Blog – Personal musings on writing or reading

I read a lot, and write regularly. My blog features stories, essays, and book reviews. Enjoy!

What the Hell is a Christmas Story, Anyway?

When I was invited to write a story for the anthology that eventually became Tangled Lights and Silent Nights, it was May. I responded, “Sure I can do that.” I actually had no idea of what to write, nor what made a Christmas story different from a regular story, but it wasn’t due until August, and I thought that would be plenty of time to think of something. But August came around, with its blistering days and nights, and it seemed impossible to think about Christmas. How was I ever going to write a Christmas story?

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Review of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

You're going to want to read Rainbirds. Here are some reasons why: First, it takes place in Japan, so you'll get an idea of what it's like to live there. Second, it's a murder mystery that is different from any murder mystery you've probably ever met. Third, it's...

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Fire and Fury, midway through

The first few chapters held me enthralled. I was horrified and fascinated at the same time, much as I believe it would feel being hypnotized by a cobra. I hadn’t known before reading the book that the entire Trump team thought they would lose the election. Consequently, they didn’t prepare for the transition or even consider that they might (horrors!) win the White House. I eagerly read on, fascinated by the palace intrigue among Kushner, Priebus, and Bannon—Shakespearean in its intensity and complexity, and like the Three Stooges in its comedic value.

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Review of This I Know by Eldonna Edwards

Young Grace has Powers. That is, she can tell people's futures, and she knows when something important is happening somewhere else. She considers this a gift from God, but her fundamentalist pastor father disagrees. He tries to get her to stop it, but she can't. And...

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Review of The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus

The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you've ever wanted to travel to Italy, or you've ever wanted a different past or future, or you believe in a life lived full-out, you will want to read this book. It's a wonderful read as we explore the...

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Thanksgiving Memories

My grandmother – Mamaw, we grandkids called her -- cooked for days. By the time we arrived on Thanksgiving morning, the freezer in the back entryway was covered with pies. I can remember always having a couple of pumpkin pies, chocolate crème, apple pie, and often a...

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