Senior Travel

Senior Travel

My husband and I made 19 trips with a group called Road Scholar, a senior travel group that has adventures all over the world. We had a lot of fun adventures both together, and when I took a grandchild on one of their intergenerational trips. On five of those...
Historical Accuracy

Historical Accuracy

Working on any historical book requires research. Lots of Research! What foods did they eat, religious customs, clothing, housing, holidays? How did they talk to each other (you don’t want your characters using slang speech in a historical novel)? Then there is the...
Impulse Purchasing

Impulse Purchasing

Shopping is not my favorite thing, but if I see something that really takes my eye, I’m apt to purchase. I do have a rule on clothes. If I bring three items home, three old items of clothing go into the box for the thrift shop! The last two years I have been...
A Garnet Cross

A Garnet Cross

Years ago, on my 30th birthday, my grandmother presented me with a beautiful old cross made up of Bohemian garnets. Garnet is my birthstone. It was 150 years old according to the date on the back of the cross. I kept it in a safety deposit box as one jeweler told me...
A Tall Tale

A Tall Tale

Tomorrow I fly out to Asheville, North Carolina to attend another Road Scholar seminar. The topic is: The Women of Appalachia; Traditions, Stories, and Song. We will study the history of women in Appalachia, from the Cherokee to the early Scottish settlers. Centuries...
Coffee Time, Friends, and Family

Coffee Time, Friends, and Family

This morning I met two friends, Liz and Mary Lou, for coffee at a nearby coffee shop and we were able to sit and talk for over an hour over lattés. It occurred to me that at this time of my life it is so important to spend time with friends. I went to visit an old...
A Lonely Bird

A Lonely Bird

My husband loved birds. As a boy he raised a young red-tailed hawk as a pet. Its name was Beaky. Frank then graduated to pigeons and raised them at different times of his life. When we married and moved to Northern California he acquired a starting flock and then...
Ancestry Surprises

Ancestry Surprises

A few months ago, I sent a sample off to Ancestry.com to see what story my DNA would tell. It came back 56% Great Britain, 29% Scandinavian, 1% miscellaneous, 6% Eastern Europe, and 7% Western Europe. I could explain the Eastern Europe, as my grandmother was from...
Widowhood and What’s Next!

Widowhood and What’s Next!

From my posts and blogs this past year, it is evident that I am a widow now. That seems to be like catnip to a cat to aspiring interested parties. My Facebook page has come alive with “friend” requests from nice gentlemen, who amazingly all seem to be widowers. I’m...
Book Awards

Book Awards

It still amazes me that I have as many books under my belt as I have. I’m on my 8th Biblical Fiction book, this time again for Whitaker House. It seems a long time since I haunted every editor I could waylay at conferences to promote my first book, Journey to the Well...