Happy holidays, whichever and however you celebrate. If you’ve been a faithful blog reader, you know that most years I favor (?) you with a Booklover’s Carol at Christmas. The carols are based on the more traditional variety, and I’ve had fun coming up with terrible renditions to delight or horrify you. Either reaction is…

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May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on…

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Here’s a little holiday trivia to make tomorrow more fun. Did you know? Canned cranberry jelly is the least popular traditional Thanksgiving dish. Detractors say when it’s served right out of the can, it reminds them of dog food.  Bow wow. Green bean casserole made with mushroom soup and canned onion rings is the second…

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I’m at Disney World with my family celebrating our “big” wedding anniversary, as well as all the other end and beginning of the year holidays.  Considering where I am, I’m allowed to be a little corny today. So for 2019, in the words of Jiminy Cricket: When you wish upon a star Makes no difference…

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While I travel this month I’ve selected some of my favorite past blogs to share with you. This one is from 2009 when our family celebrated a very special wedding at Thanksgiving time. I get weepy reading it. There’s an update at the end. They had been a couple for more than twenty years.  Each…

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For most of us holiday celebrations are over. Have you finally taken a deep breath and released it slowly? Not yet? It’s past time. Try this yoga breathing exercise popularized by Dr. Andrew Weil. Through your nose, breathe in to the count of four. Hold your breath and count to seven. Now breathe out slowly through…

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Happy Thanksgiving! I’m taking a break from my mini-series on how I write a novel, to wish you a wonderful holiday–if you’re in the U.S.–and if you’re not, to wish you a wonderful autumn day filled with good food and good friends. I thought for fun I’d let O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) write my…

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I spent the end of 2016 on a cruise boat relaxing after an unusually tough push to finish 2017’s The Swallow’s Nest. Before I even stepped on board I promised myself I wouldn’t work, and I stuck to it. Now I’m home with some of my family visiting. So instead of an “original” blog I’m…

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