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Seasons of Change

We deal with change all the time. Day changes into night. Our body changes from hungry to full. Seasons change. But if the cycle is predictable in many ways it may be comforting. Change can be, in the wider scheme of things like fractals. The farther away is your perspective, the more the overall pattern…

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The sounds of silence

                    Noise is on my mind recently. I’m convinced that we endure too much of it in honor of our existence here on earth. Sometime it is the raucous chatter of politicians or the screech of advertising pushing aside real words to gain our attention for…

How I developed the character of Pegasus Quincy for DEATH in COPPER TOWN
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How I developed the character of Pegasus Quincy for DEATH in COPPER TOWN

Usually I begin a new novel with setting. In the case of Death in Copper Town I was fascinated with the history of copper mining in Arizona. It started in the late 1800s, but continued until the 1950s, and even now companies are exploring ways to recover yet more minerals from the earth. Next, I since…

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How do you view the world?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hatred can’t drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be Kind

  My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  Dalai Lama The Phoenix Fire Department motto is “Be Nice.”  I’ve always liked that.  Two words conveying a way of being. Sometimes the hardest things to grasp are  the most simple. The gift of a flower. A pat on the back. A compliment to a…

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Writer’s Block

  I’d been having a miserable writer’s block. Nothing seemed to help. I sang, I danced, I walked around the block, I called my sister. Nada. Then I set the alarm for 4:45 am and changed where I wrote. Instead of at my regular desk I cleaned out a vacant studio and set up a…

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Downton Abbey: Up close and personal

  I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out the fascination of Downton Abbey. Certainly the clothes. How marvelous! And the interweaving of the upper class with those who care for them. But one of the biggest draws for me was watching the vehicles change. They lived in the Age of Transportation, going from horse…

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Connecting with the physical

  I’m a mind girl. Most of my life my brain has directed how I do things, where I go, what I eat, when I sleep. That worked fine when I was twenty, or even thirty. Now, it causes me problems, sometimes. Having a long weekend with not a lot going on, I tried an…

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Letting go

When I was a little girl, my family had an old upright piano, black. We lived in a small house, so the only place available for it was in the baby’s room. That meant whenever he was taking a nap I couldn’t practice. My mother engaged a piano teacher who came promptly on Wednesday afternoons…

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Water Moods

            I often visit Oak Creek Canyon in the summer to dip my feet in the creek at Ensinoso Falls. Because Oak Creek is spring fed, its waters are always breath-stoppingly cold, a welcome refreshment on a summer’s day! This year because of the Slide Fire, all of Oak Creek Canyon is…