Heading Off Into the Sunset: Happy Endings and the Critics Who Hate Them
Have you stopped by Goodreads? Goodreads is a networking site like Facebook for book lovers, a comfortable place online to hang out with other readers and discuss books. As an author, I have a profile page, with information about books I’ve read, friends I’ve made, and reviews I’ve written. Shelfari is similar. Both sites are worth a…Read More
Mother’s Day–another excuse to be happy
Some words are loaded with emotion. “Mother” is one of them. If you’re reading this, you had a mother, whether you knew her or not, loved her or not, appreciated her or not. Some of you may have recently lost your mother. Some of you may just have found her. Some of you may by…Read More
How Can I Keep From Singing?
What’s the payoff for a cold, rainy spring? A sunny warm day when the world bursts into bloom. We’re having one of those today, and I wanted to share it with you. Here are some photos quickly taken in my garden along with the words to one of my favorite hymns of praise, written in…Read More
Happiness is Homemade Focaccia
Every once in a while I get an interview request with the question, “Tell us something nobody knows about you.” Well, of course, if nobody knows something, there’s an awfully good reason, isn’t there? And how likely am I to divulge deep, dark secrets to people I’ve never met? But here’s something most people don’t…Read More
Happiness is a Sunny Day and Cherry Blossoms
I bet that you have a festival in your hometown, some time during the year when you celebrate just for the fun of it with your friends and neighbors. This year, why not take the time to go? If it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Buzzard Day in Hinckley, Ohio, turn off the computer…Read More
What makes you happy? I mean really happy. The kind of happy when you can’t stop smiling, when tiny twittering bluebirds seem to have taken up residence inside you, when you lie awake at night and count your blessings instead of the things you forgot to do and aren’t sure you’ll have time for tomorrow. Happy!…Read More
Resolutions or Revolutions?
I’ll confess, I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. The word itself lacks punch. “I resolve to. . .” just sounds lame to me, like something I might decide on my way to the kitchen and forget once I’m there. “I resolve to eat less, eat more vegetables, drink more water, only eat whole grains,…Read More
Happiness, Holidays, Hassles!
It’s the beginning of December, and right along with Bing Crosby’s rendition of White Christmas, the hassles have begun. Yesterday, I spent four full hours on the computer and telephone trying to make two simple airline reservations. First there were full flights and the necessity of booking my return with a layover of two…Read More