What was waiting at home!

Bill and I have returned from an autumn trip with friends up through North Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. You do that when you live in South Texas and desperately need to see a change of seasons. And while we were traveling, not only were we reminiscing and telling new tales, we celebrated two birthdays.  …

A DAY TO REMEMBER

Today is a day that I’ll remember as long as I have memory. I had the great privilege of doing something this morning that previously had only entered my wishful thinking and my hope-so-maybe-one-day daydreams. I started my day by signing my name to a five-book contract with Gilead Publishing for books to be released …

Garden Wherever You Are

It’s mid September, and the house is decked out for autumn, and our garden is growing and going strong. When we moved from the city out to the Texas Hill Country, I assumed our gardening days were over. And frankly, I didn’t mind that thought for a while — no more weeding, pruning, staying ahead…

COMING OUT OF HIBERNATION

On occasion, I pull out a blog I’ve posted before, dust it off and frame it with a different opening and closing simply because it seems appropriate. This morning is one of those times. When I wrote this blog last August, I was just a few weeks away from finishing this book. Now you may…

Do You Need Swaddling?

Are you as dumbfounded as I am at some of the recent commercials on television? (I will not even mention what makes the news.) And the commercials are so clever that sometimes I’m not even sure what they’re advertising! I tend to prefer ads with children or ads with the more direct approach like that…

The Hawk and a Hummingbird

Early morning in these parts is a great time for a walk. With summer’s arrival, it’s about the only time we can walk without feeling we’re in a sauna. This morning turned into quite an adventure. As we rounded the bend at the pond, we were in the shadows of a very large hawk as…

Diving In and Hanging On

Summer has arrived in South Texas before the appointed June 21 summer solstice, and memories of last July compel me to hang on to the last of June’s cool mornings and cloudy afternoons. Even in retirement, I’m not so acquainted with that “summertime and the livin’ is easy” stuff, but I’ve committed to enjoy a bit…

Shalom and Nodding Heads

Recent news reports of our President’s visit to Israel sent me to the bookshelves where we keep our photo albums. (Sorry, digital is not sufficient for me. I like to hold the book, flip through the pages, read my comments, and relive those memories – makes for a fabulous rainy afternoon activity.) There’s an album…

Still on my bucket list

There is something still on my bucket list. Well, actually there are several things still on that list. Now I gave up my top wish when the Three Tenors cancelled their performance in the Houston Astrodome several years ago, but I haven’t given up attempting to see the Aurora Borealis. As incredible as the Hill…