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

Sunday Inspiration: Why?

“I believe every child is born with the Why Chromosome, which pushes us to ask questions about the nature of the universe. And as we grow older those questions become deeper and deeper. As a child the word why was certainly a provocative part of my vocabulary. But throughout my younger life — in church,…

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A Writer’s Journey: Countdown to Book Launch

By now you’ve met Kylie Logan/Casey Daniels. Kylie/Casey/Connie is my good friend and one of my fabulous brainstorming buddies. A few weeks ago I asked her to introduce her latest book, The Scent of Murder, which is the first in a brand new mystery series from St. Martin’s Press. The Scent of Murder will be…

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Sunday Inspiration: Our Task

We celebrated Earth Day yesterday at our local state park and enjoyed myriad birds and fellow humans. (Alas the bobcats and alligators stayed out of sight.) This quote by Albert Einstein is such a welcome  reminder to celebrate and protect our precious planet and its inhabitants all year long. As the photo says: Pass It On.

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Researching A Novel: All Those Things I Had to Learn

In two months A Family of Strangers will grace your favorite bookstore. Next week my good friend Kylie Logan/Casey Daniels will tell you a bit about the fun of preparing for her book launch in May. I’m not launching yet, but I thought you might enjoy some of the “behind-the-scenes” action that took place while…

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Novels That Have Changed the World

Notre Dame Cathedral has been through a lot, more than most of us realize. Among other atrocities, Hitler once slated the great cathedral for demolition. Before that it survived clueless remodeling, environmental decay and revolutionary ransacking, too. And, of course, this week the world almost lost it for good. In all the many articles about…

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Sunday Inspiration: How Far?

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.” –George Washington Carver

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Starting From Scratch

This morning as I scooped homemade yogurt into a plastic container to enjoy for the rest of the week, I thought about all the things I do the long way, starting from scratch. Granted, making homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot is as easy as slipping on flip flops. I do it, at least partially,…

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Sunday Inspiration: Be thankful

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, never, have enough.” -Oprah We spent 13 years in the Washington D.C. area before moving to Florida, and this time of year I miss the resplendent cherry trees that are blooming now, not…

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Death, Rebirth, and the Easy Life

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt Book ideas, like everything else in life,…

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