Don’t care what the world thinks: 7 steps in the pursuit of peace!

In a quest for a more peaceful existence (I really wish I could live in the world of Books 5 and 6 of my series), I’ve been eliminating that which causes undue stress. No, I’m not abandoning my house or nine children, but I’ve been thinking about my dad, how he was the most calm, … Continue reading Don’t care what the world thinks: 7 steps in the pursuit of peace!

I don’t understand why people like lighthouses and lobster boats—a plea for enlightenment!

In a few weeks I’m moving to the coast of Maine, and I have a problem. I don’t understand something vital to the culture: the appeal of lighthouses and lobster boats. I need some serious education here because these are iconic symbols. But when I see a lighthouse I think, “What a rickety old building. … Continue reading I don’t understand why people like lighthouses and lobster boats—a plea for enlightenment!

If I’m doing the wrong thing, TELL ME!

English was my mother’s second language, and she had a good command of it except for one word: she pronounced “crazy” as if it began with a g—“grazy.” As a teenager, that drove me grazy-crazy, and finally one day I told her that. “What?!” she exclaimed. “I’ve been saying it wrong all these years, and … Continue reading If I’m doing the wrong thing, TELL ME!

BOOK 6, “Flight of the Wounded Falcon” IS HERE! Get it 3 ways (one is free)!

Book 6, Flight of the Wounded Falcon is ready! And you can get it three ways: Kindle download, click right here. Priced at 99 cents, that means you're paying only, umm  . . . well, hardly anything per the 240,000 words. (This is why I majored in English, not math.) Paperback, on CreateSpace for now, but … Continue reading BOOK 6, “Flight of the Wounded Falcon” IS HERE! Get it 3 ways (one is free)!

Why I want my kids to have “dirty” jobs

Currently, my 18-year-old daughter has the crappiest job in town. She’s helping clean the filters at our town’s sewage treatment plant. She gets outfitted head to toe to plastic slickers, then helps in the once-every-four-years-task of scraping off the “cake” (it’s not really cake) from filters, runs the filters through a washer, and puts them … Continue reading Why I want my kids to have “dirty” jobs