Category Archives: Life

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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Makin’ Music With My Friends

Happy New Year! The past ten months have presented many challenges for most of us. I’m fortunate in that I’m able to connect with my loved ones electronically, and it’s enough for me. Although my routine has changed sharply and … 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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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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“Let Other Pens Dwell on Guilt and Misery”

I found the quote above from Jane Austen, which rather fits our crew this week when we addressed this week’s topic: “What are some of your small guilty pleasures?” We are some pretty innocent folk here who also really don’t … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m Guilty

One thing I’m constantly battling is procrastination, and I’ve discovered that I avoid tasks by engaging in several activities that bring me joy, although the time, money, and/or calories may or may not be good for me. So this week, … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … Continue reading

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“UPLIFTING” Book

This week we are discussing books that we have wanted to read, but for some reason have never gotten to them. WHERE DO I START? Take one look at all of the books around my house and you will know … Continue reading

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Note on Notes

“NOTES, do you make them? Have you tried taping and transcribing them? What works for you?” When I put this topic on the schedule, I was actually asking about notes for writing, but I did not make myself clear.   It … Continue reading

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