The Cure for the Coronavirus Crankies

Man, who knew we could have such strong opinions about toilet paper and washing our hands? And boy howdy, we’re sharing those opinions. And I think it’s safe to say we’re all a little cranky right now. On Sunday, I took a sneezing fit. Which, thankfully, is NOT a symptom of Covid-19. It is, however,Continue reading “The Cure for the Coronavirus Crankies”

The Valley of the Shadow

My Bible study group recently discussed the power of memorizing scripture and then meditating on it. I decided to give it a try and made big plans to memorize something really great–Romans 12, say. So, after a week or two, Thistle and I were walking in the woods and I figured I’d better just goContinue reading “The Valley of the Shadow”

Appalachian Thursday – Homemade Christmas

For those of you paying attention, this is a reworked post from a couple of years ago. But I really like the idea of slowing down and taking time to MAKE Christmas. So here we go again . . . Once upon a time Christmas was simpler. Preparations didn’t start before Halloween, presents were homemade,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Homemade Christmas”

A Bookish Anniversary

Five years ago today my first full-length novel released. On the Sunday before, I held a launch party at my church with a reading, book sale, beans & cornbread supper, bluegrass music, and even some square dancing. It was pretty awesome. And not just because I was finally an honest-to-goodness author. It was wonderful becauseContinue reading “A Bookish Anniversary”

Appalachian Thursday – What do diamonds, women who dunk, and stalagmite sitting have in common?

Today is WV Day. But you probably already knew that. My home state is turning 156 and in honor of the day I thought I’d share some unusual facts about the Mountain State. The largest diamond ever found in North America was discovered in Peterson, WV, by the Jones family. They kept it in aContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – What do diamonds, women who dunk, and stalagmite sitting have in common?”

Lori Benton’s Latest – The King’s Mercy

The best stories combine something the reader can relate to with something altogether new. The familiar paving the way for the unfamiliar. Lori’s latest story is set in places familiar to me in North Carolina. The Cape Fear River, the Yadkin Valley, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. I so enjoyed reading her descriptions of theContinue reading “Lori Benton’s Latest – The King’s Mercy”

Appalachian Thursday – Our WV Deer Farm

My post is late today because I’m visiting family in West Virginia. And, since a picture is allegedly worth a thousand words, I’ll just leave you with a photo from a trip down the driveway this morning. My brother has long said the farm is a deer nursery and I think he’s right. Momma wasn’tContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Our WV Deer Farm”

Memorial Day – Remembering Veterans

Memorial Day is a day set aside for remembering those who have died in the service of our nation. Originally, it was proclaimed in honor of the Civil War dead by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The order became official on May 5, 1868, and was first observedContinue reading “Memorial Day – Remembering Veterans”

Appalachian Thursday – Family Stories

There’s no shortage of great story ideas in the hills and hollers of Appalachia. But my favorite place to mine for stories is my own family. A few years ago, I used to research Dad’s side of the family. We knew our farm had come down through the Phillips line, but I hadn’t realizedContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Family Stories”