Category Archives: Health, Wellness, Lifestyle

IT WAS THE THIRD OF JUNE… Still Haunting

For the past few years I’ve written a tribute post on this day to one of the most haunting songs of my youth. I was 15 when  Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 Southern Gothic ballad “Ode to Billie Joe” came out on … Continue reading

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DESPITE THE DARKNESS

  The first thing I saw when I opened my inbox this morning was the quote from Desmond Tutu*, “Hope is being able to see light despite all of the darkness.” To find this in front of me today was, … Continue reading

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Not All Mothers Have Human Babies

Happy Mother’s Day, no matter who your babies are. Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for a lot of people: those of us who have lost a mother, those who have lost a child, those who have not been … Continue reading

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2-YEAR LOCKDOWN CHALLENGE

One of this year’s most popular trends, is the #10YearChallenge. Everywhere you go on social media, you find people posting side-by-side photographs of themselves ten years apart. The posts are fun and interesting. We can see how much we’ve changed … Continue reading

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WHY I WRITE COZIES, AND WHY I READ THEM, TOO

This is a harsh world. The last nearly-two years have brought an even harsher layer to what already was. Pandemic, violence, civil unrest. In the face of this reality, I choose to see also the good, the beauty, the kindness, … Continue reading

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2022 DAY ONE-FINISHED MY MEMOIR!

  It’s the first day of a brand new year! I didn’t do it on purpose, but this morning I finished the second draft of my memoir, THERE’S A CAT HAIR IN MY MASK: How Cats Helped Me Through Unprecedented Times and … Continue reading

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IT WAS THE THIRD OF JUNE…

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay… Today is June third. I’ve posted before about the enigmatic ballad sung by Bobbie Gentry back in the … Continue reading

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HOW WE GRIEVE

For Bear, Roman, Gracie, and all the others, gone too soon. It is in our nature as humans to dismiss death until it stands up and hits us in the face. Yet there is no escaping it. These past few … Continue reading

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PANDEMIC REFLECTIONS

Warning: Slightly political rant. PG for violence, but no sex or graphic language. I watch out the window. A couple pushing a stroller pass by. Child, cat, or dog—I can’t tell from here. Both people are both wearing masks. And … Continue reading

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Not All Mothers Have Human Babies

Happy Mother’s Day, no matter who your babies are. Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for a lot of people: those of us who have lost a mother, those who have lost a child, those who have not been … Continue reading

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