Mischief Maker

  I called him Mischief. He deserved the moniker. All he’d done since he first invaded our patio late last spring was spread mischief. He is a squirrel. We’d first encountered his antics when the squirrel-proof bird feeder tempted him and instead of stealing seed from the seed tray, he popped the top off and […]

An Exciting New Offering

New this week is the Inspirational Romance Collection, Second Chances, from Mountain Brook Ink. The six-novel eBook set features MBI authors Miralee Ferrell, Teresa H. Morgan, Melanie Campbell, Janalyn Voigt, and Patricia Lee. The stories are varied by setting and by theme making the collection quite an assortment. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read these for […]

For All Women on Mother’s Day

We all know someone. . . The sister who cares for her nieces and nephews while their mother recuperates from a serious illness. The single teacher who bestows love and affection on her classroom of students. The neighbor who opens her yard to the children next door to give their mother much needed respite. The […]

Re-homing A Tree

The tree arrived in a pot—scrawny and with little foliage to help identify it. A woman where my husband worked wanted the tree removed. Carry it away. She had no use for the seedling. My husband had a thing about trees. He couldn’t kill it even though he didn’t think the tree would survive—the roots […]

The Legacy of King

More than thirty years ago, (1986) Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday. Designated to be observed the third Monday in January, near King’s birthday on the fifteenth, the date did not happen without controversy. The civil rights leader who advocated harmony, became the center of conflict. Some states refused to adopt the […]

Abide–A Word for 2020

A writers forum I follow posed the question this week— ‘what is your word for 2020?’ People of faith often choose an expression to lead them through the year. With writers it makes sense because those who compose prose are in the business of words. I had to give this some thought. 2020 represents the […]

Oh Christmas Tree!

Our Christmas festivities always begin with the arrival of the tree. It’s a ritual my family has honed to perfection (and exhaustion)  over the years. But this year the tree hunters were met with a surprise. The lot from which they chose to buy had sold out. Its sister location across town had also disposed […]

Oldest, Coldest and Wet

The weatherman predicted a downpour here today for the 67th Springfield Oregon Christmas Parade, an event that boasts it is the oldest and coldest parade in the nation. But despite the warning, people flocked to the curbs along the streets and endured a mild drizzle for about a half hour before the rain gave it […]