Archive | October, 2014

How to Understand the Novelist’s Mind


My grown children, and probably my husband, would tell you that my mind too quickly goes to what might go wrong, and I’m full of unsolicited advice about how to avoid those scenarios. They get really tired of it. They think I’m asking them to be way more cautious than most situations require. They’re probably […]

Scavenger Hunt Stop #15


Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #15. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start, which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop […]

Operation Stop Hating My Kitchen

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Down came the dropped ceiling, with the ranks of fluorescent lights and plastic ceiling panels that made my kitchen look like a church basement from the 1970s. I’ve lived in this house for eighteen years. At first I thought the brightness of the kitchen was a good thing. And it was. The space doesn’t have […]

Thankful Rediscovery


I’ve been on a bit of a binge lately. I have lived in this house six years longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere else, including my childhood home. I’ve discovered, belatedly, that the frequent moves of the first half of my married life served to keep our belongings thinned down. Frankly, we had a lot […]