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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|

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 someone’s warm hand to hold.

While the new pastries are baking

and there’s no fresh white falling snow,

I turn up the volume and sway

to and fro, a lone bright candle

wish-dancing at the cold year’s end.

November 30th, 2023|Blog|

Only the Good

The Autumn Blaze maple in the backyard spreads its glory across the wildflower garden for most of the month of October. While the vegetable and wildflower beds have withered and the tree withdraws into its winter coma, I am blessed with beauty at every turn. Then the rain comes, and the leaves scatter across the grass, laying down a layer of compost for next year. I savor the splendor of a season well-lived, of plans made and revised, of goals reached and not reached. My life in this quiet place is tied to the land and the turning of the year.

Back inside, I turn on the television and that sense of well-being and goodness crumbles under the onslaught of breaking […]

October 31st, 2023|Blog|

Of Traveling and Time

Going on any trip is time traveling. Think about it. The car, train, plane, or bus speeds through time, carrying us forward into the future or backward into the past. Our trip to the British Isles brought this home more abruptly than ever as we journeyed from London in the now to Straford-On-Avon and into William Shakespeare’s childhood home. Our odyssey took us to Glasgow, Edinborough, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff, treading the stones of past history and ongoing political endeavors. We ended the tour at Bath, where the Roman ruins there still speak to the world, and visited Stonehenge on the afternoon of the autumn equinox. I’m still lost in time and space…

 

 

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October 2nd, 2023|Blog|
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