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…

Keeper Habit #1

Dear Readers, All of us have spent over a year now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways. Perhaps like me, you have watched others—from a safe distance—in order to gauge how they have coped compared with yourself. I know I have learned some new, beneficial habits from admirable neighbors, family, and friends.…