Category Archives: Family

Reuniting With an Old Friend

Our Tuesday Fox often suggests topics referring to books we’ve either read or want to read. This time, she asked us to name a book from our youth that we’d like to own now. I really struggled with this topic. … Continue reading

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Guest: Author CeeCee James

Here is another mutual FB Friend that I asked for an interview, and only then found just how very popular and prolific a writer she is. CeeCee James is the author of a heartbreaking memoir, several stand-alone novels, plus romance … Continue reading

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My Mind to Your Mind

Not really a Vulcan mind-meld, but it’s “Free” week and I will ask a question that I have been pondering: How much of the “WHY” of what a character does is important to a story? With all that I have … Continue reading

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Four-By-Four

This week: “The best four words that describe you”. YIKES. (That one could be a choice!) Since I will have to make a stab and do some spoul-searching, let’s go with 1) HONEST Yes, I am honest. I hate lying. … Continue reading

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Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Oh, Brother! Try This On For Size.

Question of the week, in this time of COVID: Once it’s safe to do so, what’s the first thing you want to do that you haven’t been able to do in the last 10-12 months? This is too easy: I … Continue reading

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Review: “Schifflebein’s Folly”

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope and pray for a happy, healthy year for all. I’ll keep this short since it is New Year’s Day, not that I am insinuating that any of you might have over-indulged last night(!), but … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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A Virtual Christmas

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “How will you and your family celebrate Christmas this year?” Our house will be quiet, because my husband and I are isolating. We aren’t sick, but even though our kids and grandkids are gathering as usual, … Continue reading

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