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Why I Bought Candy for Halloween

For some of us, Halloween brings up wonderful memories filled with family, friends, community, candy, and fun. Others feel the night came straight from the devil and cannot be redeemed. I'm not trying to start a fight, nor join one. I am merely saying any night that...

Best Marriage Advice Ever

"Madge DuPree declares she is much too old and crotchety for any romantic nonsense. Mr. Elmer Grigsby disagrees."   I never planned to be a romance writer. But,  I awoke one morning to find Elmer Grigsby standing on Madge DuPree's doorstep. He held his hat in one...

How do You Measure Success?

  Ask any mother of a newborn and she will tell you success is getting a shower more than once a week. Ask one of the female astronauts scheduled for a spacewalk at the International Space Station this month and we might get a different answer. (Not dropping the...

First and Forever Friends

A First-and-Forever Friend is a rare human in this big world. Almost like a unicorn. And, I have one. I grew up in farm country and went to a small school. My graduating class had twenty-eight students, and most of us had been together since first grade. I'm still in...

Dear Ten-Year-Old-Me

"Dear Ten-Year-Old-me, You are writing books!!" I recently read that our futures are often decided when we are ten-years-old. Our interests, skills, and dreams at age ten often materialize into career choices and life decisions. This seems about right. At age ten, I...

Coffee on Cleaveland Street

I promised my new neighbors they would not become characters in my next book. I didn't promise not to talk about them on my blog. My husband, Wendell, and I have moved to a new town - a tiny town with around 500 people. This fits us nicely, but it does bring up some...