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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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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in General, Writing | 10 comments

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Funny, the way life turns out. Or perhaps God has a weird sense of humor. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how I was ‘waiting‘ for Christmas. That for some odd reason, things felt different this year. That I didn’t feel like rushing, or doing much of anything. I mentioned how I no longer bake, that I quit sending Christmas cards years ago, and hadn’t yet bought any Christmas presents. And I also said that, while I knew there was a Christmas tree somewhere out there for us, it would probably be of the Charlie...

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Waiting for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Books, General, Writing | 2 comments

Waiting for Christmas

During Mass last Sunday, our parish priest spoke about the season of Advent. The four weeks of Advent which lead up to Christmas are a time of ‘waiting‘, he said. A time of ‘preparing‘… a time of ‘coming‘. I’ve been pondering his words since I left church that morning. All around our little town in Northern Michigan, I see lots of ‘preparing‘ going on. People rushing through the stores, grabbing things from the shelves (50% off! Sale ends soon!), scoping out the best Christmas tree...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in General, Writing | 2 comments

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a great time to step back, pause, and give thanks for all the gifts we’ve received. But it’s hard for me to make a Top #10 List. I’m grateful for so many things. Still, I’m giving it a try (in no particular order):     For my alarm clock that goes off every morning at 5 am. Yes, it’s early. But hearing the alarm means that I am alive, and have another day ahead of me filled with opportunities. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the days wisely, and make a difference in someone’s life.    ...

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The Day I Saw a Ghost

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in General, Writing | Comments Off on The Day I Saw a Ghost

The Day I Saw a Ghost

Do you believe in ghosts? Some people think the mere mention of spirits is silly nonsense. I, however, am a believer in ‘something else out there’. I’ve believed since one summer day when I was 9 years old. That was the day I saw a ghost.   I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where my family lived in a large stately home which was built in the early 1900s. The house had a double living room and a graceful staircase with a polished wooden banister which led to a landing. Beyond the landing, the staircase turned and continued out of sight upstairs to...

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