As I write this, I’m sitting at my desk with the windows flung open, reveling in the gorgeous morning outside my door. The mild weather and the hordes of returning college students down the road are reminders that summer is coming to an end. I can’t say I’m sad about the passing of summer (I’m … Continue reading Lessons from Summer
This post is not what I originally intended to write. Yesterday, as I sat at my computer composing my next article, the words flowed from my fingers as if the writing angels were whispering in my ear. Then the power went out. There was no warning flicker, no dimming of the lights. The electricity snapped … Continue reading Forced Unplugging: What Happened When the Lights Went Out
from Jane Austen Is My Spirit Animal (Facebook) Yesterday I ran across this meme after initially seeing it, oh, so many moons ago. At about the same time, I was reminded of the saying, “Some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.” What’s the connection, you ask? If you look closely, both … Continue reading Am I the Pigeon or the Statue? Setting my Writing Routine
Recently I lost myself in the book Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy centered around Lucy Lancaster, a Houston-based genealogist. After she uncovers possible suspects in a 19th-century murder connected to a prominent Texas family, Lucy becomes a target herself when a present-day killer wants her research. This book drew … Continue reading Tacos and Multi-Sensory Writing
Well, life threw me a curveball again. One of my beloved brothers passed away unexpectedly and I have been visiting with my mother, keeping her company as she tried to come to terms with the fact that she just outlived one of her children. She has difficulty with her mobility, so we watched a lot … Continue reading Can a Murder Mystery Be Comforting?
I'm baaaaaack….. First off, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed in myself for not posting at the end of June, as promised. But life kept moving at a breakneck speed and I’m only now putting my tail in my chair, pulling it up to my desk, and forcing my fingers to hover … Continue reading Making Reading a Priority
I’m an avid reader of cozy mysteries. Not much of a surprise, I know, but cozies are only one type of book on my bookshelves. I love to read. I can usually be found with my e-reader or a book nearby. When I shop for a new purse, I walk right by bags that are … Continue reading Avid Readers and How to Become One
“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson In recent months, I have seen the above quote splashed on posters, postcards, tote bags, and t-shirts. Last week, I passed a rack of mugs emblazoned with this declaration of book love. In my favorite use of the quote, Colonial Williamsburg jumped onto the Jefferson book train … Continue reading Book Hoarders: Thomas Jefferson Meets Marie Kondo
This weekend I played tourist. Because I’ve lived in many places in several countries, I discovered that one of the best ways to learn about my home was to seek out the tourist spots. It’s a great way to look at the place I live with different eyes. That’s why on Saturday my husband and … Continue reading Bringing History to Life
Last week on a gloomy afternoon, I curled up in my reading chair and dove into the pages of a book. Ice cold raindrops trailed down the window as I switched on the lamp beside my chair. I was miserable after running errands in the freezing rain and didn’t feel like reading a grocery list, … Continue reading Why does reading make me feel better?