Have Green Thumb, Will Grow

When my husband and I moved into our second home in 1992, we landed across the street from a retired couple who enjoyed gardening. The man had grown up on an Oklahoma farm during the Depression. He said his family never had money, but they always had food because they grew it. The neighbor’s garden […]

The Secret is Out

Have you ever known a widow—a woman whose husband has been suddenly removed from her life?  Most of us know someone who has traveled down that road. After the initial shock of their loss and they return from the memorial service to an empty house, they struggle to navigate the rest of their tenure on […]

Are you ready?

Know what this is? Behind the green screen is the cover of my upcoming release, Love’s Autumn Harvest, which is set for August 1. Monday, June 15 the cover will be revealed. The eBook will be available for pre-order. The print books will follow in July. This has been a tough year for all of […]

Lonely at the Top

Will he or won’t he? February is here and with it arrives the much anticipated prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, the official mascot for Ground Hog Day, February 2. The tradition originated from an ancient European Christian observance of what was known as Candlemas Day. That celebration represented the midpoint between the winter and spring equinoxes. […]

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 […]

Thwarting Determination

One morning earlier this week I squinted into the mist beyond my bedroom window, enjoying the colors of fall on my patio. Everything appeared as it should, the quiet of the day slowly rising at the sun’s beckon. My gaze strayed to the bird feeder hanging against the concrete block wall behind it. Except it […]

Make Someone’s Day

Today I stopped to pick up some groceries on my way home from a haircut. The store seemed busy. When I went to check out, I found all available checkers engaged. I pulled into the most likely line to finish first and soon discovered my mistake. At the register stood a woman with a pile […]

Pardon Me?

My husband recently ordered a hearing aid. Wearing it this week, he and I were headed to breakfast when he asked, “Where is that clicking clock?” “You mean the turn signal?” I said. Not funny. But true. Operating noisy, outdoor equipment for thirty years in his career as a landscaper/groundskeeper, my husband is nearly deaf. […]