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Monday, February 15, 2016      6 comments

My cakes are getting better. This is a cherry blossom inspired cake for my son and SIL who share a Feb 12 birthday. Read more


Friday, February 20, 2015      0 comments

For me, flash stories flow easier in first person. If I'm going to tell an event momentous enough to warrant a story, but compressed enough to tell in 1000 words or so, I feel like a first person retrospective saves a lot of time. Though, t... Read more

What if?

Thursday, February 19, 2015      1 comments

One of the greatest tools of fiction writing is the "what if?" What if there was a school for wizards in England? What if a spider and a pig became friends? What if a high school outcast had telekinetic powers? (Extra brownie point... Read more


Tuesday, February 17, 2015      3 comments

Flash fiction: A style of fiction that is extremely brief. The classic example is: "For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn." Another example:
-a-... Read more

Goal progress: Day 4

Sunday, January 04, 2015      3 comments

Goal 1) So far, so good. I can do 90%. Yesterday, I wanted to have an ice cream after binge-watching "Broadchurch." It's an amazingly written and acted BBC series, but depressing doesn't begin to cover it. Instead of ice cream, I shoveled snow a... Read more

2015 Goals

Friday, January 02, 2015      3 comments

1) Take significant steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Walk the dog when I can. Swim three days a week. Make 90% healthy food choices. 2) Write a new book. 1250 words per day, 5 days a week. 3) Get a better job, either by promotion or at a ... Read more

A prayer for wisdom and serenity

Tuesday, October 08, 2013      2 comments

The Chinese characters on my Spark background have a meaning - Serenity. Serenity is a state of mind. Calm. Peaceful. Tranquil. Unruffled. Well, I'm not calm. I am ... Read more

You really want to be the greatest country in the world?

Thursday, October 03, 2013      7 comments

Here's the thing. I believe that in a first world country, every citizen deserves a certain base level of healthcare. Not a certain basic level of health - that's up to individual choices, genetics and random chance - but a certain basic level o... Read more

You might be a Conservative if...

Friday, August 16, 2013      1 comments

From my friend SUNSHINE65: 1: You're irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer's dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bush earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presi... Read more

My review of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth"

Monday, August 05, 2013      3 comments

As posted on the book's page:
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Monday, May 20, 2013      119 comments

They called him worthless. They said he didn't belong in school. He would never be like other kids. He would never pick up social cues. He would never be able to ma... Read more

Getting my groove back

Monday, February 04, 2013      0 comments

I started a new notebook of free writing this morning. 15 minutes a day - just getting words on the page. For the last two months, I haven't felt worthy of the title "writer." I need to get back into the habit. Read more


Wednesday, January 30, 2013      2 comments

Think about it. If you're going to pick any time of the year to visit this landmark, when would a person go?
-tour.htm If we're going to be there on the 21st o... Read more

Things to do when you're stuck in Iceland

Monday, January 28, 2013      3 comments

The cheapest tickets for our flight to London in June were available through Iceland air. They don't fly direct, so we had no choice but to change planes in Reykjavik, Iceland with either a 1 hour connection or an 8.5 hour layover. I've had... Read more

Going to London!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013      7 comments

Several years ago, my husband and I decided that, in celebration of our son's high school graduation, we would take him on the vacation of his dreams. We've saved for years for this trip, putting money aside in a mututal fund beyond what w... Read more

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