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It’s deja vu all over again

It’s been a bit more than a decade since I finished and sold my first full-length novel (romantic suspense Surrender to Sanctuary). It was a shock to me at the time that anyone would want to publish it (it’s a bit on the kinky side)! But I was lucky, and thus started my career as a novelist. Or so I thought. At the time I wrote the book, I had been unemployed for a couple…

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Dear gods of technology, back off!

  I took today off from my regular job so I could get some things done — Run to the post office (which isn’t open during hours that any working person can conveniently get to); Have lunch with hubby (who also took the day off); Clean my office (“clean” being open to interpretation); and Make a hotel reservation for a short trip we’re taking next month. All went smoothly until we got home after lunch…

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Food and Drink

Adventures in Cooking – Real Pizza??? Not!

Ever since I left New Jersey about 9 years ago, I’ve been bemoaning the lack of really good NY-style pizza. Hubby and I have been experimenting with home-made for a couple years. Sadly, the dough has been challenging to the point where it’s not worth it. Then I saw this posted on Facebook: home-made pan pizza that takes about 20 minutes. Looks easy-peasy, according to the video anyway. I watched it probably a dozen times,…

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America

Memorial Day Honor

As the nation recognizes the servicemen and women who gave their lives for us, I remember my husband’s father who kept trying to enlist in WWII but got denied because he was too young. He finally got in right at the end and told stories of the ride on the “liberty ship” from the west coast to Okinawa where he served. I remember too his father, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, WWI and WWII.…

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Is it spring yet?

I’m not sure when I became such a wimp about winter weather. It might have been the year when my kids were in grade school and we had 14 ice storms over the course of one winter. (We lived in New Jersey at the time, the land of the “wintery mix” one day, and a howling blizzard the next.) I remember kids ice skating down the street. Seriously. Or maybe it was before that, when…

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Simple Abundance Readings

Simply…enough?

  As I write this, it’s actually Day 23 of the Simple Abundance devotional, and I’ve decided to put a pause on the blogging. The readings are beginning to seem too similar to me. I’m having a hard time picking up on the nuances from day to day, and I’m having an even harder time finding something fresh and interesting to say to readers. My other concern is that, in my opinion, the book is…

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Simple Abundance Readings

Day 19 – Choose joy

  Today’s message from “Simple Abundance” is all about choosing joy in each moment–a nuanced take on thinking like an optimist. Author Sarah Ban Breathnach theorizes that by “cultivating gratitude,” we begin to experience a paradigm shift in our expectations. But it takes practice. “Many of us unconsciously create dramas in our minds, expecting the worst from a situation only to have our expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy. … And so we struggle from day…

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Day 18 – Where do you find beauty?

  I feel like I’ve read today’s message before, about opening our eyes to the beauty in our worlds. Breathnach’s theory is that as we learn to simplify our existence (mentally and physically), we crave beauty more than ever. We don’t need to create this beauty because it already exists — we simply need to open our eyes and savor the beauty around us. And Breathnach’s focus seems to be on the physical beauty, things…

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