What am I not seeing?

I get eye exams conscientiously. Apparently, I’m at risk for glaucoma and retinal detachment. I’d rather monitor my eye health than wait for a problem to ambush me. So, each year, I go through a comprehensive exam with visual fields screening and dilation. The visual fields test diagrams each eye’s blind spot, a segment without…

In the SPOTLIGHT!

Wow! I just got another great review, and I am In the Spotlight at Feathered Quill.  After biting my nails to nubs over endless hours of editing, I cannot tell you how great this feels! I have always wanted to write. I just knew I had to wait until I had something to say! Now I do.…

Reflections and observations

I never know what I’ll encounter during my morning walks. First thing after coffee, I walk. It is usually dark, except for near the summer solstice. The peace and solitude makes it a meditative experience, which is a nice way to start the day.  Yesterday, a fox scurried across the street carrying a plastic-wrapped copy of the newspaper in its mouth.…

Vacation Poses a Whole New Picture

I have been immersed in researching The Oregon Trail and life on the prairie in the U.S. in the mid 1800s for my next book, Pioneer Passage, coming out in December.  I have been working hard,  creating stories based on diaries of women traveling westward, patiently honing my tale, embroidering it with details, lost in the arduous…

Give them heaven

After I heard a presentation by Abigail Disney [yes, a member of that Disney family], I watched a documentary she produced. Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of Christian and Muslim women of Liberia who collaborated across faith traditions to pray and protest. They obtained a meeting with Charles Taylor, a warlord who was elected President of…

Do You Speak 1850s English?

Then this is the book for you! Yup! 1850s English was a very different language from today’s conversational English. Maybe it is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but I wrote my character’s dialogue as they would truly have spoken in 1850-slowly, deliberately and eloquently!  It has become a truism, but the fact can’t be overstated:…

Hot times, summer in the city

These are hot times we live in, only partially attributable to soaring temperatures. If people disagree, it’s not just a difference of opinion, they react like it’s a personal affront, spewing venom, fury, and hatred towards perceived enemies. There is more incite than insight, generating heat and anger, but not warmth or light. Reading an…