I Have Not Come To Mourn. I Have Come To Say Goodbye.

She had been in a nursing home for several years, deteriorating at a snail’s pace. On my annual visits, my brother and I would question the wisdom of stockpiling old people in places like this.

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So Long. I Love You, Babe. A Hospice Story.

From where he sits on the sofa, Vivaldi on the portable CD player next to him, he sees everything but can make sense of nothing. His home gleams. Not a spot of dust anywhere. His wife, with nothing else to do but care for him, has become obsessive. Dust she can control. A husband whose mind deteriorates a little more each day is beyond her.

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A Child, A Cemetery, A Ghost Story

cemetery missouri

“What’s it like to be dead?” she asked him, her voice barely above a whisper.
She tried to imagine it when he didn’t respond. She thought it would be cold. Lonely. Much like her life now. She rubbed her arms as the breeze became a cold wind, gusting against her. She fell against Johnny’s stone, hugging it to keep herself upright.

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The All or Nothing Mentality: Why Generalizations Generally Don’t Work

Rosa Parks did not yell and scream. She did not have a mob behind her yelling and screaming about her rights as a woman and as a human being. Rosa Parks sat on a bus and refused to move. Hers is just one example of demonstrating power. As a woman and as a human being. We could all learn from her example.

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Picky Reader Reads Again

Picky Reader Reads Again I used to do Picky Reader blogs about the books I read for pleasure. I’d say whether I liked the book or didn’t. But as an author I decided I probably shouldn’t be critical of other authors’ works. Even though I tried not be too critical.…

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Between father and daughter: “I’m who I am because of you.”

Between father and daughter: “I’m who I am because of you.” Meghan McCain gives a heartfelt, emotional eulogy for her late father, Senator John McCain. Through her tears she shares his tragedies and triumphs, and his success as a father to whom she was extremely close. And I think, well,…

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When What Was Lost Is Found: Never Give Up Hope

Found lost jewelry

When What Was Lost Is Found  I have become the queen of losing things. Last fall I lost two of my favorite necklaces. One I love not only because my son gave it to me, but it’s one of those pieces that goes with everything. The other was from my…

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IF YOU DARE – Work in Progress – Excerpt

The Red Bud series is shaping up, starting with Book One, IF YOU KNEW, to be released late 2018. IF YOU DARE is the story of Doug Winston’s chance at redemption. Doug is the villain in IF YOU KNEW, persecuting the heroine, Devonny Campbell and using her background in the…

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There But For the Grace of God Go I

Homeless sign

There But For the Grace of God Go I  I get out of my car in the supermarket parking lot at the same time a car slowly cruises by. The woman driver stops and asks if I can help her out. She’s trying to get to the nearby gas station…

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Parents Are Flawed Human Beings. Or Are They?

“We did the best we could.”
At the time I thought, yeah right. That was your best? Well, it wasn’t nearly good enough. Parents of their generation didn’t compliment their children because they didn’t want them to get a big head.

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