It’s Okay to Change a Tradition

I love a good Norman Rockwell setting, and I am all about the holidays. But, I also like things simple. And quiet. And peaceful. So, I have changed up our traditions quite a lot through the years. And you can, too! The weight is on my generation right now. We are the...
Never Underestimate the Lunch Line

Never Underestimate the Lunch Line

About a dozen years ago, I attended a writers’s conference in Kansas City. One day I stood in the lunch line with a nice lady, and we discussed the weather. Heavy rain and flooding, if I remember correctly. Somewhere along the way, she mentioned being an...

It’s Not Quite Hobby Lobby

When I walk through the front door of a Hobby Lobby, I suddenly want to live inside the store. Or, at least transport major sections to my own living quarters so I can have the same delicious feel. But, I learned long ago that even if I carted home twenty-five boxes...

We Haven’t Read the Last Page Yet

Once upon a time, somebody got the ending wrong. When my first novel was released, I did a blog tour where a bunch of generous people reviewed my book or interviewed me. It was loads of fun. Except for this one blogger. She evidently needed to rush to press. After a...

What to Do if You Get Lost in the Crowd

I once got lost at the state fair. I think I was about thirteen at the time. The country music show had just finished, and the crowd surged down from the grandstand and carried me away like driftwood on a swollen river. I thought our family was all being pushed down...

How I Handle Nostalgia (and other moody moments)

It’s First-Day-of-School season. The pictures on social media are heart-meltingly beautiful. And they spin me back to the wrap-around porch on a clear August morning and four laughing children who grew up so fast it takes my breath away. The memories take me...