ON SAYING GOOD-BYE TO NOVEMBER

Time seems to be spinning by faster than ever.  November is gone and we face the end of the year 2017.  November was a good month, a very good month for this writer, for it brought me more love, more responsibilities and my new son, Jacob, who is a joy and a delight...

THOUGHTS ON BEING A MENTOR

Good mornin’ folks. I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since we talked but it’s just that my author’s been so danged busy! There’s so much goin’ on, she ain’t got time to scratch an itch much less time to write to the...

ON BEING THANKFUL

It’s 28 frosty degrees outside this Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017, at my home, Jacob’s Pond, in East Tennessee. This past week was exciting and wonderful in many, many ways.  I posted this announcement on my Facebook page, Tuesday, November 21st:...

ON THOUGHTS WHILE TRAVELING BUT A SHORT DISTANCE

This rainy Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017, I rose early to drive Jacob from a visit in Maryville, Tennessee, to his school in Athens, TN.  The drive is a little over an hour and while Jacob slept, my mind wandered to writing, to vocabulary, to my likes and...

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Have you ever painted a room or a house, stood back to admire your work, and realized you don’t like the color at all? You feel frustrated, betrayed.  How could you make such a mistake? How much money and time did you invest in something you were certain you...

HILLBILLY LIVES MATTER!

Dear friends, If you happened to stop by here, please understand, that, as a writer, I am encouraged, by those more knowledgeable (and prosperous) than me, to stay far, far away from politics and from all things political.  But, I have a short fuse anyway, and once in...

Against All Odds

So, how was your week? Sometimes, after a particularly challenging period in our lives, it’s nice to get new and unexpected good news. In the past two weeks, not one, but two, of my computers crashed, the second taking with it the most up-to-date versions of two...

Hurricane Harvey, Heroes and Heartache

I am a native Dallas Texan and, for this writer, watching events unfold in Houston and the surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey is an emotional roller coaster complete with prayers, tears, and restored faith in our American family.  The man standing on the...

Country Dreaming

I woke this morning planning to focus on creating an outline for my next book.  Unless I change my mind, book IV of the Appalachian Chronicles will begin in Southeastern Appalachia in the early 40s and the main character will not be a McKinley family member.  With...

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...