Ah, summer. I miss you already. No. I am determinedly savoring every last scrap of my summer! Not thinking of fall or cold-weather clothes. Not thinking about grading papers! Focused. On this moment. When the sun is shining, the temps are benevolent, and the garden is rich with abundance - except for the tomatoes the … Continue reading Salutations July-August 2019
I love summer! I love playing in my garden, in and on the water, sleeping late or getting up with the sun, eating fresh vegetables, summer fruits, and ice cream! My list goes on and on - including an absence of the deadlines that hang over my head during the academic year. The freedom! It wasn't … Continue reading Salutations June 2019
Strawberries are lovely with ice cream, with shortcake, with whipped cream or dipped in dark chocolate. But they have no business consorting with rhubarb. Not when pineapple is rhubarb's natural mate. There. I've said it. And if you think I'm wrong then we may have to engage in a taste test. Or arm-wrestle. This is … Continue reading Make Mine Rhubarb and Pineapple!
Two posts in two weeks? As I tell my guy after I fix a bang-up dinner, don't get used to it! But I wouldn't want to leave you with the impression that Louise Penny consumed all my reading energy this year. Not so! Here are other books that grabbed my reading time in the last … Continue reading Salutations March-May, 2019
I've neglected my blog for months. Too busy reading, writing, revising, and traveling. Oh right. And teaching. And now as I write, the sun shines warm, the garden is planted, school is out, and I have a need to let the denouement of my next novel simmer. So among my summer goals is to catch … Continue reading Salutations: The Penny Edition
Hey, hey it's my birthday! Happy birthday to me! And it is happy. My sweetheart will take me out for a special dinner this evening (and is even now buying a few new wines for me to try. I know this man!) I brought my friends a chance to get Come Back free today, just … Continue reading Salutations January-February 2019
Breathe... breathe again... Does it seem as though you need reminders to just breathe? Feels that way to me. From mid-November to January 1, I felt a need to catch up with myself. I look at people who have every right to feel more harried than I - women with kids and jobs and pets, … Continue reading Salutations Nov-Dec 2018
I recently discovered that our library system offers 'Book Club Kits' - books for loan with discussion questions. Cool! You can find their offerings - including my novel Come Back here. In the meantime, consider adding Come Back to your book club list. These questions might spark your interest as well as deep discussions. And do remember that … Continue reading Discussion Questions for Book Clubs
The start of classes, fun days out, upcoming shows for wearable art, books I've read... It's fall!
Since I was away between July and August and so wanted to capture my rhapsodies about my reason for being away (Here’s to Twenty-Two!) when I got back, this issue of Salutations covers two of my all-time favorite months - SUMMER! In this first week of September - and yes, I am back to school … Continue reading Salutations July-August, 2018