The Beat Up Roasting Pan

Every couple of years I like to re-post this. It was my first published essay and also my first blog. It’s special to me, and every year it’s message rings true! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you planning the big feast,trying to figure out how to prep the turkey, which this holiday revolves…

The Dreaded Decade

  I remember when the first month had passed. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard your laugh or felt one of your loving hugs in thirty days. Unfathomable. Today marks ten years. The dreaded decade mark I can’t believe is here, a decade since our last mother-daughter moment. It seems impossible that I have moved…

Sentimental Pack Rat

* This is dedicated to Dorothy Mitchell and Jeff and Mary Denton* In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra Are you the type of person who becomes attached to things? I am. I’m not talking about being materialistic. Although, that…

The Odd Coffee Cup

IN HONOR OF MOTHER’s DAY- FOR A MOTHER I MISS SO MUCH❤️❤️❤️ Content and beaming with pride, she was happy to be a stay at home mother. But one blustery spring evening, news came of her husband’s sudden passing. Possessing no life insurance, there was little to cushion the financial blow from losing the breadwinner…

Write Outside-Adventure Edition

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah This past January, I finally had the opportunity to visit my family at their seasonal home in El Pescadero and Todos Santos, Mexico. For nearly 8 years we’d been trying to make this trip happen and something always came…

The Journal Project

This is my birthday week, and to celebrate I’m writing about one of my favorite things- journaling. “ I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” ~ Anne Frank Journaling has been a part of my life since I…

A Thanksgiving to forget

  We’ve all been there. My fellow club members know what I’m talking about. (For those of you wondering what club this is-don’t worry-it’s not one you voluntarily join. It’s for us poor sods who have lost a loved one or more.) Shout out to all my grief warriors–I’ve had one of those holidays–the type…

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 The Cat's Write:
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…

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…

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…