The Beat-Up Roasting Pan

Originally posted on WRITE OUTSIDE:
I love to share this, my very first blog post, every Thanksgiving as it holds much meaning to me. It’s been published in a few papers and a magazine, so I feel these feelings resonate with others as well. Hope you enjoy-again!! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you…

Grief is a Dog.

Originally posted on Alice in Authorland:
“Your real life, your whole life, is worth getting your heart broken a few thousand times.” ~ Martha Beck Take a vacation with Grief. Take the trip. I’m not talking about going somewhere, but getting to the bonfire of your broken heart. Take a vacation with Grief the way…

The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

Originally posted on Milly Schmidt:
If you’re a writer, undomesticated equines probably can’t stop you from writing wherever and whenever the tantalising desire strikes. It is a magnetic force that consumes you for a few minutes to a few days at a time, and it can strike randomly and without prejudice. But, unfortunately… there is one thing that…

Write Outside: Autumn

It’s the end of October and autumn has finally showed up. Red, orange and yellow hues slowly crept their way across the mountains, but after the cold snap this weekend the colors have popped! To celebrate our anniversary a week early, we drove all over the Blue Ridge Parkway and its surrounding towns. The hardwoods…

If my Parents were here…

Today, October 1st 2017, would be my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary- were they alive.   I wish so much that I could wish them a Happy Anniversary, throw them a party or hell…just have a conversation or  a laugh with them. I would love to be able to hug them.   Both their lives greatly…

Adventures in Volunteering- Kidsitting

Not all volunteering has to involve helping strangers in need. When looking for volunteering opportunities I also looked in my inner circle as well. Close friends of ours are parents to two young children. In the past, I have tried to make an effort to give them a parent’s night out, away from places that…

No Matter the Stage, We are Never Irrelevant

Originally posted on Sumyanna Writes:
? ? In the autumn sunshine, wind whistles through the eaves of trees and leaves continue their lusty dance full of life and longing. You can hear them rattle against graying branches until at last, they are set free. They wander the hillside in masses twirling, twisting and writhing upon…

Gimpy Gets a Bath

Re-blogging one of my surgical misadventures back in 2014. Leave it to me to find a way to laugh at myself! Hope it gives you a laugh today. Maybe you’ve been through something similar and have funny story to share? Posted by CPERCIACCANTO on JUNE 25, 2014 As stated in my last blog (Gimpy the…

Write Outside: Mountain Lake Edition

August is here and with it brings the last hurrahs of summer. I enjoyed our mountain summer since it lacked the thick humidity and scorching temps I’m familiar with near the central part of the state. I’m happy to report I stuck to my writing goals this summer! My best writing buddy, experienced in screenplays…

Adventures in Volunteering:Community Garden

    I came across my third volunteering venue while working at the Community Table. I was busing tables when I looked up and saw a flyer for the Community Garden. I asked one the volunteers about it and they said they obtain a large portion of their donated produce from this resource.   So…

Write Outside- Country Fields Edition

Welcome Summer!  I hope everyone is enjoying the balmy weather and beautiful sunsets. What plans do you all have for the summer? We have a long awaited vacation coming up in August. I am happy to say my manuscript is in the hands of a professional editor. I met her at my first writer’s conference…

Adventures in Volunteering- Community Table

” Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte I learned of the Community Table from a fellow co-worker. They were my first choice in volunteer venues, but I learned they were on everyone else’s radar too. I made several attempts in January…