A Marvelous Metal Father’s Day Card

“Whoa, what have we got here?” Daddy Cliff asked as he made a ceremony of pulling a heavy rectangle out of the paper bag. “It’s your Father’s Day card!” Joel exclaimed, looking at his dad’s face, smiling from ear to ear. Eyeballing the odd card, Dad fingered the...

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Aunt Ruthie’s HOT! Diary

Is it hot where you live? Cool? Just right?   In May our part of the world experienced hotter than normal temps. We are used to high 90s in northeast Florida, but usually not this early. May 27           100 degrees May 28           99 degrees May 29           98...

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7 Tips: Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing: Taking in the natural world through one’s senses       How to: Forest-Bathe Savor sights, sounds, follow your nose as you head into the forest or park. Listen to the tap-tap-tap of a beak on wood or the two-tone note of a birdcall. Walk barefoot on...

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Rachel Held Evans and My Brother Mark

Rachel Held Evans died on May 4, 2019 at age 37. She left behind a grieving husband Dan, two small children, and a host of admirers including me. She was the author of four books; I read her first one. Her untimely death ignited a public outcry. The Washington Post...

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Lets Eat Grandma

My Grandma liked to cook and she liked to eat. She has a starring role in my memoir, spotlighted in two chapters: Grandma’s Bountiful Table and Easter & Politics. Everyone had a seat at her table. I treasure time I spent preparing meals with her and having her...

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About My Mother 2019

I have written about my mother often here. You have seen photos of her, read stories about her. Intentionally, I have paid tribute to her on Mother’s Days past. Here is a sampling: Bedtime Stories and Wooden Blocks and Beads Mother's Quilts Mother's Other Daughters My...

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Chopped! Writer as Sous-Chef

What to Do When You are Sick of Writing (or any other brain-sucking activity) Just ask Caroline Carlson, who wrote The Door at the End of the World, a book I won (by the luck of the draw) for commenting on L. Marie's website. Woo Hoo!   Here is Caroline's solution to...

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Memoir Progress and a Blossom in a Pear Tree

Pear Tree Blossoms   Blossoms on our pear tree beside the lake peek out   A few at a time Then more . . . and, finally, the pear tree standing in a dress of white blossoms.     Book writing, too, starts small . . . My memoir began as a Kinko-bound collection of...

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Easter 2019 with Memories of Mother

      A Mom Moment   * * *   On Good Friday, my mother, busy in the house and garden, would cease her labors from noon to 3:00 p.m, and sit with an open Bible for a quiet time of reflection. She probably read these words from Luke 23:44-46 44 And it was about the...

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You’re Only Young Once and Other Myths

The saying You’re Only Young Once gives youth license to enjoy themselves, implying that as you age, you will enjoy life less and less.  FUN is OVER for you forever! I’m guessing that you don’t accept that idea.    * * * Did you know Dr. Seuss published his book,...

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Tidy Trees and Logo Launch

Marie Kondo must have waved her magic wand over our live oak trees last week. The Tidying Up maven Marie specializes in tidy tricks indoors. Still, I think she would approve of outdoor maintenance, which happened on our property last Tuesday. A weak sun peers through...

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Confession of a Cone Head

        The Damage Mouth agape, wide-eyed and stunned at the WaWa station – I beheld a tee-shirted man holding a frosty drink and belly laughing at me. In the bay just ahead, this guy observed what I failed to see: two traffic cones smashed under my two wheels. Not...

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Walking Crooked, Writing Straight

“Nana, let’s go for a walk!” Ian was tired of being penned up inside while his older brother worked in our yard. “Of course!" I tell him. Squirrels scamper, cardinals cheer. Even though the sky is misty gray, the earth looks and sounds alive.     Eleven year olds...

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Cover Reveal II and a Blogiversary

  Fancy little girl Plain young woman   Those six words summarize the first 24 years of my life as a Mennonite in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. And these words are reflected in photos on my memoir cover, front and back. (Here is the link to my first cover...

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My Cover Reveal: Behind the Scenes

  You are invited to my cover reveal today February 20, 2019     My memoir reflects the first 24 years of my life as a Mennonite girl ***   Would you buy this book? It takes a few seconds (1-2 eye-blinks) for readers to decide whether to buy a book randomly spotted in...

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My Heritage, DNA, and Dani Shapiro

“I wonder what a DNA test would show. My dad’s Scotch-Irish I think and my mother is full-blooded German. But maybe some other genes are mixed in there,” my husband mused. “Well, there’s one sure way to find out. Get a DNA test,” I replied. And so for Christmas 2018...

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