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Pandemic Pajama Party

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Pandemic Pajama Party

How are things in your world during this COVID-19 pandemic? Are you still on lockdown, or have the restrictions been lifted? In my little corner of the world, none of my family or friends, none of the people I know, have been sick with the virus. For that alone, I’m very grateful. I’m also thankful for many other things, including having this quiet time to work on my edits to SISTERS (my new book, due out later this year), and for long lazy afternoons spent reading my Kindle. For the most part, these past several months sheltering...

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The Most Terrifying Moment of my Life

Posted by on May 10, 2020 in General, Writing | Comments Off on The Most Terrifying Moment of my Life

The Most Terrifying Moment of my Life

I’ve faced some scary moments in my life: hearing the words “Code Blue Room 247!: blaring over the hospital’s speaker as I sat by my husband’s bed wondering why Steve had suddenly gone so quiet; the slow, painful deaths of losing both my sister and mother to breast cancer; my first (and last) helicopter ride… talk about terrifying: there were no doors! And yes, giving birth (June 30, 1981) to my only child, my sweet Abby, ranks right up there as one of the top five scary moments of my life. Labor pains? Any women who’s ever had a baby...

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The Truth About Wednesday

Posted by on May 2, 2020 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on The Truth About Wednesday

The Truth About Wednesday

Yes, I know it’s Saturday… but I didn’t want to wait for next Wednesday to roll around before introducing you to Pats. You see, Pats hates Wednesdays with a passion. And now I’ve come to learn her story, I don’t blame her.  So sharing a little of Pats’ story on a Saturday morning seems like a good way to give her a well deserved shout-out… especially since you’ve already met Margaret, Mary Anne and Naomi from my new book SISTERS (Autumn 2020). These four women, best friends since childhood, have...

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A Little Rant… And a Big Blessing

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on A Little Rant… And a Big Blessing

A Little Rant…    And a Big Blessing

Cooped up in your house? Me, too. Daily I try my best to practice gratitude, reminding myself that I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I have a home, food in the fridge, toilet paper in the bathroom. And I am not sick. Neither is my husband Steve. He’s extremely high-risk, and we’ve been taking extraordinary measures to do what we can to safeguard his health. Social distancing. Face masks. Long solitary walks instead of the gym. Reading. Netflix. Way too much Netflix! And I’m losing patience with ZOOM meetings...

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Searching for Gold

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on Searching for Gold

Searching for Gold

When I was a teenager, I spent lots of time alone in my bedroom listening to music. Growing up in the late 60s / early 70s, who didn’t? And, depending on my mood, my taste in music varied wildly. Some days it was hard rock (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), while other days I listened to rhythm and blues (Earth, Wind and Fire was my favorite band) or the sweet mellow crooning of folk/pop/rock (James Taylor immediately comes to mind). But no matter what kind of music was playing on my stereo, the songs almost always had one thing in common:...

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Finding Home

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in General, Holiday, Writing | 2 comments

Finding Home

My husband Steve and I are playing vagabonds this year. Instead of hunkering down in Michigan for a long winter’s nap, we decided to hit the road and follow the sunshine to where our daughter and her family live. Spending five months in the desert southwest would be paradise, Steve and I decided: family nearby, plus no snow, no ice, and no frigid temperatures to deal with. 2,700 miles later, we’re settled. Our new surroundings include cactus, palm trees, and plenty of sunshine. There’s a pool in the backyard of the house...

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Don’t Write That Book

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Books, General, Writing | Comments Off on Don’t Write That Book

Don’t Write That Book

A few years ago, I attended a writer’s conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I had an appointment with one of the top acquiring editors for a well-known publishing house. I felt confident leaving Michigan behind. I had my pitch honed to perfection, and my business cards in hand. I’d even thought to bring along a little bag of dried cherries from Northern Michigan, figuring it would be a great ‘break-the-ice’ gift for the editor. When the time for our scheduled appointment came, I sat down in front of her, bubbling...

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Working 9 to 5

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Books, General, Writing | 1 comment

Working 9 to 5

Have you seen the film 9 to 5 ? A hilarious comedy from 1980, the movie features Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton: three women who find themselves stuck in day jobs, putting up with the daily grind of working 9 to 5. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot all those years I spent working 9 to 5 and punching a time clock. I officially ‘punched out’ on Dec. 31, 2015 when I retired from my ‘day job’ as resident staff writer at a beautiful Northern Michigan castle. Saying goodbye to the castle wasn’t easy, but...

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Sweeping the Sidewalk

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Sweeping the Sidewalk

I was a dumb kid, and things haven’t changed much. Good example: in chatting with a friend the other day, we got talking about ‘personality traits’… what we’d been like as children, and if the same traits held true today. Long after we’d said our good-byes, I was still thinking about our conversation. Am I the same person as that chubby little girl with the dimples and sparkling eyes staring back at me? Yes, the dimples are still there, but my eyes don’t sparkle as much as they once did. I’m no...

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Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break

Longing for a Spring Break get-away? Me, too! Normally I’m content living in the beautiful north country of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. But as I write this, the surrounding countryside is blanketed with snow, and I’m growing colder by the day. A southern island and a sunny beach sound pretty good right now. Unfortunately, my calendar doesn’t allow me to leave just yet. But that doesn’t mean I have to remain stuck in this frozen tundra. In fact, I can leave anytime I want. I’ve done it before and I can do it again… anytime my little heart...

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