Well, the sign’s not exactly right. I’ve “gone writing.” I finally finished my latest book, at least the first draft. Now I’m at the cutting (drastically) stage. Since it’s due very soon, that’s where all my energy is going. So while I wish I were fishing, or at least sitting quietly on a riverbank surrounded…

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I recently received the official word that there will be no nine-week season of music, lectures, classes, workshops, worship, dance, friendships, and recreational activities at our beloved Chautauqua Institution this summer. Instead, as with so many other activities these days, there will be online programs. The news was not unexpected, but sad just the same.…

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Today I am so pleased to welcome my good friend Kylie Logan/Casey Daniels. I’ve enjoyed sharing books by friends for the past three weeks. Now is the best possible time to find new authors to enjoy–or new books by authors you already love. Kylie is one of my brainstorming buddies, but our friendship goes so…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. Today’s gift to all of us is this moving poem “To The Moms Out There Who Love Someone On the Autism Spectrum,” by Kerry Magro, an autistic man who grew up with a mom who supported and challenged him as a child and adult. A lot…

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My author friends are generous people. And none were more generous than Karen Harper, an Ohio author I’ve known since the beginning of my career. Karen was the first person to tell me about the Buckeye Book Fair, the one person I could count on to send me my PW reviews back before they could…

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Thanks to everyone who sent photos of the masks they’ve made. Today I’ve tried to include all the photos I received, although it’s possible that because some came to different Facebook addresses, I missed adding them. I’ve also sent links to my ebook, The Unmasking, to every mask maker who commented and sent a photo.…

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” -Maya Angelou How are you holding up? These are hard times for so many people. It’s difficult to wrap my brain and heart around the myriad changes in our world and the suffering of so many. We are…

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“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” Robert Burns Plans or Schemes? While we often talk about best laid “plans”, today I like “schemes,” from the original quote by Robert Burns, especially as it pertains to today’s blog. Novelists are schemers more than planners. After all we tell lies for…

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