“You’ve Got a Friend”

The popular song, “You’ve Got a Friend,” written by Carole King and first recorded in 1971, has been on my mind lately. Owing to stresses in both my family and writing spheres, I’ve needed friends more than ever in the past few weeks—and just when I needed them most,...

Finding baking memories

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...

Counting my blessings

The past month or so has been filled with what one of my grandmothers would have called “things sent to try us.”  A viral infection for the entire family topped off with strep throat for English Rose.  A broken tooth for me and multiple dental appointments...

A world of kindness

Several weeks ago, and to celebrate the first birthday of Back Home at Firefly Lake, I offered a giveaway on my Facebook author page. For a chance to win a signed paperback and holiday ornament, I asked my readers to leave a comment about a random act of kindness...