There is rain today; no need for wishing

There is rain today; no need for wishing

“Isn’t it love that keeps us breathing? Isn’t it love we’re sent here for?” Bonnie Raitt, You I wake to Nanci Griffith’s, “I Wish it Would Rain” playing like a jukebox between my ears. Eight lines in particular run through my mind as I brush my teeth and put on my workout clothes. Once I […]

RIP, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Dear Mr. Hoffman, Thank you for the artistry you brought to this world. Thank you for sharing your gifts during the short time you were with us. You made the world lighter for those of us lucky enough to watch your performances. You inspired many other artists of all mediums to reach deeper for perfection. […]

Interview and Excerpt from “Tea and Primroses”

We started out with a bit of a bang today with an interview and an excerpt from “Tea and Primroses”. Click on the links to read! Thanks to “Readers and Writers Connect” for hosting us! I appreciate it very much. Excerpt Interview

Don’t Ever Leave Me

Don’t Ever Leave Me

Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection, is set in the fictional coastal town of Legley Bay, Oregon. The novels in this collection are always titled something edible with a flower. If you read Caramel and Magnolias you know that the main character, Peter Ball, a Seattle police detective who grew up in […]

Happy New Year

Making resolutions is something my mother and I have done for as long as I can remember. Like many of you, my goals in the past have been focused on weight loss and exercise, always with a level of disgust and self-hatred at my perceived weakness for those 5-10 pounds I’ve struggled to keep off […]

In Their Guessing

In Their Guessing

The idea comes unexpectedly for a Christmas surprise for my girls. Kittens – two of them – one for each daughter. They’ve asked for one over and over after we had to let our sweet but high-maintenance puppy live full-time with their dad. I mull it over for several days, thinking through the logistics and […]

Waking up Happy

Waking up Happy

In early July I met a man via Match.com. We dated until the Saturday after Halloween. I know this because he decided to, in his words, “end the relationship” via a text, two days after Halloween. I know it was two days after Halloween because he spent that holiday with my girls and me and […]

For Heather

For Heather

Heather, my partner in crime at Booktrope (she’s the marketing guru behind all my success) went out on maternity leave yesterday. Her baby girl is supposed to come anytime. I decided to give her some unasked for advice on the cusp of the biggest, most amazing, wonderful event that’s about to rock her world from […]

A Day of Colors

A Day of Colors

The day was colors. A yellow sunrise. Blue sky and crimson leaves. A room of white-haired ladies. Emerson’s pink cheeks against a green playground. The day was beautiful. It made my heart ache with gratitude. Today was a break from my usual routine of autumn. The weather was sunny instead of  rainy. I spoke at […]

The Grand Conspiracy of Silence

This is supposed to be a blog that inspires. Well, today, I just don’t have it in me. Today, I’m feeling distinctly uninspired. Today I’m feeling like a worn-out, beat up mom. It’s been a long week. So long, in fact, that I can’t really remember Monday or Tuesday, except for a moment after school […]