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Trustee from the Toolroom as Comfort Novel

I reread Trustee from the Toolroom by Neville Shute yesterday. It had been a long time but I was ill and needed a comfort novel to fill a stormy day. All the unread books on hand were nonfiction and non-compelling. I needed to escape my life, not slug it out. (Much less use my aching […]

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Putting Things into Context–or the Answer to Why?

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to put things into context. It helps me sort out what is happening and what things mean. My husband and children roll their eyes when I “over explain,” (their words) why we’re doing something. I never understood why they wouldn’t want to know the why. Doesn’t […]

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Letting Go: A Book is Like a Child

letting go

The process of letting go of a manuscript is a lot like sending a child into the world. I’ve done it a number of times (manuscripts AND children) and it doesn’t get any easier. I sent a manuscript to my editor this week; a book I’ve been researching and writing for nearly two years. It’s close […]

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The EMT, an Ambulance and Some Cub Scouts


What is your reaction when you see an ambulance barreling down the road at you, lights flashing and siren wailing? Does your heart leap into your throat and your blood pressure soar? Do you pull over (like you’re supposed to) to the right and wait until the ambulance passes? Or, do you ignore the excitement […]

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Veteran’s Day: A Primer

Veteran's Day

November 11 is Veteran’s Day in the United States. It’s been that way since 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day (the original name). He noted: “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, […]

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