Gardening, Reflections, Writing

Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

Only a few weeks ago, I thought this flower was a fail. But it turned out to be a gardening win. And while it lasts, for me it is more than a zinnia. It is my writing cheerleader. In the summer, I like to work from my screened-in back porch. It is a small, cozy… Continue reading Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

Gardening

How to know when to harvest beets

“Sir, it’s always beets.” (Portlandia, Season 4, Episode 3.) Dwight Schrute devoted his farm to beets. Portlandia’s writers came up with a skit featuring beets. And this year, we decided to grow beets. This was our first time planting the root vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals. It isn’t just the root that is good… Continue reading How to know when to harvest beets

giveaway, Writing

Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

My novel Erasing the Past was released on audiobook today! Narrator Brian McGovern has put together a superb performance of the romantic suspense novel with a sci-fi twist. Erasing the Past has touches of The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Notebook and even the film drama, Mr. Nobody. To celebrate the latest release, I have five… Continue reading Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

Gardening

The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.

I like working in the garden. I like thinking about working in the garden. And it may come as no surprise that I even like grading my gardening efforts. I analyze both the triumphs and the opportunities for improvement. As the spring transitions into summer, here are a few of my gardening yeas and nays.… Continue reading The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.

Reflections

Four thoughts on how to live a rich and rewarding life

When my kids were little, my life advice to them was lofty. The older they got, the more practical I became. By the time they entered college, my counsel revolved around debt avoidance and family planning. But now, my youngest will celebrate college commencement. I’m facing an empty nest. As a result, I’ve been pondering… Continue reading Four thoughts on how to live a rich and rewarding life

Reflections

The unexpected joy of midlife friendship

Friday is friend day. Once a week, I get together with a group of female friends in the late afternoon at a coffee shop on “The Hill” in St. Louis. We chat about our lives. We share our triumphs and challenges. We talk about families, careers, movies and politics. By 5 p.m., we scatter, promising… Continue reading The unexpected joy of midlife friendship