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Archive for September 2014

Sniffing and Hoping: When Life Insists on a Change of Plans

Lofty notions aside, my first week back in Florida hasn’t been everything I hoped for. In addition to getting fabulous ideas from my brainstorming buddies in New York, I also caught a cold. Can we say change of plans? I don’t know what you do when you’re sneezing and coughing, but my deadline’s much too close…

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Sunday Inspiration: Acts of Kindness

ACTS OF KINDNESS You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? These photos are worth at least a million. When every day we’re flooded with stories of hatred and violence , it’s nice to be reminded that we’re also surrounded by acts of kindness and love. These were put online in…

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How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

It’s that time of year and I’m traveling into sunshine and warmth. I’ve missed the birds that grace the water behind our house and the occasional glimpse of a bald eagle in the sky above us. Next week if all goes well I’ll blog from Florida. In the meantime, peek out your front door. See…

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Sunday Inspiration: “I Can Cope”

“I Can Cope” It happens to all of us from time to time, doesn’t it. We’re sailing along through life in smooth waters, happy, satisfied, our only worry is what to have for dinner… And then out of the blue…DISASTER! Suddenly you’re in a dark hole of sadness, depression, grief, and confusion. And you don’t…

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Brainstorming 2014: Four Days of Ideas and Friendship

Brainstorming 2014! My brainstorming buddies just drove away in a car overflowing with luggage and  ideas for new books. Topping this off? Characters and scenes for works already in progress. Now comes the work of putting the ideas to good use, weeding or tossing them, whichever proves to be most valuable. Serena Miller, Casey Daniels/Kylie Logan, and…

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Sunday Inspiration: How To Make Your Life Better

How To Make Your Life Better OK, I know how evil email can be… it is addictive and takes you away from family and friends and away from all the beauty and love in the world. Bad email. But I just read this great blog by Eric Barker (yes, it was emailed to me) on…

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Fiction Friday: Domestic Violence and No River Too Wide

While I announced last week that Fiction Friday was about to go on hiatus, today I’m back to share some excerpts about domestic violence from No River Too Wide. This week most people were stunned to see an elevator video of pro football Ray Rice, a Baltimore Ravens running back, assaulting his girlfriend Janay Palmer…

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List for Leaving: Are You Ready to Go?

I’ve decided there are two kinds of people, those who are always ready to move on to the next experience, and those who hang on until they’ve squeezed every drop of happiness from the last one. Of course there are also those hovering somewhere in the middle. Which means there are really, oh seven billion plus…

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Sunday Inspiration: Hospital Window

Hospital Window http://youtu.be/v5XyPryLkSw  “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” -Helen Keller I can’t help it, I cry every time I see this Hospital Window video. This brief story encapsulates what it means to have a friend and to be a friend. So often we take our…

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Fiction Friday: Who Knows Where the Time Goes

Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving . . . Friday came and went and I realized at the end of the day that as my summer winds down and I prepare for the journey south my writing has taken precedence over my Fiction Friday posts. Like the geese flying overhead every day,…

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