Books on my nightstand

Posted Nov 17 2017 in , , , , , ,

Confession time. To my husband’s dismay, and as the teetering pile of books on my nightstand  attests, I’m the kind of person who reads multiple books at the same time, happily skipping from one to another as the mood takes me. I’m also the kind of person who reads multiple genres and historical periods, again […]

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Hope, love and the meaning of life in a Christmas cactus

Posted Dec 16 2016 in , , , , ,

The past year has been difficult for many of us, and my word of the year, “gratitude,” has taken on a poignancy I could never have anticipated when I chose it last January. In some ways, I’ll be grateful to see the end of 2016 for it’s been a year of turbulence and loss both […]

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Dear Santa Claus

Posted Dec 18 2015 in , , , ,

I used to write to you every year. I’d print a letter in crayon and ask my mom for an envelope which we’d address to you at the North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada. I’d include a greeting for Mrs. Claus and the reindeer. I’d tell you what I wanted for Christmas, and ask if you’d […]

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Senses of Christmas

Posted Dec 19 2014 in , ,

There’s a sticky note on the wall facing my desk. On it I’ve written the five senses–smell, taste, see, hear and feel–as a reminder to include sensory details in the scenes I write. Christmas is perhaps the most sensory of Christian festivals. So in the spirit of the season, I give you the five senses […]

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