February 14, 2020

We meet characters in our every-day lives and they become “the pages of our stories,” my publisher friend Kathy said. In my not too distant past, I met a superhero disguised as an elementary teacher. His “character” has stayed with me. I wrote about him for the local n...

January 3, 2020

"We are often asked to see into the future and envision where we will be six months from now, a year from now, or five years from now. What will my life look like when we meet again at the beginning of 2021?" This is how I started my recent "book bubble" through an onl...

December 24, 2019

So here we are on the Eve of Christmas 2019. We give and receive gifts; we celebrate with candlelight services; and we gather with friends, and maybe a few foes.

The final days in December dwindle and whop! Square in the face we are slapped by January, and the leap to a...

November 27, 2019

What do you have to give? What can you give up freely?

It's the giving season. It begins with Thanks-giving and continues until ..., well, when does your giving season end? Dec. 25? (Or for you is this the getting season?)

No matter. The next several weeks will slip righ...

November 21, 2019

"Look, mom, those clothes are in a confinement shop," my four-year-old said. My mom and I laughed. To be sure, the clothes were confined to the store, but the word my child was looking for was "consignment."

Close. Maybe even correct to an extent. But, nevertheless, t...

November 1, 2019

Boo to you. Halloween may be over, but many of us still love the thrill of a good scare. Why is it that some of us like to scare others, even if we don't enjoy getting spooked?

In the house I grew up in, with three brothers, someone always had to be aware. One of us, or...

October 25, 2019

I'm the keeper of old things. Old typewriters. Bottles. Farm implements. My house is in some ways a museum of a slice of Americana. In the photo I am touching the typewriter used by Mickey Spillane. And as awesome as that was, I am enamored with technology, especially...

October 17, 2019

High schools, colleges, and universities have them. Where I'm from, churches have them. Usually in October. Sort of a harvest festival.
Homecomings are those gatherings where people you know and remember, along with the ones you've forgotten and will get t...

October 4, 2019

We are all someone to someone. By that, I mean we have people who influence us, mentor us, lead us, and, sometimes, keep us in check.
I remember a man named Merlee. Mr. Merlee. If I try really hard, I might remember his last name. But we all called him Mr. Merlee. Firs...

September 23, 2019

Oh my! So, publishing a book is a little like offering your soul up for examination … and so I have. Gathering, Homespun Essays from Beech Tree Lane, is out!

You can buy it online from various links. I’ve done the research. Slip over and visit the "Books and Where to fi...

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