Home-made for the Holidays

I come from a long line of “makers” – a family that always made things from scratch and enjoyed creative outlets. Part of this tradition was rooted in poverty and necessity. As one would expect, my Depression-era grandparents looked at every scrap of fabric, wood, paper, etc., as having the potential to become something usefulContinue reading “Home-made for the Holidays”

Celebrating a Success

Greetings Friends! I’m a little late in posting this month. Honestly, it’s been such a busy fall, and I don’t know where the time has gone.  I’m sure many of you can relate. This month, rather than post an essay on my musings about life, I’m sharing an interview I did with my author friend,Continue reading “Celebrating a Success”

Fall Writing Frenzy

One of my favorite writer’s contests is underway, The Fall Writing Frenzy, hosted by author Lydia Lukidis and literary agent Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez. Each year children’s authors are invited to write a fall-themed story of 200 words or less that ties into a GIF provided by the contest organizers. Winners of the contest receive fabulousContinue reading “Fall Writing Frenzy”

Wild Ways

I just finished reviewing a delightful children’s picture book called Moon by Alison Oliver, which you can read about under the Recommended Reads section of my blog. The story reminds us that everyone has a need to be a little bit wild. What “wild” means from one person to the next, no doubt varies considerably. For me being “wild”Continue reading “Wild Ways”

Everyday Heroes

Recently I was asked to review a new children’s book, Tell Me a Story, Babushka, by Carola Schmidt. You can read my review under the Recommended Reads section of this blog. The story is very moving and relatable and has inspired this month’s essay topic – everyday heroes. In this age, theaters are constantly debutingContinue reading “Everyday Heroes”

Babies, Books, and Bonding

So, Friday this week will be a big day for my family. My daughter and her husband are hosting a fish fry with fireworks. They will reveal the sex of our forthcoming grandchild, presumably via pink or blue explosions. I’m excited, of course, and anxious to know – not that it matters because I willContinue reading “Babies, Books, and Bonding”

Memories of Summers Past

School’s out! Let the fun begin! That’s how I always viewed summer vacation when I was a kid. Growing up, my family didn’t always have extra money, so traveling to exciting destinations during summer break was a rare thing. Instead, most summers were spent at home, playing in the backyard, riding our bikes, watching cartoons,Continue reading “Memories of Summers Past”

Hidden in Lilac Memories

Every May, I’m delighted by the return of blooming lilacs, one of my favorite flowers. Since I was a child, this flower has tugged at my heart. I first learned about lilacs while walking home from elementary school, where there was a lilac bush next to the sidewalk near one house on my route. IContinue reading “Hidden in Lilac Memories”

Spring in My Heart

Finally, SPRING crept in. Like light shining through the space beneath a door, her finger-like rays snuck into my wintering mind and began to coax me away from my cold, dark mental state. April is always such a mixed-up time weather-wise. It always feels like too many days of knock-you-down wind, alternating with days ofContinue reading “Spring in My Heart”