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...]

Introducing … Carol Heilman

I'm excited to introduce you to my dear friend and wonderful author, Carol Heilman. Carol's newest book will be released this fall, and believe me, I can't wait to get a copy of it in my eager, little hands! Now, let's get to know Carol … [Read more...]

The blog I never wanted to post

It’s official. My mother has Alzheimer’s. We’ve suspected it for months … maybe even years. It started as little things. Things she said or did … something not quite right; occasional at first, but growing in frequency. Now we know, but knowing … [Read more...]

Meditations from a Claw-Foot Tub

While recently searching on-line for a cabin to rent for a writing sabbatical, I happened upon one that looked like just what the doctor ordered. The photos whetted my appetite: small, tucked between towering mountains within earshot of a rushing … [Read more...]

“Up Until Now”—A Lesson I Learned from my Cousin

Most children have a naturally indomitable spirit. They truly believe they can be anybody or anything by just saying it. An astronaut? You bet! A doctor? Where’s my stethoscope? President of the United States? Piece of cake! But what do I do after … [Read more...]

Birthing a Novel

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God. ~ Sidney Sheldon I like Mr. Sheldon’s statement, but please believe me; I’m NOT comparing myself to God. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s the whole idea of … [Read more...]

An End and a Beginning

I finished writing my latest novel. I should be excited, elated, feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment, any number of triumphant feelings should be coursing through my veins, and they are. But there’s this other feeling, too…the one that … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Clouds, Spaceship Smoke & “Farties”

This is something I wrote several years ago (my oldest son is now almost 25), but I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it. "Cotton Candy Clouds, Spaceship Smoke and 'Farties'" “Mom, I’m joining the Army,” my oldest son announced last … [Read more...]