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Happy Summer! I hope you had a great July 4th. I have recently learned how to pick crabs. It’s hard work to get 

to that succulent meat, but it’s oh-so-worth-it when enjoying the sunny July weather with friends…even if I do end up stabbing myself on their shells at times.

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Christmas Games

I would normally use this space and time to talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, or American ones, or even my own personal ones from the past. This year, though, has been unlike any other Christmas holiday ever, has it not?

I’m sure that, like me, you are finding your own ways of having fun and […]

For the Love of Etsy

Well, the weather is turning cool here in the Mid-Atlantic. Combined with the recent time change and a few trees hesitantly displaying bits of red and orange, I feel like fall is finally arriving, don’t you? Thoughts of autumn make me start thinking about our two big upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Each year I […]

To Treat or Not to Treat, That is the Question

An out-of-state friend of mine just posed a question to me: “What are you going to do with trick-or-treaters this year?”

I was sort of baffled by how to respond. Everything is completely different this year, isn’t it? You can’t assume that it’s easy (or possible) to do anything that you considered perfectly normal last […]

Did You Catch the Author Interviews for THE DEADLY HOURS?

What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been since the release of THE DEADLY HOURS! As of this writing, the book has been in Amazon’s #1 spot for Historical Fiction Anthologies since its release on September 1.

Part of what put it there has been pre-orders from faithful readers like you, for which I […]

Water Finds its Way Around a Rock

I know I don’t have to tell you how much has changed during this time of COVID. All of our normal routines have been disrupted and I know many people are now facing unusual starts to the school year for their children.

The publishing world is not without its own changes and challenges, too. Conferences […]

Who Knew Moths Were So Interesting?

Last month I told you about the Mourning Cloak Butterfly. My best friend, Mary, watches and documents the behavior of a lot of butterflies.

What I have just recently learned, though, is that she is also a moth watcher!

I had always thought of moths as those drab little things that hang around the front […]

Have You Met the Mourning Cloak Butterfly?

You may recall that I mentioned my best friend, Mary, back in my March newsletter. We have been friends for many years and it has only been recently that I learned that she is an avid butterfly and moth watcher. I’ve received many photos from her of these sometimes-extraordinary insects clinging to the […]

Of Ducks and Men

You may recall that in a recent newsletter I told you about the passing of my dear sister-in-law, Lori, as a result of breast cancer.

Time has a way of marching on, of course, even in a time of Coronavirus, and so I have continued to work through grief. My brother has especially had to […]

Best Friends are the Best Things in Life

Do you have a best friend? Someone who has been through many of life’s trials with you? I know I do. Her name is Mary. Mary and I met the day before she got married, as I was invited by a friend of a friend of a friend to attend a pre-wedding celebration […]