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What Belongs in a Modern Hope Chest?

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The concept of a modern hope chest occurred to us  20 years ago. You know what a hope chest is, don’t you?  Here’s a definition: “A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation […]

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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

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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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