Luxurious Mountain Fall

Fall has been fantastic in Western North Carolina this year. And I love everything about it! I love the sensation of a cool breeze on my skin and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. I enjoy long walks with my dog and cat ( yes cat) looking up into the boughs of autumnal colored…

Nature Infuses the Writer’s Soul

I hope you all are enjoying your summers, and maybe squeezing in a mini break or two! We have been experiencing daily summer storms here in the mountains which has made for a very green summer. Have any of you got outside to feel all that nature has to offer? Nature is definitely my muse,…

Grow Where You are Planted…

Grow Where You Are Planted… Look around you. What blessings and opportunities are you missing? Take hold of the low hanging fruit. Seize this moment you have been given. The past is in the past. The future is yours to mold. Stop complaining about things that are out of your control. Take heed of the…

Frozen Waterfalls and Other Snowy Beauties

Here in the NC mountains we have been experiencing colder than usual temperatures for extended period of times. As much as I detest my face hurting when I walk outside, the frozen beauty the single digits bring is almost worth it. My hubby and I started the year off with a couple of chilly hikes….

Scenes of Christmas in the Mountains

Merry Christmas one and all! I hope everyone reading this had a beautiful and restful Christmas with family and friends, near and far. I wanted to share some Christmas photography that I’ve taken throughout my travels in the mountains of Western NC this holiday season. Along with the pictures, I hope you enjoy the seasoned…

I’m Taking it Back

In Cheryl Sandberg’s recent memoir, Option B, she asks what we have “taken back” since experiencing a life-altering loss.   I’m reading Option B as a mini book club of sorts with my best friend. We read a chapter each week and then email each other our thoughts and feelings. We all have a Plan…

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…

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…

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…

Open Road

 A blank page is like an open road– full of opportunities. ~ Cara Perciaccanto I had the pleasure of  listening to Terry Kay present at a writer’s seminar in Sylva, NC this past weekend. The sage author was full of helpful tips, witty banter and poignant one liners. The audience was sad to learn this…

A Question for Writers

  I’m having a writer’s crisis of conscious….   How do you all divide your week between work, family, friends and writing? What does the graph look like when you break it down into percentages?   As a wife with a full time job, the percentage I devote to writing each week varies but is…

Winter’s Edition of “Write Outside”

With spring like weather visiting the mountains of North Carolina, my husband and I took a short hike into the nearby national park. It was overcast when we started out,causing a slight chill to the air, but an hour into our hike the clouds scattered, leaving us to chase blue skies. On my next blog,…