Living with Alzheimer’s–The story continues…

I’m writing another GRITS* novel, but this one is a little different than the others. Yes, it’s still set in the South. I chose Amelia Island this time, home of Fernandina Beach, in the northernmost part of Florida, just across the river from Georgia … [Read more...]

Rollercoaster through Hell

The weather echoes my mood. Dense fog and dreariness. Days… no, weeks of it. The wettest February we’ve had in recent history. It doesn’t help that I have the flu, and that my husband will be flying to the other side of the world in a couple of … [Read more...]

Presenting…Nicki Greenwood

Please join me in welcoming Nicki Greenwood. Hi Nicki. We're so glad to have you visit with us today. I'd like to ask you a few questions for you so my readers can learn a little about you. Let's get started. Can you tell us who your favorite … [Read more...]

A Year Later….

This time last year Ethan was in ICU fighting for his life. I find myself alternating between thanking God for his healing and crying as I remember the scariest two weeks this mama has ever experienced. He was septic…a mysterious, very rare … [Read more...]

Beauty from a “Beast”

THIS is the wood for the floors? I thought to myself, incredulous, horrified. It had to be the ugliest wood I’dever seen. Ragged ends, split and gnawed off, knot-holed. <Groan> What a mistake! A huge mistake. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. … [Read more...]

The “Mistake”

I shared, in an earlier blog, how my mother has Alzheimer’s. I was blown away and humbled by all the friends who offered prayers and words of encouragement after I posted it. Thank you for that, and please don’t stop. This is a hard journey. Now … [Read more...]

Fighting an Unseen Enemy…

The thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of my youngest son’s echo-cardiogram brings tears to my eyes. The last time I heard something like that, was when he was still inside me. Now, almost twenty-four years later, he’s in the ICU, in critical condition with some … [Read more...]

A Visit with The Well Red Ladies

Last year, I met a new friend at Mountain Makin's, an annual event in Morristown, TN, that features local artisans, crafters and musicians and lots of good food. They have an area just for authors where I'm lucky enough to have a table. Carol Vander … [Read more...]

Thoughts from Grammy

My grandson, Nolan, just turned one year old. How has a year passed already? Wasn’t it only yesterday I was holding him for the first time in the hospital? They say, “Time marches on,” but they’re wrong. Time has entered the “Star Wars” age and Han … [Read more...]

Mountain Woman + Bear = Innovation

When I returned home about 9:30 last night after babysitting my grandson and began the evening chores by flashlight, I knew something was amiss the moment I saw the lidded five-gallon bucket, that normally sat under the chicken house, out in the … [Read more...]