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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 [...]

By |2024-02-02T16:59:11+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

February: Robert Menz

Welcome, friends, to Fabulous February! At least, that's what I'm calling it...and holding out hope that the month will bring more good news than bad. But it's always good when I can introduce you to a new Ohio author with an interesting history and compelling reads. Please say hello to this month's author, Robert Menz, whom I met at Gallery 2:Ten in Sidney, Ohio, during an author event there last November. Robert is the author of  A Memoir of a Pastoral Counseling Practice and A [...]

By |2024-01-31T00:30:43+00:00January 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2023-12-31T18:03:56+00:00December 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

January: KATRINA KITTLE

A new year brings each of us the chance to begin new projects or revitalize ongoing ones. For me, 2024 marks the sixth year of featuring authors on my website. I've been blessed to introduce readers to sixty local and national writers from debut novelists to New York Times and USA Today Best-selling authors. This January, it is my distinct pleasure to highlight one of Ohio's most accomplished creative minds, a writer whose career spans more than a decade and who has gifted readers with [...]

By |2023-12-31T17:48:20+00:00December 31st, 2023|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

December: J.A. SMITH

December is a month filled with anticipation and expectation, with wonder and magic. To celebrate these days, I'd like to introduce you to J.A. Smith, more familiarly known as Jeannie, my friend and a fellow writer whose first children's book- Poppa's Treasures -- was released at the end of November. Smith is a retired educator, having taught French in grades 7-12 for more than 33 years. She and her husband have been married for 51 years and have two sons and two "extra-special" grandchildren. A [...]

By |2023-11-30T20:39:54+00:00November 30th, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

As the Old Year Ends

As the Old Year Ends When the cold of December knocks the warmth from my skin, and the trees turn burnt umber and the fields cease their bright  goldenrod grins, I grease trays with butter, trim the mantel, light the fire, and dance to the beat of my heart's keen desire: that peace comes dripping, an icicle flow, that joy, like an echo, will follow and grow, that anger will mellow in the fire's red holiday glow, and that all who abide, hurting, will find [...]

By |2023-11-30T20:31:37+00:00November 30th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

November: JUDE WALSH

Welcome, Readers, to the November edition of my Book Nook. This month I'm featuring a woman who crafts memoir pieces guaranteed to lift the spirit and provide guidance for the weary of heart -- Jude Walsh, author of Post Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me.  Walsh is a writer and a creativity and mindset coach. With a doctorate degree in education, she is as comfortable in a classroom as she is in a lecture hall, bringing her unique perspective on life to receptive audiences. [...]

By |2023-11-01T12:08:10+00:00October 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

October: DR. BOIKAI TWE

Dr. Boikai Twe is the author of Which Way Liberia? The Gun or the Book? and Grona Boy Go Zion A Roadmap to African Psychology. Due to health issues, Dr. Twe was unable to complete our interview. However, you are encouraged to research his offerings and find out why he was recognized as a Dayton Skyscraper, an artistic tribute to African-American Heroes of Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. Dr.Twe is best known for his passion for African literature and psychology and is intentional about [...]

By |2023-10-02T16:18:06+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

September and the Relentless March of Time

September always makes me think about Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves setting off on an adventure, his furry hobbit feet and their sturdy dwarf ones whispering through the long grasses of the fields bordering the Shire. Perhaps it's because the prairie beyond our home waves at me each morning, the hummingbirds come to feed, and the app on my phone records the slowly departing birdsong that has sustained me throughout the lovely summer days. There is a hint of mystery in the lessening of daylight, [...]

By |2023-08-31T16:20:26+00:00August 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

September: RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS

When I met author Ruth Dudley Edwards at the PrimeCrime Conference in 2022 in Indianapolis, I immediately knew I wanted to interview her. What I didn't know was that she would be the featured author in September of 2023, the same month I would be traveling to the British Isles for the first time! Nor did I know that I would be in London and have the opportunity to meet her at her favorite café in Covent Garden. Wow! The universe sends gifts when one [...]

By |2023-08-31T17:05:37+00:00August 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments
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