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Open in Case of a Blue Christmas

Fair warning: I'll be posting a whole lot of happy in the next twenty-some days. I love Christmas. However, I'm aware that this is the most dismal time of the year for many folks. I'm not trying to rub happy in your face. Depression is real. It is mean. It behaves as...

Of Turkey, Tables, and Thanking the Universe

I love women's magazines. I loved them more back in the day when they included a good short story and some actual articles instead of ten pages of beauty tips. But, I still like looking at the pretty pictures. And, some of my favorites still include a few articles...

A Grateful Nation

My little brother was born on Veteran's Day a few decades ago.We called it Armistice Day back then, in honor of the signing of the armistice, or truce, that stopped the fighting in World War I. (100 years ago this weekend) I remember my grandfather being especially...

We’re Still Chasing Dreams

The children blame me. They claim that my constant encouragement to "be anything you want to be" caused them to actually believe they could. The girls say they began to doubt me just a smidge when they were in high school. They were watching Olympic synchronized...

How I Name My Characters

    Naming the characters in a novel is quite similar to naming one's children. The task is huge. What if you tell everyone her name will be Clementine, and then she is born and she looks exactly like an Alexandra instead? And, you've been calling her...

Best Words from a Husband

  Last week, I went shopping for a black skirt and a pair of slacks. If you know me, you are aware this is a form of self-inflicted torture. I shall admit up front that I failed. Mostly because I got lost in the Christmas aisles at Hobby Lobby and used up all my...