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Busywork and the Consequences of Low Expectations Part 2

In my last post, Busywork and the Consequences of Low Expectations Part 1, I chronicled my daughter’s journey from a special education resource room to adult camps geared towards those with special needs. Along the way, I highlighted the missteps by adults who should know better—those professionals who either assumed my daughter was capable ofContinue Reading

Busywork and the Consequences of Low Expectations Part 1

Busywork. It’s everywhere and it takes many forms. This definition sums it up nicely: “Busywork is an activity that is undertaken to pass time and stay busy but in and of itself has little or no actual value.” It’s used in the military, in business (attending useless meetings), and, especially, in education. My daughter hasContinue Reading

Garden Adventures 2021—3 Things I Have Learned

It’s been a strange gardening year for me. We started out with little rain and then experienced more rain than usual during mid-summer. This caused the squash and tomato plants to explode in size. Then the weather changed again, and I had to constantly water, using the spigots attached to soaker hoses my husband setContinue Reading

Open to Interpretation

A while ago I was asked by a Twitter user to offer my thoughts about one of his poems. I had done the same with previous works, and my interpretations had been embraced. However, this time things were different. This poem held different meanings for me, and, according to the poet, the one I offeredContinue Reading

B for BookReview Qs & As

I wrote several “interviews” in preparation for my book tour for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery. Here is one published by  1.    When and where do you prefer to write?  I will usually write starting mid-morning. I write at my desk in the family room, with the TV at low volume so that thereContinue Reading

One Writer’s Oath

This is the first interview I gave for the Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book. Blog: One Writer’s Oath: Inspiration is Truly Where You Find It  My family and I had made Sanibel Island our vacation destination for 20 years when it hit me.  The “it” in this situation wasContinue Reading

It’s That Time of Year Again!

For what, you might ask? Why, gardening, of course! As I fondly look back at the images of my garden last year, I am still amazed at the abundance of vegetables and beautiful flowers that adorned each deck planter. Amazingly, most of my Pinterest pins saved by others have been of my zinnia and cosmosContinue Reading

Virtual Book Tour Ends Friday for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery!

Hello to you all and thank you very much for following me! My book tour with Pump Up Your Book will be ending soon, and that means I will be able to spend more time writing posts! Seven readers have left excellent reviews for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery, and I hope you willContinue Reading

Days 4, 5 and 6 of My Virtual Book Tour for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery

Both the print and e-book versions of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery are available at Amazon! Giveaways for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery! Don’t forget to sign up for my giveaways–ENTER at any of my book tour stops! Depending on the interest, I plan on setting up more giveaways here! Day 4- ElanoraContinue Reading

This Spring

The Twitter Universe I have spent a fair amount of time on Twitter lately, and yesterday I wrote and posted this poem after a grocery store run. From what I have read so far, many poets on Twitter think little of rhyming poems and consider them amateur and “easy.” I received no feedback, so IContinue Reading

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery is now LIVE!

Have you ever had a really really good day? Today is my daughter’s birthday (Yay!), and once again I am a published author. I’m excited to announce that my debut novel, Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery, is now live on Amazon! See my Pinterest Story Pins for information on the characters, reflections on theContinue Reading

April Virtual Book Tour for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery-Part 1

I am excited to announce my virtual blog tour with Pump Up Your Book. The tour is scheduled for the month of April for my middle-grade novel, Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery, and will include reviews, interviews, blog posts and a couple of giveaways. Elanora’s Beginning I started writing the book five years agoContinue Reading

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery

Beathas and Elanora In this chapter of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery, Beathas struggles with the fact that the future of the colony is uncertain. Her hesitation alarms Elanora, who is convinced that without the elder’s support, the colony will ignore her bold plan–a plan she believes is essential for their survival. Interested inContinue Reading

The hunt for the elusive Golden Travel Guide to Italy comes to an end

I admit my years-long hunt for the rare Golden Travel Guide to Italy was at once tedious, disappointing, suspenseful and thrilling. I started searching for this scarce book in 2012 when I was in the process of adding to my collection of Golden Guides. Over the years I have occasionally input the same Google keywordsContinue Reading

Autism Resource Guide

Parenting a child with autism can be challenging, and even though I have not done so, I suspect that parenting a child with autism during a pandemic brings a whole new set of issues. With classes oscillating between virtual and in person, routines are disrupted while the future seems to be in a constant stateContinue Reading

A 3-Hour Leap Back in Time

John K. King Books, Ferndale A few weeks ago, we traveled to John K. King Books in Ferndale. This store is much smaller than the bookstore we visited in Detroit, and just as I was about to leave empty-handed, I spied an enormous book. It looked like a scrapbook, but upon closer inspection, it wasContinue Reading

He asked me. We’re dating.

     November 15th is an important day in our household.      Next to Veterans Day (the 11th—my husband is a navy veteran), November 15th is a day of reckoning of sorts, a celebration that signifies an achievement: for the past eight months two people, through no fault of their own, have had to embrace eachContinue Reading

A Halloween Tale

     Between the ages of 9 and 11, I lived with my parents in a crumbling home in a tiny town in southern Michigan a few miles from the Ohio border. The home itself would be an appropriate reference to Halloween, as I would always hear sounds in the attic (maybe the squirrels?) and thatContinue Reading

The Picture Dictionary-Part I

     For the past several weeks, I have been editing my mystery novel, Island Times Three (A Raymond Gray Mystery), using an online editing program. While it has done a good job of pointing out poor sentence structure, questionable grammar and repetitive words, in the end I will send the manuscript to a professional editorContinue Reading

A Final Garden Update

Well, it’s that time of year again. At least for gardeners in the north.And while we usually don’t experience a frost until the beginning to the middle of October, this year our first frost occurred three nights ago. A few days before that, my husband and I tore out all of the spent plants. IContinue Reading

A Birthday Trek

NOTE: I have been busy editing my book, Island Times Three, and have fallen behind in my posting schedule. Another one of my birthdays occurred last week, and to “celebrate” I told my family I wanted to visit a bookstore.  More precisely, a used books bookstore. Candidates included shops in Ann Arbor, Novi and Brighton.    Continue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

     The ring was nowhere to be found. Lisa had searched every logical place, and after an hour it occurred to her that Glen might have taken it. Which would have been fine since he bought it, but what she really wanted was to give it back to him. A kind of token ceremony representingContinue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

     When the doorbell rang just after eleven the next morning, Lisa expected it to be Glen. But when she yanked open the door, a short, gray-haired woman occupied the porch. And she didn’t seem happy to be there.     “Can I help you?” Lisa asked through the screen door.     “I’m Debbie Krapps,” the woman answered.    Continue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and..

     “She’s so cute!” Vicki gushed, causing several heads to turn in their direction at the Razzle Dazzle, Lisa’s favorite café. She and Glen would walk downtown every Saturday afternoon to visit restaurants with outdoor seating. That is, until he decided to spend more time at the office to guarantee his “promotion.”     “Hah!” Lisa thought.Continue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

     In the four years Lisa lived in the house, this was the first time she was thankful her father had built a fence around the backyard. Twenty years ago he bought the property for $59,000, right before housing prices skyrocketed in the area. Within two years its value jumped to $120,000, and it wasContinue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

     “I’ve been trying to train her,” he told her. “But I think Sharon makes her nervous.”     Lisa watched while Phoebe dug up a cluster of purple asters she had just planted in the ground next to the porch. She had remembered reading somewhere that dogs pick up on their owner’s moods. Could Phoebe beContinue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

     Her afternoon meeting with Frank went well, and she was pleased when he complimented her on a job well done, particularly in the Jackson office. She was alarmed, though, when as she started to leave he asked her out to dinner Saturday night to talk about the week’s problems–his week’s problems.     “I can’t. I’m…busy,”Continue Reading

Lisa Morningstar and…

How to Deal made it to the short story finals in the 2017 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. Because of its length, I will be posting it in “parts.” LISA MORNINGSTAR angrily pushed the power button on her car radio, creating a deafening silence she wasn’t sure she liked. She tucked herContinue Reading

A Garden Update

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero © Unauthorized use and/or duplication of these images or material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. 

The Intangible Foe

     They met on a Friday night in August. Katie had been hesitant to take part in this particular social group because history had proven to her that such gatherings consisted mostly of cliques—small clusters of young adults who had been attending the groups for years. No structure, no methodology was in place to introduceContinue Reading

My Dream Library

     It is a mere 11-1/2 x 13—150 square feet with one double-hung window and one small closet. Some people think it is nothing more than a room with some books.     Far from it—for it is my library.     I have no idea how many books are in this small room, since I have been addingContinue Reading

O Birds of Peace-A Poem

O birds of peace, so aptly named,Your choice to dwell sublime.Among the million bells proclaim,A place to bide your time. A single kin, so fine and frail,Your gift to all the world.So harsh, but yet you will prevail!The plume of young unfurls. The turns you take, the to and fro,Relief each one affords.The steady bond you eachContinue Reading


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