@ a Very Nice Retreat

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." ~ Anon. I'm staying in a Very Nice Dorm on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville for the Writers' League of Texas' Summer Retreat. My job is to write. No classes, just write. Here is what I've accomplished … Continue reading @ a Very Nice Retreat

A Disjointed Post . . .

. . . because my brain is fried. When we tried to medicate William last night, a pill fell into the pit between the seat of my recliner and the arm, and we weren't able to locate it. It's in there somewhere, or it fell through onto the floor under the chair. After a cursory … Continue reading A Disjointed Post . . .

A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

  "Rural Virginia, 1945. The Second World War had just ended when Alice Hannon found the lifeless body of her five-year-old daughter, Eugenie, floating in Blue Lake. The tragedy of the little girl’s death destroyed the Hannon family. "More than twenty years later, Alice’s youngest daughter, Regina, returns home after a long estrangement because her … Continue reading A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

    Buyer's remorse. And not even five hours have elapsed since the purchase. It happens every time. Why do I do this to myself? (W-Word: Why) News of the Writers' League of Texas' annual summer retreat arrived via email this afternoon, and I pounced--checked the calendar to confirm it doesn't fall on an infusion … Continue reading W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

  Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also  brought  the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

  How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, ii   I woke this morning feeling perfectly fine but at the same … Continue reading P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

  Three scenarios: A lone woman hears a sound in the middle of the night. She doesn't know what it is, so she goes in search of the source: to the attic, the basement, the back yard, the barn, the woods, the creek. She might take a flashlight and/or a bat. She wears her pajamas … Continue reading K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

  A sign at the San Marcos River Bridge in Fentress, Texas, on the western boundary of Caldwell County, reads Gaudalupe County. That wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that when you get across the bridge, you're in Guadalupe County. I assume the error arises from its similarity to words like gauge, gaunt, and gauze. In … Continue reading G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

B Is for Behind: #atozchallenge

A story from my friend the high school business teacher: A student in her bookkeeping class asked what arrears means. Said the teacher, "It means you're behind." And twenty-five shocked teenage faces stared in profound silence. ***   I'm behind. Nothing new. I don't live a hurry-up-and-wait existence; mine is wait-and-hurry-up. The condition won't be … Continue reading B Is for Behind: #atozchallenge

Just Like Audrey, Almost

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Some consequences you can predict. Some you can't predict. Some you should predict but don't. It's the last of the three that'll get you. I had just read a brief bio in my memoir class and turned to leave the lectern, … Continue reading Just Like Audrey, Almost

Katherine Paterson on Ideas

"The writer of an article about Dr. Seuss reported that at the end of an interview Theodore Geisel congratulated him for not asking the one question that people invariably ask. When the writer asked him what that one question might be, Dr. Seuss replied, "Where do you get your ideas?" "Well, all right," said the reporter. … Continue reading Katherine Paterson on Ideas

from Katherine Paterson’s “The Child in the Attic”

"This past fall I spent an afternoon talking with a group of persons who work with children at risk. The question I had asked them to help me answer was this: Why do our children turn to violence? It was a question many of us have struggled with this past year. "These professionals were very … Continue reading from Katherine Paterson’s “The Child in the Attic”