Knick-Knacks

Green, Green Grass

Songshine’s WWYT #6 asks us to share a song that we heard from our grandparents. I learned many, many songs from my grandparents, but I sing this particular song to my daughter in the evenings now, subbing in her name. I remember my grandmother playing and singing this song many times. Picking blackberries and working […]

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School Days

This week’s WWYT #5 asks everyone to share a song that they associate with their school days. For me, it has to be Tori Amos’ “Crucify Yourself.” In the 7th grade, my best friend Cena put “Little Earthquakes”on during our first sleepover. Hearing her album was like finding a musical best friend. Since, I’ve shared […]

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The Mother of Cities

The morning after Christmas, we walked frozen cobblestones across the square; there were abandoned igloos around an empty ice-skating rink, and the smell of last night’s soured chestnut soup. A bumpy car ride began our love affair with the Mother of all Cities. Daughter had an icy morning and needed thawing with lots of hugs […]

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Flashback Track #9

Life’s luckiest combinations often happen purely by chance. Today’s flashback track is an example of a peculiar combination of luck. American rock band, Tommy James and the Shondells released “Crimson and Clover” in late 1968 as a rough mix after a radio station interview secretly recorded the track and “accidentally” leaked it. As the band […]

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Disco, Disco Duck

My mother’s record collection was the greatest find of my childhood. Listening to her music was a way of getting to know her in a way she had yet to reveal to me in person. My little sister and I shared a small bedroom with side-by-side single beds in our little white house with a […]

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Fascination—-Journal #2

I’m three weeks in to a six-month novel writing course with Urban Retreat. So far, I’m super happy with the program, the rigor and the helpful advice of the editors that designed the course. This first month is an intense planning boot camp, so I’ve been creating well-rounded main characters who now have their own […]

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Survival of the Silliest

Because we’ve neglected to get better, isn’t our generation far worse than its predecessors? It’s surely not survival of the fittest driving humankind’s existence like a bodybuilding, cross-fit marathon without end. No, buff bodies and battle-ax minds are often the first casualties of wars, diseases, and famines. Bright flames make the biggest targets. I dare […]

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Fascination—Journal #1

I’m all in, friends! Today, I start a six-month novel writing course with Urban Retreat. I’m very excited to take the plunge and commit to this process. I found my novel, Fascination, ten years ago while reading Walter Freeman’s biography, The Lobotomist . Freeman pioneered lobotomies in the United States in an attempt to rid […]

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Life Through The Lens-Feb. 21st

Mr.Bump has been sharing his excellent photography each Sunday afternoon, and I highly recommend taking in his photographs and perhaps joining in by sharing some of your own. Today’s post can be found here. I’m always taking shots on my adventures, although not with as much mastery. Neuschwanstein Castle is called a romantic eclectic, such […]

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Mystery Blogger Award

I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated by Brett @brett_milam for A Mystery Blogger Award after enjoying his varietal blog Milam’s Musings. Starting this blog was a mystery even to myself as I originally set out to create an author’s page and ended up creating a yard sale of thoughts to run throughout the seasons.

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