The Christmas Season in Media

Last night I watched Eloise at Christmastime. I love Christmas movies.  Actually, I’m fond of most Christmas media—short stories, books, and movies, in particular. Eloise at Christmastime was a movie I’d never seen, and I’ve seen most of the “old favorites” and a lot of others. Like many Christmas movies, it was a bit over … Continue reading The Christmas Season in Media

German Christmas Markets

Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt Thanksgiving is over—again. I’d rather not think about how many Thanksgiving Days I’ve been through, though each has been a blessing. Gratefulness is a gift we do not want to shun as it is the very joy of life. We delighted in family, food, and fun, as we realized family and friends are … Continue reading German Christmas Markets

Over the River for Thanksgiving

Being a Texas girl, I remember how surprised I was to learn (at a not so tender age) that the long-time favorite “Over the River and Through the Wood” was a Thanksgiving song and, to make matters worse, that snowy old sleigh in the song was originally going to Grandfather’s house. With lines such as … Continue reading Over the River for Thanksgiving

An Ever-Fixed Mark

William Shakespeare's birthplace and childhood home. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Life is change. There is no way around it. People come into our lives--and leave. We grow up and eventually grow old. Our families change. In the following sonnet, William Shakespeare addresses one of the most important aspects of our lives and relationships--that of love. What … Continue reading An Ever-Fixed Mark

Of Writers, Shakers, & Black Barns

Barn at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Tonight I am resting comfortably in Chillicothe, Ohio. No, I am not ill, only a bit tired. It has been a busy and wonderful last several days that began with the Ozarks Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. There I listened to two exciting keynote speakers, attended workshops, and … Continue reading Of Writers, Shakers, & Black Barns