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A Rose Hill Anniversary and A Bit of Advice

Happy five year anniversary this summer to Nora, Bess, and all the imaginary friends who make up the story in my novel Rose Hill Cottage. Although it is a light-hearted story with fun characters, Nora does deal with grief and depression in the book. I've been down...

How a British Baking Show Soothes my Soul

How a British Baking Show Soothes my Soul

  I bake brownies from a box - occasionally. At Thanksgiving, my pumpkin pie will come from the freezer section of the grocery store. Or, possibly from the bakery so I don't even have to warm it. And yet, my soul is completely soothed these days by watching an...

Be Kind to The Lady on the Phone

  I called to complain about our Internet service last week. Or should I say, I called to complain about the lack thereof? We are still in a pandemic, after all. So Netflix feels like an essential service. Plus, everything I do for my mostly-non-paying day jobs...

Happy Gorgeous Grandmother Day

Yes, it is a thing. Evidently. I'm not expecting cards or flowers, though. Gorgeous grandmothers or at least women-of-a-certain-age have always intrigued me. My Aunt Clella McAffee, for instance. She wasn't my aunt, but a dear church lady who had left our small town...

Something Children and Flowers Have in Common

After we bought our current home and entered into the Chip & Joanna phase, we thought we'd dig up the bathtub garden that came with the place. (Yes, a bathtub buried in the yard as a flower garden. It was a thing back in the day.)  The tub wasn't exactly our...

I would have made your life too small

I remember how we worried the night of your kindergarten graduation. We weren't sure you could handle those three steps up onto the stage without help. We couldn't imagine, then, that you would one day become the manager of a state championship boys' basketball team...