Book Pick–One Woman Falling

  One Woman  Falling Author Melanie Campbell   Everything Cassie Peterson holds dear is in danger of being stripped from her grasp unless she finds the courage to act. On the surface she appears to live the idyllic life—beautiful home, handsome husband, darling daughter. Beneath the facade, trouble brews. Cassie is living a lie. This […]

A Friendly Gathering

One of the joys of having a retired husband is seeing my honey-do list fulfilled. He likes keeping busy and I’m just the girl to help make that happen. Part of our together time has been devoted to making our patio a gathering place for others. For years the area went unused because a large […]

An Elaborate Scam

The phone call came midday. My retired husband’s former colleague needed help. He’d been in a car crash, had broken his nose, and was in jail. Could we post bail? He gave us the number of the public defender assigned to him. Alarmed, I made the call. The attorney said our friend had failed the […]

The Need for Nurture

Today I fed my summer flowers. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But more than two dozen pots and planting beds sit in various locations on my patio and the task of keeping them nurtured is not a job for the faint of heart. If you’re not a gardener feeding a plant means I mixed water with […]

From Boys to Men

  Dads come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of expertise, with pre-formed notions of what a father should be. Father’s Day can be a joy-filled occasion. Or, for others, not so much. Men who have been reared with a role model who taught character and values, or one who led by example, come into […]

Here’s to Geni

  Everyone needs a friend like Geni. She and I met at a critique group meeting more than a decade ago. She had published many magazine articles and short vignettes, bringing a vast knowledge of writing and techniques to our group. I was the newbie. I’d had magazine articles published here and there, but for […]

Entertaining Angels Unaware?

Though door-to-door salesmen are rare these days, they still exist, but I’m not comfortable with a stranger coming into my home to demonstrate a product he has for sale. This week, though, my husband, who has a tender heart for anyone struggling to make a living, invited a vacuum cleaner salesman in. I know what […]

Happy Mother’s Day

With thoughts of mothers and a special day to celebrate them this week, today I re-post an adaptation I created in 2015 from a song dedicated to the real reason women are mothers—their children. Using the acronym we are all familiar with—M-O-T-H-E-R—with a nod to the original writer who gave us the song based on […]