You Know You Live In The Country When-

You know you live in the country when neighbor boys stop by to ask if they can fish in your pond, when your Australian Shepherd, Annie, wakes you at 3:00 AM, protesting loudly the raccoon who, uninvited, has come to dinner, when large box turtles amble across the...

Of New Releases and Old Friends

Hello Everybody, Time passes too quickly.  Twenty-Sixteen was a very busy year and things have not slowed down in 2017.  I’m happy to announce that Hard Mountain, book III of the Appalachian Trilogy is finally here, available on Amazon kindle, Nook, and coming...

To Tony in Sarasota Florida

THIS morning I received notice of a new follower to my twitter account, one of my Florida friends, a great graphic artist and designer named Tony.  In addition to the follow, he added this personal message:   Hi Helen, how have you been.  Seeing your book everywhere! ...

New Years 2016

It’s 2016!  Happy New Year!  Happy New Blog! OUT with the old, in with the new, I have a new year before me, now what to do? For starters, I promised myself that I would blog with some reasonable consistency in 2016. So here I am, blogging. This isn’t...

THE BEST LAID PLANS….

Plans are a good thing. I applaud them. I’ve found that if you don’t know where you’re going, chances are good that you won’t get there, or at the very least, you’ll waste a lot of time making U-turns. I had plans for 2015, part of which...

FINDING HOPE

This is the day it began. This is the day she got the phone call that would immediately and irrevocably change her life. She would first drive three hours West from Englewood, Tennessee, and then she would drive seven hours Northeast to Chicago.  She would complete...

WHAT PRICE-FREEDOM

I had planned to title this piece “What Price-Truth?” but that was before my conversation with a former football jock who told me the story that I share with you now. One of my jock’s professors at Michigan State asked his students “How free...

HALLOWEEN NIGHT IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA

Halloween night in small town America is as good a gauge as any in determining whether or not America’s heartbeat and traditions continue on, alive and well. Despite blustering winds that scattered leaves in torrents, falling temperatures, and the threat and...