Lessons from 2020 and a new word for the new year

Posted Jan 8 2021 in , , , , ,

In the past few weeks, I’ve read many posts celebrating the end of 2020. From celebrities to ordinary people, the last year was one that many of us were glad to see the end of. I too have been thinking about 2020 and, in looking ahead to 2021, how to take learning from last year […]

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Holiday memories in music

Posted Dec 11 2020 in , , , , ,

Although I don’t usually start playing holiday music until December, 2020 has been such a grim year that I dug out my seasonal CDs and created a Spotify playlist in the middle of November. And from traditional carols to sacred music and popular festive tunes, now more than ever music, is giving me much-needed cheer. […]

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Losing a loved one in the time of Covid

Posted Nov 27 2020 in , , ,

As some of you know, Tech Guy’s mother (English Rose’s grandma) passed peacefully in the first week of November. Although not unexpected—she had advanced dementia and other serious medical issues—this time of pandemic made a difficult situation even more so. It also made me appreciate, though, how many other families are also grieving in this […]

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Laughter is indeed good medicine

Posted Nov 13 2020 in , , , ,

When I was a child, my grandparents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest magazine and, once they finished with each issue, it came to my house to be read and enjoyed again. Back then, a favourite column was “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” and as an adult, it’s one I always turn to whenever I spot […]

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Happiness is…Talking about books

Posted Oct 30 2020 in , , , , ,

Books have been part of my life as far as back as I can remember and almost as soon as I learned to read, I shared and talked about books with others. In childhood At school, book reports were a feature of elementary (primary) school and in sorting through old papers, I recently came across […]

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Flash book sale, a writing tip & a cookie

Posted Oct 24 2020 in , , , ,

In between my regular blog post schedule, I’m writing to you this week to let you know about a flash sale on A Wish in Irish Falls and share a writing tip.   Get A Wish in Irish Falls for only 0.99 cents/pence If you’re in the US or UK, my publisher has put the Kindle edition […]

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What makes you happy?

Posted Oct 16 2020 in , , , , , ,

In the continued and often described “dumpster fire” that is 2020, there are many things that aren’t making me happy. From the pandemic and other world events through to a myriad of concerns in my own life, it’s far easier to focus on stress than joy. Yet, and especially in this particular year, I need […]

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Finding baking memories

Posted Oct 2 2020 in , , , , , , ,

As summer’s warmth becomes a distant memory, I’m doing more baking, a favourite pastime but one I haven’t had much time for in the last few years. To bake, though, I needed to sort through my overflowing kitchen cupboards and the boxes stacked at the foot of the basement stairs, a legacy of clearing out […]

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Celebrating book release week…A Wish in Irish Falls is out now!

Posted Sep 18 2020 in , , , , , ,

 My latest book, the Kindle edition of A Wish in Irish Falls, came out on September 16th so it’s been a time of celebration. It’s my fifth published book…how did that happen?! Given world events, it’s not the best time to be promoting a book but I hope that if you choose to read A Wish […]

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A medical emergency, a birthday, back to school & preparing for a book launch

Posted Sep 4 2020 in , , , , , ,

“May you live in interesting times” says that old adage (curse?) and while 2020 has certainly been an “interesting” (insert other words of your choice!) year, in my family the past few weeks have been even more “interesting” than usual. A medical emergency If you follow me on social media, you may remember that we […]

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