. I worried about the effects of convincing someone that things were the opposite of what they actually were.

Now, as an adult, I often feel like I’m living in an April Fool Joke. Every day brings another wild conspiracy theory or a new lie from […]

April 3rd, 2024|Blog|

Does Busy Equal Better?

For reasons I’d like to think are beyond my control, I find myself very, very busy this year. Many opportunities to share my writing life with the public have dropped into my creative lap. I consider these messages from the universe, so I tend to respond in the affirmative when they appear. But is busy the way to go?

For me, at this stage of my life and writing career, the answer is YES!

These days a writer faces an uphill climb in publishing. The sheer volume of work available to readers ensures a difficult path. Unless you are established, have a well-known name, or have a built-in platform (an area of expertise that sells itself), you have to do much of […]

February 29th, 2024|Blog|

Balancing Act

Every time I sit down to balance the checkbook, I cringe. I want everything to balance perfectly, an occurrence that is roughly akin to the total eclipse scheduled for April of this year. It isn’t that I’m not responsible about entering deposits or expenditures, but there are two of us in this household scribbling numbers on those skinny lines, and, once in a while, we don’t get it quite right.

Receipts help to keep me honest. Carrying that piece of responsibility from the counter to the check register makes me accountable and prevents me from forgetting to subtract an expenditure.  I must admit to frustration with teeny tiny print, smudged or faint printouts, and the various ways in which zero is […]

February 2nd, 2024|Blog|

Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background…)

The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny’s specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year’s tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the memory hidden in each song. Then, while the dough rises and the rolls simmer in their sauerkraut bath, I sing along, unmindful of my off-key notes. Music wraps its magic arm around my heart and carries […]

December 31st, 2023|Blog|
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