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

Westward Ho!

One of the best parts of having four children—and there were many best parts—is visiting them as adults. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the new few weeks, first in California and then Hawaii. And no, none of them has yet had the good sense to relocate to our fiftieth state, but after California,…

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Sunday Inspiration: Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

This was part of a prayer in a worship service this morning at Chautauqua Institution. I wanted to share it with you since, if you’re like me, you may find it easy to dismiss unpleasant people as simply unpleasant and therefore not worth our time or concern. In the words of American poet Stanley Miller…

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Sunday Inspiration: Enormous Peril

This week I was fortunate to hear one of our nation’s leading environmental activists speak here at Chautauqua Institution, and he scared the wits out of me — but he also gave me hope. Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, an international organization that encourages the use of renewable energy and divestment from the…

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Woodstock and Stone County: Fifty Years Ago Today

This morning Alexa informed me that today is the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock. As Newsweek puts it: “The three-day festival was host to performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, and is considered the pinnacle of the “summer of love” culture of the late 1960s.” I find it…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Writing opened that door…”

  “Writing opened that door…to the divine, to some connection to the universe, to things that be… Writing makes me think, and thinking makes me write; and there is a circularity to that, to dive deeper into questions, into yourself, into your soul, into your mind and heart.” -Richard Blanco I’m not a big poetry…

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New Covers: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Two weeks ago I told you about the new/old series I will be re-releasing soon. My Homecoming series, Runaway, The Way Back Home, and Fugitive, was first published in 1990. Even if I had the rights to the cover art (I don’t) I wouldn’t use it. They need fresh, contemporary and new covers that better…

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Three More Plots Readers Love Plus A Giveaway

Three more you say? What about the first three? Almost two and a half years ago I blogged about three plots readers seem to love. At the time I said the blog needed a sequel.  Then I moved on and never looked back. Today I came across that post, and so I sat awhile, as…

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Sunday Inspiration: Gardens and Gardening

“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com Chautauqua is alive with many beautiful gardens this time of year, and I find them all wonderfully inspiring. Here are photos of…

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It Only Seems Like Yesterday

Was it really 1990? It only seems like yesterday… Once upon a time I had a dream. Yes, I really did. I was in bed with the flu and feverish. I couldn’t work, but I couldn’t let go of a dream I’d had for a romance proposal due soon to my publisher. A proposal can…

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