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Madison Monday: a reading…

This Saturday I did my first ever public reading of my stories that have actually been published. It all happened because the lovely, effervescent, beautiful Leesa Cross-Smith asked me to read along with her at Village Lights … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Road work

Madison Monday: the hole in…

There’s a hole in the street in front of my house. Not a pothole. Not a tiny little dimple in the surface of the concrete. No, this is the kind of hole that took effort to make. Jackhammers and backhoes. Hours and days were spent … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

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Reduction…

This morning I decided to make roasted tomato paste out of the tomatoes from our garden. I started first thing in the morning. My mom always tries to get her canning done early in the morning, when it's still cool, because the oven … Read More >>

Bookish Thoughts

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Books I’ve read so far this summer

It's that time of summer when the waiting begins. Going outside at least several times a day to check the length of the little eggplant forming. The size of the pepper. The color of the tomatoes hanging on the vine. Before the next wave of vegetable inundation … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

Sanibel beach

Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Zucchini pasta salad with green beans, feta, garbanzo beans and dill

Me vs. the zucchini, part 2

I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome. Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

Image on the outside of the catalog

There is no skinny woman within

So this catalog showed up in my mail today. I've never heard of this company. Never ordered anything from them. I brought it inside and sat it on the dining room table and only just now picked it up. Are they selling luggage, I thought. I don't need luggage. Why … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

Co-host of my new Sunday pre-game show

A Sunday without football is…

A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven. But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

I love this ballpark and the view.

A night at the game

- We sat behind home plate, and things look different back there. From that angle, sometimes even I can tell the difference between a ball and a strike before the umpire makes the call.   - From where we sat, you could see some of the dugout. The Reds … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

This is as sophisticated as my chart-making gets.

My Path to Getting Published Blog Tour

I really liked this idea from Brooke Fossey over at the blog for Carve Magazine (my very favorite literary magazine). It's a blog tour where authors share their own path to getting published. It's always interesting to see behind the scenes of other writer's … Read More >>

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Madison Monday

Madison Monday Flashback: The view of the stacks

This Monday, we're going  back to my post on the view of the stacks in honor of  my story, "Far from Home," which is up for Story of the Month at Bartleby Snopes. After you read about the stacks, go check out the story and vote for it here by scrolling down to the … Read More >>

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Mindful Thoughts

pizza

How to make black bean pizza

One of my family’s favorite meals is homemade pizza–a black bean pizza. I make the dough in the bread machine and it takes an hour and fifty minutes. I used to put the ingredients in at any old time of the day. The dough can sit in the bread machine until it’s time … Read More >>

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Madison Monday: the hole in the street

Road work

There’s a hole in the street in front of my house. Not a pothole. Not a tiny little dimple in the surface of the concrete. No, this is the kind of … Read More >>

Madison Monday Flashback: The view of the stacks

This Monday, we're going  back to my post on the view of the stacks in honor of  my story, "Far from Home," which is up for Story of the Month at … Read More >>

About Far from Home

Stories are not like children; you do have favorites. “Far from Home” is one of mine, so forgive me in advance if I have a lot to say about this one. … Read More >>

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