When I was young, I wasn’t what you’d call particularly ambitious. I was raised by a very traditional family. If my mom wanted more than to be a good wife and mother, she didn’t say so out loud. She considered work outside the home as something a woman did to help make ends meet. As […]






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It’s been 22 days since I started my social media sabbatical.  With only two exceptions (Tattoo’s engagement and Intrigue author Paula Grave’s death) I have not been on Facebook or Twitter.  I’ll confess I did stay on Snapchat until January 4, but that was to follow my son and his fiancé’s vacation photos.  I logged […]






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Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;  But there’s half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on and on….  (James W. Foley 1874-1939) I’m a big believer in the ripple effect – that like a stone tossed in a pond, one person’s action can build upon itself to have enormous ramifications. […]






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There’s a jar on my windowsill that I call the gratitude jar. I stole the idea from Facebook. (If you can call lifting an idea posted on Facebook as stealing.) Anyway, throughout the year, I’ve stuffed little notes in the jar reminding me of the many blessings in my life. Some are simple like “I’m […]






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Is Anybody Out There? I’ve been asking myself that question for a few weeks now. Since September, I’ve been showing up here every Wednesday and sharing whatever is on my mind. But why? It used to be blogging was a great way to connect with people.  Readers, we writers were told, want to learn more […]






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