Category: Writer’s Life

Saga of the Long Driveway

Our driveway is long. Very long. It also has a killer S curve. We noticed it when we looked at the house. But, there was so much to love about the property with the yard and interior we …

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What to do as Winter gives way to Spring

I read in a weather blog recently that “February is not Houston’s prettiest month” and I have to say, how true. February in Texas is the March of mountain states. Both are the months when Mother Nature is …

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Starting 2019 with FOCUS

2018 is history. 2019’s clock is ticking. A New Year signals a fresh start a new chapter in life with blank pages to fill new questions to be asked new answers to discover It’s a time to move …

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Fruitcake Facts, Folly, and An Offer

Christmas means fruitcake time. It’s the most belittled icon of the season. I’m a fruitcake lover and this is such a sad, sad thing to me. Johnny Carson began the trend of fruitcake bashing with his comment that …

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My Texas Green Thumb

Gardeners claim green thumbs if their plants do well. When we lived in Colorado, if you didn’t have a green house, the growing season was only about two months long. Hardly long enough for anything to grow to …

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The Tale of a Book Title

Book titles and covers are important because the old adage — Readers do judge a book by its cover — is true. So, how can an author know beforehand what’s going to resonate? Wiser people than me have …

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Do mushroom rings appear in your yard?

As seasons transition from spring to summer or fall to winter, there’s lots and lots of rain and these little mushroom rings pop up in yards. Fairy rings, as these sprouting mushrooms are called, frequently appear after wet …

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It’s the Back to School Season

Texas is a seasonless place. Life here is lived in a constant tropical sun. It puts you in a constant state of seasonal disorientation. I’m not complaining merely stating fact. I live here by choice. The lack of …

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The Dog Days of Summer

Here in Texas we’re in the “dog days of summer.” It’s hot, it’s humid, and there doesn’t seem to be any relief. We’re floating in swimming pools, searching for spaces to park our car beneath shade trees when …

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Bottle Tree – A Southern Tradition

“A bottle tree?” Visitors ask when they spot the rebar creation in my flowerbed. I explain people have been creating these “trees” in Southern states for hundreds of years. Appalachian folklore says empty glass bottles placed outside near …

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