Thoughts on Mentoring

One of the authors who put on the West Texas Writers Academy is the New York Times and USAToday best-selling author, Jodi Thomas, who writes historical romance novels.  She’s written over 40 novels and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.  So when she said I could take her to lunch […]

More Thoughts on Ireland

Dublin is one of the sites of what the Irish call The Troubles.  Before The Troubles, a minority of Loyalists (loyal to the British crown) oppressed the Nationalists (loyal to Irish nationality) and times were bad.  Protests against the governing regime started in the late 1960s.  Over time, events escalated until January 1972 when British troops […]

Thoughts on Ireland

If you had told me a decade ago that I’d be in Northern Ireland, I’d have laughed at you.  Northern Ireland?  The land of bombings and shootings and tension?  No way! So I was surprised to find that Belfast, the city once full of turmoil, is now an exciting place with lots of really nice […]

Stepping Away For a Bit

I’ve enjoyed writing a new blog each week, trying to keep people entertained and thinking. I’ve always been a wallflower when in a crowd and held my tongue in lots of conversations. This platform has allowed me to say what I’m thinking and express my feelings about things. It’s been a freeing endeavor for me. […]

Thoughts on Pizza

Pizza is the perfect food for me. It has vegetables, meat (optional), dairy, and carbs. A well-balanced meal which is what my doctor told me to eat. But as with anything, too much pizza is not good for you. The pizza we order seems really greasy which is what gives it the crispy crust and […]

Thoughts on Getting Old

I had a birthday this past week which began my last year of being in my 50s.  I’m not particularly upset about that or ashamed of my age.  I figure I’m blessed to have lived so long.  I had a cousin, Lori, who died of breast cancer when she was 40, leaving behind two preschool […]

Thoughts on My Grandson

I have one grandchild, which is one more than I thought I’d ever have. I was okay with having none. Not that I wouldn’t have like a whole bunch of them, but it would not ruin my life to have no grandchildren. I would just adopt some and be just as happy. Then along came […]

Thoughts on Spring

Spring is my favorite time of year.  Everything that was brown and dull suddenly comes back to life.  The fresh colors and smells of blooms awaken the senses after the winter’s sleep.  People come out of their houses and spread their arms to welcome the warmth of sunshine.  The whole world recolors itself and draws […]