You Have to Use Your Imagination

You Have to Use Your Imagination

Imagination is a wonderful thing. With imagination, you can see things that really aren’t there. With imagination this morning, I can take a trip of about a hundred miles and a hundred years and, there I am at Etta Bend, my mother’s childhood home. I can see the farm as it was a century ago. […]

Come and Gone

Come and Gone

Christmas 2020 has come and gone. For months, everything has been building up to this one special date on the calendar. When it is in the past, there seems to be a let-down. Perhaps I should use this time post-Christmas to reflect on the Day and its meaning. Of course, first and foremost, Christmas is […]

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Did you ever feel like that–just an overflowing joy and gladness in the world as God made it? And the people God put into the world, the family and friends whom I have the privilege to love.  I’m filled with gratitude for the readers of Darcy, Flora, Ned–the friends I’ve never met. May your Thanksgiving […]

What’s Thanksgiving to You?

What’s Thanksgiving to You?

The maple in the front yard is looking wet, brown, and droopy. Leaves are scattered across the lawn. A light rain falls. It looks like Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving. It’s too warm. And, how is Thanksgiving supposed to be feel? Colder, maybe a few snowdrifts heaped here and there. That’s my mental […]

What Is Family?

What Is Family?

I want my readers to feel a sense of belonging, a part of the world of Darcy and Flora or Ned. As these intrepid sleuths sit down for coffee or watch the flames dance in the fireplace, or face danger and dreaded possibilities,  I hope that sense of family, friendship, and sharing reaches out from […]

A Memory Stone

A Memory Stone

It rests in my herb garden, a memory stone, reminding me of where it came from and the reason it is here. It’s a reminder of a time past–a slower, quieter time when life was different from the way life is now. It brings memories of the strong, good people who owned the farm where […]

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