Remembering 9/11/19

Remembering 9/11/19

Once again that auspicious date has rolled around and we commemorate a day 18 years ago that will live in the memories of the older generation forever. Those students graduating from high school have no memory and no idea of the angst that gripped the nation on that...
Another Book

Another Book

What a delight! I am now looking at a contract to write another book; another woman in the Old Testament. I plan on portraying her quite differently than she has been in the Bible. Many times in translations, words are misinterpreted and, like Mary Magdalene, from...
Getting a Dog

Getting a Dog

When I had to put Chessie, my canine companion, down after 14 years, it was a sad day. I wondered if I would get another dog. With traveling out of town, I put the matter off, but now that my roommate has moved, the house is quiet and my thoughts turn to the prospect...
Balancing the Checkbook

Balancing the Checkbook

There are people out there, like my late husband, who just draw a line at the balance the bank is showing and move on. Other people, like me, have to balance every single month. This is a carry-over from the days when I was a single mom with three kids and little...
Thrift Shop Junkie

Thrift Shop Junkie

Every so often I substitute for one of the volunteers at the Discovery Shop, the thrift shop for the American Cancer Society.  It is laid out like a boutique. Spots, tears, and missing buttons consign a garment to the bin for another thrift shop that picks up from us...
My Scale Can’t Be Right!

My Scale Can’t Be Right!

For four years, I have been a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). I have struggled with my scale, now losing, now gaining and it has been a frustrating see saw. I’m within 10 pounds of my goal, but it might as well be 50. I’m torn between enjoying dinner out...
The Publishing Market

The Publishing Market

When back in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania visiting my agent, Joyce Hart, we took a trip to my publisher, Whitaker House, about 15 miles away. Christine Whitaker was gracious to spend almost two and a half hours, not only with a tour of the facility to meet staff, but a...
Lost Friendships

Lost Friendships

A group of us were sharing at our Bible study about losing friendships. People that were in our lives for a period of time just seem to move on. Sometimes they enrich our lives and sometimes they leave tears behind. When one is divorced, couples that you knew don’t...
Seaport Village

Seaport Village

For many years there is an area of San Diego that has charmed residents and visitors alike. Located by the bay, it has ponds for ducks, a boardwalk to enjoy the water and the sailboats, dozens of quaint little shops to poke in, some excellent restaurants, a...
Political Neglect

Political Neglect

Looking at scenes of the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, even our San Diego beach neighborhood, I am appalled at the thousands of homeless tents, and people. There are needles and feces on the streets. In our own Ocean Beach community, they urinate on the...