Mysterious Sound #MysteryMonday

Hey, everyone. It's been a while since I wrote a Mystery Monday post. A few days ago, I was reminded of a mystery that happened right in my back yard. I wrote the original post several years ago. With it being October and nearing Halloween, I decided to repost. Hope you enjoy it. Goblins and... Continue Reading →

Memories #Thursday Thoughts

I'm breaking from the mystery theme of the month today but this was on my mind. A few days ago, I received a phone call from my brother. The conversation began with something like this: "I know it was around this time of year..." He didn't have to finish the sentence for me to know... Continue Reading →

You know stuff, use it | Story Empire

One of the first things I learned as a writer is, "Write What You Know." Okay, I can see the importance of that when writing non-fiction. For instance, I once thought I would write a book based on my experience of being a cancer survivor's wife. I planned to write about our experiences throughout my... Continue Reading →

2015 in Review

A few photos from 2015. The cover for The Stranger, the stage at the Ringo Starr concert, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and a civil-war cannonball, lodged in the wall of a mansion at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Once again the time has come for us to bid farewell to another year. Wasn’t it only yesterday we welcomed... Continue Reading →

March ~ The Windy Month

Unforeseen circumstances prevented me from writing and blogging last week. Better late than never, this week I continue my series of posts about the months of the year. In the original Roman calendar, March was the first month of the year. Its name comes from the Roman god of war—Mars. March is the month in... Continue Reading →


On February 7, 1964, four young men from Britain stepped off a plane at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City. Two days later, they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to what was at that time the largest television viewing audience in history. I don’t remember the first Beatles’ song I heard, where... Continue Reading →

Mystery At The Bonfire

Goblins and great pumpkins. Trick-or-treat and haunted houses. Bats flying about and witches on broomsticks. Halloween is always a good time for an old-fashioned ghost story. Not that I believe in ghosts. My encounters with the unexplained are due more to an over-active imagination. Such as the time I thought I saw a werewolf. Or... Continue Reading →

The Stories

Long before I realized I wanted to be a writer, I loved stories. Before I learned to read, some of my favorite childhood memories are the times when my Mom would tell me a story. I’m not talking about fairy tells, although there were certainly some of those. I wanted to hear true life experiences... Continue Reading →


Toward the end of first grade, I learned my friend Debbie was moving away. I came home from school and cried. My mom explained that throughout life, people would come and go. Friends would move away, new ones would come. And she was right. Although I never saw Debbie again, I still have friends from... Continue Reading →

Humble Beginnings

A few days ago, I read a post on Lisa Hall Wilson’s blog in which she wrote about her family background. She asked readers to join her, using a template titled, “I am from.”  My writing is taking a bit different direction (more about that next week and in my upcoming newsletter), so this post... Continue Reading →

Journey of a Writer

I'm participating in the writing contest, You are a Writer, hosted by Bryan Hutchinson at Positive Writer. This is my story: It began with a journey—an incredible journey. For many years, I couldn’t pinpoint the exact time when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I thought it had happened as a seventeen-year-old high... Continue Reading →

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