Mourning the Death of a Friend I Thought I Knew

Mourning the Death of a Friend I Thought I Knew

What Is May Not Be Last week our community sat in disbelief as we first heard of the breaking news in our area. Law enforcement set up a sting operation where over 1,000 people responded to online child sex ads. The arrests of 26 men in the “Tri-Cities Net Nanny...
Things to Remember When Life Gets Really Hard

Things to Remember When Life Gets Really Hard

Remember When Life Gets Hard We’ve all had days when life doesn’t seem to go our way. Sometimes those days turn into weeks or months, leaving us lost in a season where our world feels off track and out of balance. We want more, but we get less. We want...
How to Bake a Book

How to Bake a Book

Writing and Baking, Books and Pies   “Instead of studying Locke,–I go make an apple pie, or study Joy of Cooking, reading it like a rare novel.” -Sylvia Plath I remember the first time I baked a pie from scratch. I was in high school and grabbed my mom’s...
Don’t Lose Faith In Who You Are

Don’t Lose Faith In Who You Are

Having Faith In What Really Matters A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I watched “Bridge of Spies.” Towards the end of the movie Jim Donovan and Francis Powers are sitting on a plane waiting to take off when Powers tells Donovan, “I gave them...
Remembering a Loyal Friend

Remembering a Loyal Friend

Losing a Beloved Pet The sound came from inside my kitchen as I sat on the back deck. A gut wrenching howl followed by shrieking and whining at a decibel I have never heard from one of my puppies. The whining wasn’t new, but the depth from which it came startled me...
Channeling Nancy Drew

Channeling Nancy Drew

Searching A Mystery From My Past When I was a kid, I loved reading Nancy Drew books. I had every one of those yellow hardback beauties, but sadly I left them behind when I got married, and they are long gone.  It is my hope to one day replace that collection. I miss...
Five Decades of Time Travel in One Afternoon

Five Decades of Time Travel in One Afternoon

Reminiscing Over 50 Years… I have been traveling today. Traveling back in time and reminiscing over the last 50 plus years of my life. Family photos have a way of bringing back sweet memories of years gone by. Glancing over the various decades of my life, while...
Why Naming Your Inner Critic Is So Important

Why Naming Your Inner Critic Is So Important

Naming Your Inner Critic A few weeks ago I flew to Reno for my very first writers retreat. Not only was it out of my time zone, it was out of my comfort zone. I’ve always told my children if you’re comfortable you’re not growing. Walking to my departing flight, I...

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