A year to cultivate

Posted Jan 11 2019 in , , , ,

In the past few weeks, my social media feeds have been dotted with posts from those who have chosen a particular word to guide them through 2019. I’ve chosen a ‘word for the year’ since 2014 (read more here), and because I don’t usually make resolutions (and never in January), choosing a special word to […]

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A world of kindness

Posted Dec 21 2018 in , , , , , , , ,

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 they’d either given or received. With […]

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Courage…and “learning to dance in the rain”

Posted Jan 19 2018 in , , , , ,

If you read my first blog of 2018, you know that the word I’ve chosen to guide me this year is “courage.” Like all of us, my life has had its ups and downs. It’s through troubles, though, that I’ve found hope and inspiration to help me live courageously and grow. Since much of that […]

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Resolutions for a new year: “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Posted Jan 5 2018 in , , , , ,

Now that the holidays are over, and it’s time to look ahead to the New Year, I’ve decided to devote this first blog of 2018 to resolutions—not just mine, but also those of three good friends  from across The Pond. Tara Greaves, Kate Field and Susanna Bavin are all fellow-writers, but the resolutions we’ve made […]

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Thank you to my readers…and a giveaway to celebrate kindness

Posted Apr 7 2017 in , , , , , , ,

It’s been a little over two months since The Cottage at Firefly Lake was published. In that time, many of you have taken my story into your lives and hearts. Thank you for buying my book and asking for it in stores. Thank you for asking your local library to order it. And thank you […]

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“A cup of kindness”— how a memory inspired my word for 2017

Posted Jan 13 2017 in , ,

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I choose a “word for the year.” Sometimes it’s an easy choice and, as the new year turns, I’m anticipating how to incorporate my word as a guiding principle in everyday life. Other years, and as was the case as 2016 limped to a close, it’s […]

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Thank you…

Posted Dec 30 2016 in , , , , , , ,

The week between Christmas and New Year is a punctuation mark at the end of the year. For me, it’s a lull before launching headlong into the blank calendar pages to come. In a year that’s been more surreal (dictionary company Merriam-Webster’s word for 2016) than sparkly, I’m ending it with a different kind of […]

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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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Letting go

Posted Sep 9 2016 in , , , , ,

“You’re the writer. Spin it.” I didn’t appreciate it then, but those words, spoken by a sales guy with a swagger, a bespoke suit, and a Porsche, marked a defining moment in my life. Although I’d dabbled in fiction, I wasn’t writing it seriously. Instead, my days were filled with crafting sales, marking and PR copy. Or speeches where […]

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Birthdays

Posted Jul 29 2016 in , , ,

We had a trio of birthdays in my family this week. My mother-in-law, a cousin and my own. As English Rose remarked with all the sensitivity of an almost teen, I’m getting “old.” When I raised an eyebrow, she quickly amended it to “older” but the message was clear. From her vantage point, I am […]

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