Appalachian Thursday — Lazy Summer Days

What do you do when you have a whole day before you with pretty much no digital technology to distract you? Oh wait, I remember! That’s how it was when I was a kid. Sure there were three or sometimes four channels to watch on TV, but nothing of much interest. And we eventually hadContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Lazy Summer Days”

Because we need reminders . . .

If you read last Monday’s post, you know I shared my experience of having a minor stroke. I’m ten days out now, and doing remarkably well. The only lingering effects seem to be some bruised ribs from falling and continued numbness in two finger of my left hand. But I think the numbness is fading.Continue reading “Because we need reminders . . .”

Why I want you to be a Christian, too

Let me begin by saying that I realize some people aren’t Christians and have no desire to be persuaded otherwise. This post isn’t to try to convince you to believe. I just feel like it’s important for me to tell you why I would love for you to be a Christian if you aren’t already.Continue reading “Why I want you to be a Christian, too”

Unrealistic Romance Novels

I’ve had cause to read some mainstream romances lately–a genre I haven’t dipped into for years. Back in high school and college I couldn’t get enough of them, but they just haven’t been in my reading pile for quite some time. I’d forgotten how unrealistic they are. And no, I’m NOT talking about the romance.Continue reading “Unrealistic Romance Novels”

Appalachian Thursday–Winter Entertainment

The long, dark, cold days of winter are upon us. It’s just getting light when I take Thistle for her morning constitutional and I can barely squeeze in a quick trot with her at the end of the workday. It’s just dark. And cold. Which got me to thinking about how we used to entertainContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Winter Entertainment”

Christmas is Over–Now What?

It’s over. Christmas is done. Anyone tempted to take the tree down? Oh, the kids are still out of school and maybe there’s still family to visit, but for so many people these are the days when the blahs strike. The anticipation has been building since Halloween and maybe the day met your expectations–or maybeContinue reading “Christmas is Over–Now What?”

Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving

I like Thanksgiving almost as much as Easter. It combines gratitude with amazing food and those are two of my favorite things. And Thanksgiving at our family farm has long held a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving most years centered on my Mom’s family. My grandparents, my aunt andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving”

Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book

I recently turned in the latest round of edits on my third novel–A Tapestry of Secrets–due out in August 2016. The book has gone through several drafts, one of which included a stray dog. In the end, he didn’t fit the story, so he got cut. But I kind of miss that sweet little dogContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book”

Appalachian Thursday–Old Folks

At my church here in the mountains of NC we call homecoming, “Old Folks Day.” I LOVE this. Although there has been some push back in recent years from some of the folks who felt like they were beginning to fall into the “old” category. I see the name as referring to all those people–livingContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Old Folks”

Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary

One year ago yesterday my first, full-length novel officially released to the wide world. Now, one year later, there are two books out there with my name on them not to mention a novella (which is still free if you’ve been meaning to download it!). And a third book in the editing stages which shouldContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary”