LITTLE BITTY STUFF

I have an ongoing love affair with Little Bitty Stuff.  One of my favorite things to do is to go to antique and junk stores. But when I go antiquing, I’m not looking for furniture or yard art (well sometimes…) or old undiscovered paintings by famous artists (although I wouldn’t …

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LOVERS ACROSS TIME

If you think about it, and I have,  there are a lot of movies about lovers across time. Great movies, bad movies and everything in between. I’ve been thinking about my favorite time travel movies. I have no rhyme or reason to my list. It’s just a list of movies …

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I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING…

Have you ever known something was going to happen before it did? Have you ever experienced something that you feel like has happened before? In other words, déjà vu? If you have, you’ve experienced a form of telepathy. Telepathy, from the Greek tele, “distant”, and patheia, “feeling”, is defined as …

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CREATIVITY

For some reason I’ve always looked for creative outlets. When I was little, I can remember few times when I was as excited as I was when my daddy brought me home typewriter paper to draw on. A small stack of sheets of creamy white paper was more beautiful to …

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THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

What’s the best book you ever read? Can you answer in 5 seconds? 60 seconds? 60 years? I’m not sure I can. I love books. Let me repeat that. I LOVE books. When I’m not doing other things, I can read a dozen books a week, well–depending on how long …

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THE TABLE GROANED (Food in Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Books)

I love reading the Nero Wolfe books. I have a total reader-crush on Archie Goodwin and I’m sure I’d be happy to sit and listen to Nero Wolfe expound on just about any subject for hours. In fact I’d like to merely sit and watch him think, with his hands …

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THE BIGGEST KID

My daddy was truly a special man. Life with him was filled with laughter, fun, teasing and lots and lots of love. My memories of  school mornings are of Daddy getting up and making breakfast so that Mama could sleep a while longer. He’d wake us up by saying something …

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EMPATHY COULD BE USEFUL

I had known Janie for over a year. We had gone to lunch or dinner together once every couple of weeks with a third friend, Billie. We were all writers. Our evenings together were spent talking about writing–and about work and about home. Most nights, my friends talked about their …

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An Unlikely Mentor

When I first decided I wanted to sell a book, I had been writing for years. As often happened in my life, someone told me or showed me what was possible and then, once I’d seen someone else do it, I would take it and run with it. For whatever …

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The Truth About My Parents, part 2

Much of the last post was really about my mom. Today it is all about dad. My father, in one of his heroic roles as my daddy, was a basketball coach all my life. This meant I grew up surrounded by tall, gorgeous, athletic guys with, for the most part, …

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