Category: A Writer’s Life

Do you talk to things that can’t talk back?

I talk to my dogs, my plants, my car, and lots of things that can’t talk back. It’s anthropomorphizing—a big word that means attaching human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral… Read More

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In My Garden – Resurrection Fern

Almost a year ago, we moved back to Texas. Our top priority was to find housing. We were very fortunate and quickly found a place that suited our needs.Not only was the interior exactly what we wanted, the… Read More

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Gnomes and Google Doodles

Recently, Google’s search engine home page featured a gnome Google Doodle. (Try not to laugh when you say that fast.) If you’re not familiar with the term Google Doodle, it’s the temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s… Read More

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People Watching and A Writer’s Eye

I’m an observer. I learned from an early age that the art of observation could be a lifesaver. When I was young, my mother would drive my grandmother and me along with my two siblings downtown where we’d… Read More

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Southern-isms Explained

We took a trip to Iowa for our granddaughter’s college graduation. Earlier in this spring, we attended another granddaughter’s master degree graduation. So proud of our grandchildren. All twelve of them. We stopped on the way to visit… Read More

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Remember when Memorial Day was always May 30?

From 1868 to 1970 that date was the official day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Some of you may remember. I sure do. As financially strapped students who couldn’t afford… Read More

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Discouraging carpenter bees and evil spirits

We noticed lots of bees when we bought our house in the spring last year. Having never seen them before, the large black bodies hovering near our faces was scary. Beekeeper Brian assured us male carpenter bees were… Read More

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The Return of the Hummingbirds

One of the things we love about the house we bought on our return to Texas was the certification as a Wildlife Habitat House. Maintaining that environment became our goal as we settled in. We had an unusually… Read More

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A Tale of Canna Lilies and Irises

The urge to dig in the dirt attacks me every spring no matter where I live. I miss certain elements of all my gardens. Things like the columbine and poppies of Colorado, Tennessee irises, rhododendron in Connecticut, and… Read More

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A Lizard Poem for National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets established April as poetry month in 1996 to encourage people about the pleasure of reading poetry. It’s all explained here. In honor of poetry month, here’s a little story about poetry writing. Years… Read More

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