Craving Sleep: More Than 40 Winks

Craving Sleep: More Than 40 Winks

Do you crave sleep? Do you have a hard time going to sleep? Or, staying asleep?     Falling Asleep Sleep is a sweet respite from the daily pressures of life. I treasure what Walt Whitman called the “free flight into the wordless, / Away from books, away from...

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How to Watch a Hallmark Movie

How to Watch a Hallmark Movie

Turn on Hallmark Channel   Watch for Glamorous female character, with swirling, highlighted hair and bright eyes.   Note two handsome hunks: One real-estate mogul, loaded but with zero personality The other, a poor artist (or writer) with heart of gold...

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Show Time: Life Stages

Show Time: Life Stages

As a kid, I helped my aproned Grandma Longenecker pick strawberries in her garden close to Anchor Road. As a teen, I packaged bologna at Baum’s Bologna company near Elizabethtown, PA. During my sophomore year in college, I worked as script editor for WEMC, the station...

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If We’d Open People Up

If We’d Open People Up

  “If we’d open people up, we’d find landscapes."     ~ Agnès Varda I found this provocative line in a book I read recently (You Could Make This Place Beautiful by poet Maggie Smith, whose life has been rooted in Ohio). Seeing this line in her memoir, my mind skipped...

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Carolyn’s Treasures: Gifts that Keep on Giving

Carolyn’s Treasures: Gifts that Keep on Giving

Early in the morning on my birthday three Mondays ago, my friend Carolyn sang me the birthday song on my iPhone. I heard her warble the notes to “Happy Birthday to Yooooo” with heart and soul. As always, the notes struck a chord with me. We have exchanged the familiar...

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Fantasy Fireworks and a Special Offer

Fantasy Fireworks and a Special Offer

Roz Chast’s June 19 magazine cover is explosive! She imagines shopping for novelty fireworks in a store of her own wild imagination:   Friendship Ender Lawsuit Huge Rent Increase Pointless Rage Shingles Root Canal Sense of Doom Red Tape Guilt Bomb    ...

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A Dozen Random Photos from My iPhone

A Dozen Random Photos from My iPhone

12 Random Photos from My iPhone   “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”    ~ Katie Thurmes "A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away."     ~ Eudora Welty   Pinterest image   Sisters Sisters Jan and Jean sharing...

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Finding Treasures in Night of Miracles

Finding Treasures in Night of Miracles

I read to relax, to be entertained, and to learn something new. Learning something new is what happened recently as I turned the pages of Mary Pipher’s Writing to Change the World, a book chock-full of scholarly references and bunches of quotable lines, ending with...

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Stressed, Exhausted, or Calm? Check out your Mood

Stressed, Exhausted, or Calm? Check out your Mood

What’s Your Mood? “I often felt blue when my children were younger and my husband and I were beginning our careers. Hormones could have also played a role in my emotional roller-coaster rides. I thought then too that a kick to our household finances and help from a...

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What Happened When I Tidied Up My Studio

What Happened When I Tidied Up My Studio

Oh, my word! What a royal mess my writing studio had become. My space looked a fright at the end of March, just before my memoir launch party April 1. On that day friends and family would descend on our home to inspect my second memoir. They'd head for the refreshment...

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Purple Balloon Announces Launch

Purple Balloon Announces Launch

https://youtu.be/H3lIVaUqzYk   Launch Day! Find new book online through Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookstore: Check out the "My Books" tab on this website. Or click HERE! Thank you! Blurb: Expect to laugh and cry and experience many...

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