Golden Flicks: Reel #1

Hello, Movie Lovers! One of my favorite pastimes is watching movies from and studying the history and bios of The Golden Age of Hollywood. As you might guess, I have a book collection to nurture my hobby. There is something timeless and enchanting for me about Hollywood movies from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. Many…

Here’s the Scoop!

Dear Kids and All Readers, For many, summertime is ICE CREAM time. But did you know that the frozen treat has an interesting history? Kathleen Kalb from Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Village (of which I’m a villager) posted some fun historical facts about how ice cream came to be. She got the information from #goodreads in…

I’m Not Lion

Dear Kids and All Readers, Somewhere, in nearly every work of fiction, you’ll find a little piece of the author’s life–added with tongue in cheek or, possibly, to cement the object or idea in immortality. This addition could be something significant like a character’s name, personality trait, or journey, mirroring the author’s. But it could…

A Blessed Addition

Hello, Kids and all Readers, I have just returned from Virginia where I helped welcome and care for my second grandchild–a baby boy, this time. Whoohoo! My daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, granddog, and I welcomed Baby Flynn on May 29. He’s a happy, healthy little guy who already has us wrapped around his tiny fingers and…

Keeper Habit #5

We’ve arrived at the fifth and final installment of my Post-Pandemic Keeper Habits. Last time, I discussed “Remain Good Friends with my House.” Here is Number Five: 5. Embrace the Writerly Solitude. I have gotten comfortable with the stereotypically solitary writer, holed up at my desk, with my dog and my house cheering me on. Ever hear…

Keeper Habit #4

I present to you the fourth installment of my Post-Pandemic Keeper Habits. Last time, I discussed #3, “Revamp the Exercise Routine.” Here comes Number Four: 4. Remain Good Friends with my House. I’ve loved living in my nearly one-hundred-year-old house for three decades. But did I really know it down to its nooks, crannies, and floor…

Keeper Habit #3

Here is the third installment of my Post-Pandemic Keeper Habits. Last time, I discussed “Practice Ethical Actions and Random Acts of Kindness.” Here comes Number Three: 3. Revamp the Exercise Routine. I used to go to the Y twice weekly for yoga, strength training, and cardio. Then, it shuttered. Undaunted, though it took me a while…

Keeper Habit #2

Dear Readers, Here is the second installment of my Post-Pandemic Keeper Habits. Last time, I discussed “Making Do.” Here is Number Two: 2. Practice Ethical Actions and Random Acts of Kindness. I’m a bleeding heart. For me, it’s incurable, but that’s fine. I had just released my first book right before the Lock Down occurred last…