Category: Writer’s Life

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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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Answering Writerly Questions

Once people know you are a writer, they ask questions. Usually questions you’ve heard a thousand times before, and you’d think writers would have a quick answer ready. Instead, most of us appear at a loss for words…. Read More

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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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