A reader and friend saw this on Twitter and suggested I enter Southern Exposure to win an Independent BookBlogger Award from Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers.  While that would be lovely, the real fun was looking back over some of my previous blogs and trying to figure out which ones to use as…

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I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the ways we help each other.  One Mountain Away, coming in August, explores that question among many others, and it will come up again and again as the series progresses.  Do we give money?  Do we bring casseroles?  Do we hold hands and provide a listening…

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In the spirit of recycling, something I’m getting quite adept at as I get ready to move, today I’m recycling a blog from September 2010 about my silly beagle Nemo.  I’m pleased to tell you that Nemo is, of course, still with us and every bit as neurotic as I paint him in the following…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. This is probably our last spring as residents of the Washington DC area, and I’ll confess that I’ll miss this season the most.  Spring in DC is a parade of blossoms, but this year,…

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I love to fantasize.  You probably knew that.  Last night when I should have been sleeping I began making a list of everything I ought to pack on two upcoming trips.  Honestly, who cares?  But I did, at about 2 AM.  Then as I began to make my list, I thought of you.  What fun…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. It’s March, and while much of the United States has seen unseasonably warm weather, we’re still hoping and waiting for spring to emphatically arrive, no maybe yes and maybe no, but right here at…

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Do you ever wonder how a novelist chooses a setting?  Me, too.  Really.  Because the entire world is open to us, and sometimes all those choices can be daunting. When the time came two years ago to begin planning a new series, I had all the usual options. Should I use a real town (like…

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We’re having company to dinner.  Four friends we traveled with to Guatemala several years ago are coming to eat my homemade tortillas with all the (vegetarian) fixings.  Along with this I’ve made Cuban black beans and brown rice.  You can’t serve this meal to just anyone, but these friends?  You bet.  In exchange, they’re bringing…

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Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. This week and last I’ve blogged about old books, so today’s poem is an ode to books written by Billy Collins, the poet who convinced me, after a lecture at Chautauqua Institution two years…

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