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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…

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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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And spring comes at last

I don’t spend much time outside — too many writerly things to do on the weekend — but I was walking outside the other day (at the day job) and realized I was no longer wearing the heavy winter parka, gloves on my hands and scarf wrapped around half my head. In fact, I’d pared down to a light jacket…a spring jacket! I could move!           Spring has sprung in my…

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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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Day 13 – Are you grateful for what you have?

  I’m starting to really dislike this book. Today’s message is about awakening the gratitude in your heart for your many blessings. That’s not what’s causing the downward spiral of my enjoyment of the book. That’s a wonderful message, one I try to adhere to. What’s bothering me is my impression that the author was writing from a place of if not elitism, then certainly a position of comfort so extreme she can’t even understand…

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Day 12 – How poor is poor?

  I’m a little annoyed with the Jan. 12 message in “Simple Abundance,” starting with the title “There is No Scarcity.” The gist is that we shouldn’t worry about money…our financial status ebbs and flows, and “You have the power to change your lifestyle and move from a feeling of lack and deprivation to a feeling of abundance and fulfillment.”  … I’m sorry, but to me that’s a load of garbage. There are millions of…

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Day 11 – Smile, would ya?

Sarah Ban Breathnach invites readers to join the optimists’ club in her Jan. 11 reading. She says we all face down-turns in life — whether financial or with health or relationships — and the key to surviving is optimism. She says it’s a learned habit, and her homework for the day is to “Smile at everyone you meet. … Realize the past no longer holds you captive. … A simply abundant world awaits.” It’s not…

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OH in the Newsroom: There’s a lady in the lobby with an ugly sweet potato.

This blog was originally posted on Tea & Strumpets, Oct. 2014. My most memorable moments in the newsroom often happen when I get a call from the receptionist that someone is in the lobby asking to speak to a reporter. Often it’s about “the story of the century,” and if we don’t want it, that person will just go to CNN! (So there!!) On a side note, it’s amazing how many people assume we have…

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Christmas Dance – Temptation

Temptation– it’s been the bane of humankind’s existence since…well, since Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit of the tree of life. I think it’s coded into human nature to want something you can’t/shouldn’t have. Alexandra and Sam are no different. In fact, they’re facing the perfect storm of temptation: A husband and wife who (they think) no longer care. So when they enter each other’s lives and listen—really listen—their individual bruised egos are…

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OH in the newsroom: “What’s a foreclosure sale?”

(This blog was originally posted on Tea & Stumpets group blog site.) I work at a news organization that considers shining the light on the actions of local governmental one of its prime responsibilities. So every day in the paper we publish different “Your Right to Know” briefs–things like what budget dollars are allocated for a specific thing. We also publish a count of the number of foreclosure sales listed in the day’s paper. One…

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