“Go and Live your Life”

July 2, 2012

Almost a year ago now, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. That diagnosis started a process unlike any I’ve experienced before. If I had to compare it to something, I’d say it’s kind of like being pregnant, in that one embarks on a medical journey that is largely out of one’s control, a journey that […]

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The Promise of Spring

March 7, 2012

It’s been over two months since I last posted here. Winter came and has almost gone now. Daffodils are poking up from the soil, trees are beginning to leaf out. It’s almost time to put hummingbird feeders up, here in the Pacific Northwest. At our house we’ve been discussing the benefits of keeping a few […]

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Happy New Year 2012

January 1, 2012

It is the first day of the New Year, a day pregnant with every possibility. This could be the year when all my dreams come true. Or this could be the year full of even more challenges, financial and medical and personal.  We never know for sure. The most we can do is keep a […]

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December 12, 2011

It’s hard to believe that six weeks have passed since my last post. The mild nights of autumn have given way to the deep, true frosts of winter. It’s only a matter of time now before the first snow falls. It’s beautiful here when it snows. We have maybe eighty large Douglas Fir on our […]

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Welcome Autumn

November 1, 2011

Autumn officially began six weeks ago, but I never really feel like Autumn has arrived until about Halloween. That’s when all the trees have turned to shades of red and gold, the nights are crisp, and a fragrant fire in our wood stove is a common occurrence.  Quintessential Autumn icons, all. The animals know it’s […]

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Sisters of the Heart

October 16, 2011

One of my very favorite parts about being a writer/would-be-author, is getting to know other writers. Especially romance writers. Not a better bunch of women out there. This month at Romance Mavens, the group blog I’ve started with three other women, we’re talking about sisters and sisterhood. Nowhere is there a better example of sisterhood […]

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Bump in the Road

August 27, 2011

I wrote a few days ago about using writing to ride above your troubles, to find solace and distraction, and the joy of doing real work, in crafting a story. On that day I was still awaiting results of a uterine biopsy. Yesterday I got my diagnosis. Cancer. Looks like early stage. Looks curable. On […]

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Riding the Wave

August 23, 2011

For those of us who have been writing for a long time, the act of writing becomes a constant in the day, in our lives. No matter whether we have a nine-to-five job elsewhere, or are mothering young ones, the conversation of writing runs steadily in the background at all times. There is always a […]

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The Ambiance of Chaos

August 4, 2011

This past year I have discovered how to write even in the middle of chaos. What a surprise! I can tune out almost anything in my quest to complete a manuscript. I often write during the day at my job at our family business, juggling interruptions by co-workers and customer phone calls.  I’ve finally figured […]

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Cats and Lovers

August 2, 2011

Was thinking this morning about the cats I’ve had in my lifetime, and in particular the really lovely fellow who lives with me now named Muffin (one of four resident felines). He’s a gorgeous pale gray striped guy with a white bib and paws and a white blaze. His eyes are a pale sea green. […]

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