Teaser Tuesday 3

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday 3

How It Ends

I am not devastated. Season 8 of MI5 just ended. Nuclear war between India and Pakistan was averted. The team, however, did not come out unscathed. Something bad happened to one of the characters. This time last year, I would have been in tears. But I'm calm. I have discovered the way to peaceful acceptance … Continue reading How It Ends

Going Bananas

A while back, WordPress posted a video to explain why some blogs aren't successful. The video consisted of one word over and over: ME ME ME. Thinking back over my posts for the past year, I thought, Uh-oh. I've been working under the assumption that I should write what I know, which happens to be … Continue reading Going Bananas

The Formula

Should I or shouldn't I? Tell, that is. Experts advise against it. When you tell people you're writing a novel, they reply. "You still haven't finished that thing?" "Why is it taking so long?" "How much longer are you going to have to work on it?" "You need to just get busy and write it." … Continue reading The Formula

Gather Ye Rosebuds…

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time       Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to … Continue reading Gather Ye Rosebuds…

Dr. Luckett’s Babies

When Dr. Francis Carlton Luckett arrived in the tiny farming town of Fentress, Texas, with his wife and infant daughter, in 1917, he planned to stay for one year. He moved there from Valentine, Texas, to fill the practice of a doctor who was serving in World War I. He said his family had nearly … Continue reading Dr. Luckett’s Babies

Just Wo-ahn Out

Sometime back in the 1930s, my grandmother picked up the telephone receiver just in time to hear the Methodist minister's wife, on the party line, drawl, "I am just wo-ahn out. I've been waterin' the yahd." The statement might not seem significant, but my family has its own criteria for significance. And so those two … Continue reading Just Wo-ahn Out

Y’all Stay Warm

Freezing rain, sleet, and drizzle. Williamson County is getting snow, but we're getting freezing rain, sleet, and drizzle. I'm fortunate. I don't have to travel. JFTHOI Writers meet tomorrow--or meets tomorrow--but attendance isn't compulsory. When roads are icy, few things are compulsory. I fell off one highway once because of a patch of ice, and … Continue reading Y’all Stay Warm

The Cockles of Our Hearts

According to his PR people, Punxsatawney Phil did not see his shadow, so spring will arrive early this year. He also predicted the Steelers will win the Super Bowl. His official statement appears here. I don't give much credence to P. Phil's forecasts. When I was very young, my mother let me in on the … Continue reading The Cockles of Our Hearts

Review: The Cat Who Covered the World

"Kakaya krasivaya Amerikanskaya koshka!" ... What a beautiful little American cat! What do you do when you're working for The New York Times, living in New York City, and  you adopt a kitten your children name Henrietta, and she grows up as a member of your family, and then the Times names you chief foreign … Continue reading Review: The Cat Who Covered the World