What happens when goals and age collide? One of my goals is to complete a series of Middle Grade novels. A few years ago, I participated in NaNoWriMo. I put in long stretches of time at the keyboard—often typing as much as 8,000 – 10,000 words / day on that first novel. No ill effects … More Who Me?
The grandchildren and I played outside in the sunshine. The children rode their bikes in the driveway while I tethered the dog to the lamppost. A young woman walked up to us carrying a satchel. She sang out in a chipper voice. “I’m in your neighborhood to sell this fantastic new cleaning product.” The dog … More Sales Fail
Did you read last week’s article: Why Kindle? If not, please do so before reading this post. While writing that article, I debated which way to spell the shortened word for electronic books. Which is it: Ebook, eBook, ebook or e-book? My Word program only recognized “e-book.” It spell-checked everything else. Amazon chose Ebook. Grammar … More Which is it?
Last week I shared several national holidays for February. The February calendar has more things to celebrate this coming weekend. Friday, February 12 is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Why not celebrate his birthday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois? You still have time to plan. It could be a great … More More February to Celebrate
Do you hate February? One of my friends considers this month the absolute worst of the whole year—mainly because she despises winter. But February has several interesting national holidays that just might lift her spirits and yours if the winter blahs are getting you down, too. February 1 National Freedom Day – We have numerous … More FEBRUARY
My granddaughter Lilly’s fine hair is often tangled. I used to comb out her tangles with a fine-toothed comb. (See the light blue comb in the photo above.) No matter how gently I combed, Lilly pulled away even when her hair was not tangled. Finally, I decided the comb’s teeth were too sharp for her … More Lilly’s Logic
When my first child was a baby, I noticed a pattern of behavior. At developmental stages my baby fussed for several days. Nothing I did comforted him. Then suddenly he would learn a new skill. He rolled over, or sat up, or crawled. Unseen by me his little mind had worked until it mastered his … More The Pattern of Struggle
Two and a half years ago our neighbors were transferred to another state for a job that would last approximately two years. They sold their house and said their goodbyes. Fast forward to fall 2020. One day I saw her walking in front of their old house. “Is that you, Cece?” I asked. “What are … More ASK!
Tonight is your chance to see the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The orbits of the two planets align approximately every twenty years, but this year we can see it during the early evening. The last time this astronomical event was visible was in 1226, nearly 800 years ago. Since this year’s event coincides … More The Great Conjunction or Christmas Star
Every family has favorite Christmas traditions. One of our favorites is when the entire family gathers at our house to celebrate. When adult children marry, another layer of complexity is added to family traditions. It’s important to consider everyone in the planning. We usually compare schedules to come up with the best day for everyone. … More Christmas Plans Change