Story Magic

I was ten when I first felt it. I’d been reading The Long Winter, and became so immersed in blizzards and hunger and Pa Ingalls’ struggle to keep his family alive, that I was astonished when I looked up and discovered that it was summer outside my bedroom window! At twelve I discovered Jane Eyre, […]
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Clutter

I’ve been trying to de-clutter and simplify my life. It’s not easy, because I keep discovering more things to toss. I’m not just talking about knick-knacks, here—although I’m making headway on that front. So far, this year’s biggest clutter mission has been to rid myself of body-clutter—accumulated pounds that a wake-up call from my doctor […]
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A real life romance…

I visited my aunt yesterday. The last of my mother’s siblings. Two years ago, at age 84, she remarried and moved to Dayton. Sold her farm. Sold the house she’d been born in. Moved into a small cottage in the city with her new husband, also a widower. He was once a professional musician, and […]
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I think I can laugh about it now

It’s taken awhile, but I think I can laugh about it now. ..kind of. My editor interview in Dallas did not go well. I was nervous and accidentally shifted into high gear. Miss Chatty Cathy–that’s me. I told that poor editor everything but my bra size. Those fifteen minutes were filled with more words than […]
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No Electricity!!

It rained all night. Heavy, steady, ground-soaking rain. The kind of rain that loosens dirt and causes tree roots to lose their foothold and topple over onto electrical wires. That’s probably what happened during the night when I awoke to a no-electricity morning. This happens frequently in the country, and yet it is, somehow, always […]
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