Let's Face This Friday - And DANCE!!

That was me, back in the day, dancing in a show. It was summer stock, and I performed five shows a day, six days a week, dancing under hot lights in an open-air theater in blistering heat and humidity. Fun times, despite the conditions ....more

Had A Bad Writer Day Yesterday #writer #writing #amwriting

And by that I mean, I feel like I'm a bad writer.I'm not fishing for compliments, here (but do feel free to fling them at me, if so motivated). It was just a bummer day. I haven't sold a book in three days ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Living Vicariously Through Myself

The words are always swimming in my head The people, telling me their stories The far-off places, the excitement, the romance It's all there, and I savor it I wrap it around me I sink into it and I write it out And I put it all down and I think...more

Search Engine Keywords Are Sometimes A Surprise

I try not to dwell on the "stats" page of my blog too often. It's not like I have millions of page views a day, here, but it's usually respectable enough for me. I've just found that getting all wound up about who's reading me and how often can get me way too determined to write clickbait instead of actual content ....more

My Father Carries A Wound From The War That I Will Never Forget

My father is a Viet Nam vet, but unless you were part of our family, you probably don't know that. He doesn't talk about it. Ever ....more

Happy Friday - Time For Another Visit To The Land Of NOPE

Yay! Three Day Weekend (at least, here in the US, anyway)! No major plans, just chilling with the kids and hopefully getting the above-ground pool set up and filled ....more

'Tis A Gift To Be Simple: In Celebration Of Simple Pleasures

Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gained, To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed, To turn, turn will be our delight, Till by turning, turning, turning we will come 'round right. If you ever sang choir in high school, or were active in your church, you've probably sung that song at some point in your life ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be All Right

It hangs on the wall in the upstairs hallway Right between their bedrooms Not overly large And not frequently noticed Just two little birds leaning on each other And one little bird looking on Three little birds Reminding me Every time I look at it That every little thing Is gonna be all right ...more

Pork Rinds, Miracle Whip And Other Guilty Pleasures

I bought pork rinds this weekend. Not a big ole 5 pound tub like the one above, but a regular sized bag. To some of you that might seem unremarkable, but I haven't bought pork rinds in forever ....more