Dealing with the Unexpected – the Chapter Synopsis’ and the Flaming Mouse

Expect the Unexpected Crazy things happen. Difficulties multiply. Life has a way of pouring everything on at once. When I imagined having the life of a writer, I pictured a pretty little antique desk in front of a window that overlooked the lovely change of seasons. I saw a cup of tea on the desk, […]

Dealing with the Unexpected – The Curious Incident of the Floating Mouse

I miss my ex-husband. I’m sure that expressing that breaks every Independent-Woman-After-Divorce-Law there is. But before you send me hate mail or advise me to get back together with him, let me explain. The division of labor during our 31-year marriage was fairly typical. He mowed the lawn once a week during the summer and […]

Preparing for Winter: This Old House and Me

What a difference a year makes! I love the change of seasons. Here in Eastern Washington, we’re blessed with a beautiful autumn season that leads into relatively mild winters – cold but not too much snow. Seasons come and go and without a plan on how you’ll go about preparing for them, that’s all they’ll […]

Rules for Online Dating Profiles

Dating, courtship, love, lust and how to navigate dating sites So, here’s the deal – the last time I was in the market for a man, I was 17 years old. I was a junior in high school, and I met a cute guy at a party. Skip to THE END – we got married […]

Dating After Midlife Divorce

My First Date in 35-Years I did it. I went on a date. I didn’t even want to date; didn’t even plan to. So, what happened? Well, it’s complicated. First of all, the guy from the dating site was persistent and he didn’t really ask me like this, “Do you want to go on a […]

Career Planning and the Slow Writer

Career Planning and the Slow Writer My first book, Breaking the Code, took almost ten years to write. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it. But let’s break it down to find out the truth. First a little background: The subject of my memoir is my father, a WWII veteran. When I was growing up, he told only […]

Kill the Perfectionist: An Open Letter to my Writer Friends

It started with an email. My friend, a writer, wrote to ask me if I wanted to join her in going to a writer’s conference. My answer surprised even me. That was the foundation for this blog post. If you’re a writer who is struggling to finish that book you know you were meant to […]

Inspired by the Words of Women

I like words. As a writer, I spend my days with words. It never ceases to amaze me that by taking a few words, putting them in a particular order, you can inspire someone to action, or move them to tears. Our words are our most precious commodity. I’m often inspired by what women have […]

Just When I was Starting to Enjoy Mid-life: the Colonoscopy

Time to Get Real About my Health I’m over 50. It is recommended that people over 50 get a colonoscopy. I’m a writer. Consider yourself warned! Life is cruel – and a little funny, in an ironic way. Just as a woman of a certain age is starting to feel good about mid-life, she is faced […]