My relationship with sewing machines
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My relationship with sewing machines

When I was young, the neighbor lady on the corner took in sewing. After school I’d often go over to her house and play with the scraps of fabric she collected just for me in a box she kept beside the machine. Some of my earliest memories are of the clickety-clack of her treadle moving…

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Perfect moments can be had

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  Leonard Nimoy

The setting of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH
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The setting of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH

The most frequent questions I get about the title of the second Pegasus Quincy novel are: How do you pronounce Tavasci? That one is easy: Tah-vas’-ski AND, Is Tavasci Marsh a real place? It certainly is! I’ve lived in the Verde Valley for many years, and Tavasci Marsh is one of my favorite places to…

Finding peace in a frantic world
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Finding peace in a frantic world

“I want to be able to live without a crowded calendar. I want to be able to read a book without feeling guilty, or go to a concert when I like.” Golda Meir Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel for ten years and active in public service all of her life was described as strong-willed,…

Increase Productivity Through Immediate Rewards
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Increase Productivity Through Immediate Rewards

  Have you ever listened to the dialogue you have everyday with yourself? For example we’re all familiar with the Critic: You idiot! Why did you think that would ever work? They’re all laughing at you. The “you” in this case often doesn’t talk back, but simply cowers in a virtual corner, taking in, and worse, accepting the…

5 Ways to Help your Beta Readers

5 Ways to Help your Beta Readers

I’m an Indie mystery series writer. I find my Beta readers get very cranky when I ask them to read for content and development, and they spend most of their time catching typos and missing words. So I’ve developed the following protocol, which helps me help them: I am aware of the quirks of the…

The tale of Elizabeth the washerwoman and the blue Hubbard squash
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The tale of Elizabeth the washerwoman and the blue Hubbard squash

This past growing season I’ve had the rewarding opportunity to be part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) run by Deb Lentz and her husband Richard Andres called Tantre Farm. This Michigan farm has been totally organic since 1993 and produces the most amazing food! As part of our last share of the extended season,…

The added dimension of cat-ness
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The added dimension of cat-ness

I’ve lived with cats all of my life. When I was little girl in South Dakota, I would coming running home after school to see the kittens. My mother forbade us to touch them until their eyes opened, about ten days after birth. That ten days seemed to last forever! Finally eyelids would open to…

Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance
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Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance

  My sister’s book club is reading one of Julia Cameron’s books, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond. I promised her I’d take a look at it. I did, and it is delightful. I recommend it highly! In the process, though, I came across another book by Ms. Cameron,…