Book Launch & Badges

Someone propped open double glass doors and a registration table greeted us inside the auditorium. Sign-in sheet, name tags, brochure, and bulletins with a space for notes. I scanned the room for familiar faces, waved at a few folks I knew, and found a round table with my critique group peeps. White table cloth, Christmas-green…

Hat Lady

#hats #beauty #stylish Visions of swimming in the pond, tadpoles, and trail rides filled my daydreams as I rode the bus home from school. One more week, and it was time for summer vacation. The bus hit a pothole and my head knocked against the window. “Ow!” I leaned away from it and bumped into…

Kindness Anthology

#KindnessMatters #kindness #stranded Does anyone dislike kindness? It’s a virtue—some call it “considerate” and others call it being “nice” when you think of others and their needs. The Kindness anthology book launch is on December 8th! My story, Stranded, depicts a young twenty-something woman stranded at an oversees’ airport. In the 1980s, payphones were the…

Veteran’s Day 2018

#SaluteToService #WWII #VeteransDay Dad told a few stories of his time in the Army Air-core during WWII. His assignment involved aircraft. From what I’ve heard, many of those servicemen were eager to return to civilian life, not be the hero. I’ll write a few of his stories in the future. Four of my uncles also…

Persistent Heart

#balloons #pets #Alzheimers One day, we decided Mom’s pet balloon-heart needed to go in the trash heap. After eight months, the heart’s helium had gone and left it deflated. Mom reminisced about her favorite balloon antics. “Heart drifted over me and touched my face with her ribbon. Remember when she hid behind my bed? I’d…

Acceptance Surprise

#Anthology #shortstories #preschool Short stories based on events in my life are enjoyable to write, and I submit to a variety of publishers. This past week, I received a surprising acceptance email from an editor for a future anthology. I revised my story several times, had it critiqued, then edited it to its current version,…

Ladder and Hammers

#siblings #rooftop #1960s Moonie, Teddy, and Kitty lay in a circle around me for story time. I tried making them sit up, but they always fell over. I grabbed my bunny book— Boom, boom, boom! My book froze midair. “It’s okay. The roof is broken.” I stretched out my legs and plopped the book on…

When Things Change

#POLST #alzheimersawarenessmonth #advancecareplanning Last week was a difficult one. Not a complete surprise, but it still overwhelmed me. It was time for changes in our circumstances. My alarm alerted me it was time to get Mom’s morning started. I always open her blinds and administer her medicines, then bring her a cup of black coffee….

Steamy Kitchen

#alzheimersawarenessmonth #FAMILY #caregiving My reusable plastic shopping bags crinkled when I set them on my kitchen counter. I leaned over it and peeked into the living room. Yep, hubby is napping in his recliner. Voices echoed inside my Mom’s room. I opened the door, and discovered Sis bent over Mom laying a wet towel on…

New Anthology Excitement

#Anthology #amwriting #shortstories Grace Publishing shipped me a sweet and anticipated cardboard treasure box which arrived today. It contained not gold and precious gems, but books, with one of my stories printed on page 63—Soles, in the Short and Sweet goes fourth anthology. Words from my fictionalized non-fiction story dripped through my fingers—hot sun, cold…