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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for February 2013

Bake Me a Novel: Homemade Bread and the Writing Process

It’s not unusual to find me in the kitchen baking something or other. There I was again yesterday, preparing to make bread while I considered what to write about for my next blog. Bread baking is a weekly ritual in my house, and I often use the time to think about my next writing project.…

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Cottage Renovations: When the North Wind Blows

If you’re following the renovation of our cottage in Western New York, I have some new photos to enjoy.  And I say “enjoy” because you will enjoy knowing this is not YOUR house and you don’t have to worry about what’s happening when you are many states away. The truth, though, is that I was…

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You Oughta Be “at” the Pictures

The Oscars are coming. On Saturday night, in fact. You probably already know that unless you haven’t watched television in months or read the paper or checked the Internet. We’ve already had the Golden Globes and the Screen Actor’s Guild awards. The Oscars may feel anticlimactic about now, but hang in there. This year there…

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Sunday Poetry: “She roars, and we are conquered.”

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. To honor our grand-daughter’s 6th birthday today I’ve chosen a delightful poem about the birth of a little girl.  “Birth Day” by Elise Paschen, celebrates the beginning of a new life and new…

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Emilie Richards’ Classics

As most of you know, I began my writing career in the romance genre and published dozens of romances before I realized I was writing about many things other than romance that I wanted to explore in more depth. Slowly, without realizing it, I had moved into a broader “genre,” women’s fiction, which encompasses all…

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Sunday Poetry: “She asks one question…”

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve picked a romantic poem that tells the story of a young man searching for his beloved.  As you read  “The Exchange,” by Ron Rash, remember how you found…

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Postcard from Florida

NEED A DOSE OF SUNSHINE AND A LITTLE FLORIDA WILDLIFE? He Went Thataway! Our Backyard Gator Chillin’ Nighty-night at the Venice Bird Sanctuary (Thanks to Michael McGee for the photos.) Psst. . . Don’t forget there’s a giveaway in progress.  One commenter on any blog between last Tuesday and next Tuesday the 12th at midnight…

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Life is Just a Bowl of Kibble

Some of you may remember that I developed knee problems last year. The cause of the injury only became clear to me after surgery when I started taking walks with Nemo, the family beagle. If you’ve raised one of these critters you know that beagles are mostly nose, and that nose leads them into all…

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Sunday Poetry: “Hello Winter”

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. So it’s now the middle of winter… how are you doing?  For some winter is a difficult challenge that must be taken a day at a time.  For others the cold and snow…

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