Sunday Soundtrack: Summertime’s Calling Me

One thing about living in Florida is that we stay warm pretty much all year. And even though this winter’s weather has been weirdly warm, I know it won’t last. I’m hard at work on the second Dogwood Mountain novel, this one set in summer, so I have hot days and firefly nights and ice cream on my mind. Going to college in South Carolina taught me to love beach music....
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Sunday Soundtrack: New Year’s Edition

So it’s not Sunday. That’s fine. None of us can remember what day it is at the tail end of the year anyhow. Since it is a fresh new year, this tune reflects what I’ve decided my word for the year will be: intention The past few years have been bumpy, what with children leaving for college, growing older, school drama (listen to teachers, folks), and the rocky political...
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Sunday Soundtrack: The Christmas Scoop

My children will be the first to tell you that I draw a hard line when it comes to the Christmas season. I have been known to stop dead in the aisle at Target and shriek if I spot Christmas items on display before the trick-or-treaters have come by, and we always wait until after the turkey coma and football before even thinking about Saint Nick or red and green home decor. But since I have a...
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Be a Camellia

Last month, my oldest friend Kathryn said goodbye to her mother. It was a hard goodbye after weeks of hospitals, frustration, and medical shortcomings, and Kathryn and her father will be dealing with the raw scar of pain for a very long time. Andrea Hickman White was an honest to goodness force of nature. She was married for more than fifty years to her high school sweetheart, Ken. She loved her...
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Good Night, Good Dog

Today was pretty much the Mondayest Monday in the history of Mondays. Today, we put our thirteen-year-old Brittany, Jester, down. Mr. Man and I put a lot of research into choosing what would be our family dog after having lived with Jack, pretty much the perfect cocker spaniel. We wanted something a little bigger, with a similar happy disposition, good looks, smarts, and just a bit different...
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