This and That

Musings on Being a Writer and My Life

Chasing a Dream

  • October 9, 2015 2:48 am

It’s hard to chase a dream. Dreams are ephemeral and unpredictable. They’re illogical. They don’t follow the rules of physics. Dreams can make you feel elated or leave you empty and confused. When you wake from a dream, it can be a hard landing back to reality. I feel like I am chasing a dream…

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They Liked It–They Really Liked It!

  • October 1, 2015 2:29 am

Well, it’s official—at least two of my readers enjoyed the stories in my new book, Elvis Saves a Marriage and Other Short Stories! Having a reader –or many readers—enjoy what you write is the ultimate reward for most writers, I think. It makes all the hours you invest in a book worth it: the nights…

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It’s Here–My New Book!

  • September 10, 2015 2:48 am

  It’s finally here! My newest book, Elvis Saves a Marriage and Other Short Stories has gone “live” on The print version is available right now, and the Kindle version should be up in the next day or two. My publisher, Mia Crews and her business partner, Karleen Conroy have done an outstanding job…

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     Real Estate

  • August 23, 2015 11:43 pm

Some friends and I had a wonderful day out today. We went to nearby Winter Park, a chi-chi destination in the Orlando area. We took the iconic Winter Park Boat Ride—an attraction (for want of a better word) that has been around for decades. An open boat powered by an outboard motor cruises through three…

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The View

  • August 12, 2015 2:34 am

What is the price of progress in a state like Florida where developers are king and progress is measured by how many houses can be built on a tract of land? In a recent post I wrote about my dismay at changes that were coming to an especially scenic area across from the walking and biking path…

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Living the Disorganized Life

  • August 2, 2015 1:54 am

  I am disorganized. There, I said it. Whew! What a weight off my shoulders. I’ve spent the better part of the last five decades promising myself that I’ll get organized–only to break that promise thousands of times. I admire organized people: the ones who always know where stuff is, who clean their files out…

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  • July 27, 2015 2:07 am

The developer here in my community continues to build new homes wherever the company can find a space that could accommodate a house, even if it’s a lot no bigger than the proverbial postage stamp. That’s the price of living in a community that is still actively under construction. Recently the developer has begun to…

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A Gust of Wind

  • July 19, 2015 3:05 am

  There’s an iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe. Her skirt is being blown up by gust of wind as she tries to hold it down.  She’s all blonde bombshell in the picture, high heels and make up, laughing as she tries to keep her skirt in place. It’s a publicity photo from the movie “The…

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I Feel Blessed

  • July 10, 2015 3:35 am

    I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. Trite? Maybe. But consider this: my life took a drastic left turn on August 25, 2012 at 10 p.m. My husband died. I thought I was ready—six months of watching him die in bits and pieces should have prepared me. But it…

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The Widow’s Club

  • June 29, 2015 2:49 am

  It’s not a club I clamored to join. In fact, none of the members wanted to join it. We were recruited in the harshest of all possible ways. The initiation was almost as difficult as any street gang’s—we had to experience the death of the person most of us would call “our best friend,…

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