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...]

Missing Mrs. Jones

I’ve just returned from my public library and my blood is boiling… again. Don’t get me wrong; I love the concept of the public library, and I make frequent use of its wonderful books and DVDs, both for personal enjoyment, and for research when I’m … [Read more...]

Weavers of Words (WOW) presents Sheri L. Swift….

I'm very excited to introduce you to my author-friend, Sheri Swift. I met Sheri about three years ago in Galax, VA at the Writers on Grayson event hosted by Chapters Bookstore, and I look forward to seeing her every year. I know you're anxious to get … [Read more...]

Winter dreams

We had a snow moon recently and it inspired a poem. Yeah...maybe I should just stick to novels. But I wanted to share it with you along with a photo I took this morning. We had a heavy frost. Too bad it wasn't snow. The old mountain pulls a … [Read more...]