Sunday, September 19, 2021

Another Short Story on Amazon


"A Long Time Coming"    (click for link)

Troy and Caroline have been best friends as long as they can remember. When Troy moves away and finds his true love, where will his friendship with Caroline fit in?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

More Stickies from John

I am still finding sticky notes left by John for me. Recently, I culled through more of his books, careful to check for messages by flipping the pages slowly. 

One day, John asked me the number you call when you need help. 
(He couldn't remember 911.) 
I wrote it on this card for him and he kept it by his chair.
Found it tucked in a book also.

Author photos updated

Thankful for Polished Arrow Photography for my latest author photos.

Latest Short Story

How much fun could you stir up, locked in a department store all night?
Buck fears his acting career is unredeemable when he signs up to “rough it” in a century-old, struggling department store as a publicity stunt.
Grace forces a little fun on her sister, Estelle, by purposefully leaving her behind in a store after closing hours, to stumble upon her teenage, heartthrob crush. Will her daydreams come true?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

On Love, Language, and Loss

Liquidating Life was featured in a magazine article which asked the question, "How do we know what other people think, except through language?  How do we know them, if they cannot express what they think or feel?  Such are the predicaments that these writers address, as they explore how brain injury can affect a relationship, a life."

Four books were compared:  One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir; To Love What Is:  A Marriage Transformed; Liquidating Life; Still Alice.

The author of the article, Joyce Meier, addresses results of a stroke, injuries sustained in a fall, a brain tumor, and Alzheimer's, and the affects on how communication changes and the frustrations and breakthroughs that come with it.

She also used her skills as a writing professor to critique the actual writing of the books, covering the styles of each author and how their word choices reflect their experiences.

It was an honor to be included in this group of authors who dared to show their walk through many tough days with their loved one.

"Fourth Genre:  Exploration in Nonfiction"
Volume 17, Number 2, Fall 2015;  pp. 189-196
Michigan State University Press

Friday, August 5, 2016

birthdays and anniversaries

To celebrate John's birthday each year, I usually get a cake pop from Starbucks.  This year, I was in Orlando visiting my sister and her family in February.  To commemorate his birthday, Sharon and I got a Mickey cake pop at Disney!  


I have also started the tradition of getting a wind chime to mark the anniversary of John's passing.  Since I spent the weekend at Disney this February, I wanted one Disney-related.  Since I couldn't find one that hit me just right, I ordered the chime in the picture below.  It is "Cinderella blue," and has a butterfly (which played an important role in the live-action Cinderella movie).  


....and of course, here is a picture of Cinderella and me!
John would have gotten a kick out of me meeting her.

Relay for Life

The school where I teach held its first Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society in May, 2016.
This is my luminary in memory of John and my friend Vickie.