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I’ve been focusing my reading on the World War II era, since the novel I’m currently working on is set during that time.......

I keep a log of character descriptions that make the novels I read come alive to me. Here are a few that I’ve......

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE It’s 1913. Hattie Robinson has married the widowed Charles Barton and left teaching to raise Charles’s sons and manage the......

  Hattie’s Place is a story about a young Southern girl, Hattie Robinson, as she comes into womanhood and seeks to find her......

  On March 3, 1913, the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s first inauguration, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)  organized a parade down......

The Stump is Finally Gone   Yesterday we hit a mile marker in our aging-in-place project. The mighty oak tree that was cut......

Everything on One Floor My husband, Bill, and I made the decision several years ago to adapt our Winston-Salem home to our aging......

The Barton Family Series Are you looking for something engaging to read at the beach or by the pool this summer? Are you......

I took an extended break from blogging while completing the manuscript of my fourth novel, Rising Above It. It’s finally finished and in......

Bias and Unidentified Sources I’ve previously posted book reviews of two best sellers relating to the Trump presidency– Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff and......

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors Over the past two weeks, I’ve been reading some of the books whose authors are scheduled to......

Engaging Character-driven Novel I’ve finally written this historical fiction book review on A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I listened to all four hundred......

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE  “I skipped a generation in the Barton Family series to write Over the Mountain. Later, I followed my plan to......

  Over the Mountain, is now available on Amazon in print for $11.99. The link to purchase is http://amzn.to/2GbkHDK .   The “look inside”......

Christmas is Coming Down Christmas is coming down. The ornaments and decorations and Christmas mugs are safely nestled in the cardboard dividers Inside......

   https://amzn.to/2NdKqOb Two Novels About the Suffrage Movement Having recently published a novel about the suffrage movement of 1913-1919, Diana Forbes’ debut novel......

    Thanks for your help in making the March 18 http://OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day campaign for In the Fullness of Time......

https://amzn.to/2NG7tCr A Literary Novel About the fragility of mortal lives I just finished reading Autumn by the Scottish author Ali Smith. It’s her......

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NaNo Winner I did it! I wrote a little over 50,000 words in less than thirty days. Now I have a very sloppy......

the invitation has arrived to step into our courage and our full humanity from this day forward the harm can only unfold and......

In my last blog, I mentioned that I had been called for jury duty in Forsyth County District Court on, of all days,......

25,000 Words in Six Days! It’s day six of National Novel Writing Month. I’m proud to say that I’ve already written 25,000 words......

Countdown Ten Days Only ten more days before National Novel Writing Month begins and I will attempt to complete 50,000 words in thirty......

NaNo Prep In making preparations for my marathon to write 50,000 words in November, (see Almost Time for NaNoWriMo), I’m searching my recipes......

I’ve been off the grid from blogging for the past two months, completing my new novel, In the Fullness of Time. My goal was......

  Global Terrorism Database The Global Terrorism Database has tracked six hundred and seventy two terrorist attacks around the world in the past year......

It Only Made Me Feel Better In my blog Why I’m voting for Hillary , I addressed my outrage and concern over the political......

I’m likely to regret this, but I can’t keep quiet any longer without putting my two cents-worth in on the upcoming elections. Those......

Whole30 Update I finished thirty days of Whole30 a little over a week ago. Since then, I’ve been transitioning back into eating from......

Whole30 Day 30 This is it! The last day of Whole30. I’ve eaten healthy, natural foods for one month and completely eliminated sugar......

Whole30 Day 29 You can tell from my food diary that I’ve not been very creative about  my meals lately. I’m definitely suffering......

Whole30 Day 28 Two more days! I’m getting restless to finish up this month and begin adding back some of the foods I’ve......

Whole30 Day 27   I’ve been amazed to find that all of the commercially prepared chicken and beef broths contain sugar or some......

  Whole 30 Day 26 I love to fix barbecue chicken thighs and legs in the crockpot, but I couldn’t find a barbecue......

Thirty Days Has September…January Has Thirty-One Oh, my gosh! I had totally forgotten that January has thirty-one days. I knew that February comes......

  Whole30 Day 24 We got through the snow without power outages here in Winston or on any of the Baptist Retirement Homes......

  Whole30Day 23 This blog is gonna’ be short and sweet today. I’m bored with Whole30 and about to go stir crazy here......

Whole30 Day 22   Breakfast–Eggs fried in clarified butter, fresh berries with coconut cream Lunch–Pork chop and sugar snaps from last night, dates......

My attitude has improved and I’ve been successful in counting calories without being obsessive. At day 21, I can see the light at......

Whole30 Day 20 A new day and a fresh start! I made an effort to count calories and to stay under 1300, plus......

  Whole30 Day 19 I went in to Dr. Bravo’s office this morning for my bimonthly treatment of Remicade for rheumatoid arthritis. Shelia......

It’s Monday, the traditional day to implement new habits and goals. Mine are to cut back on snacking portions and stick to the......

Breakfast–fried eggs with hash browns made from leftover potato from last night. Lunch--Tossed salad with rotisserie chicken, avocado, Whole30 ranch dressing; roasted plantains.......

  Breakfast–Omelette, bacon, and sliced tomatoes prepared by Bill. It’s so nice when someone else cooks! Lunch–Remainder of scallops and veggies from last......

Fifteen days. Halfway through the Whole30 program. It seems like a lot longer than 15 days! Breakfast–omelette with veggies from last night (onions,......

  Whole30 Day 14 Two weeks into the Whole30 program and I’m starting to reap the benefits! My joints are not as stiff......

  Whole30 Day 13   Breakfast–Fried eggs with potatoes from last night, sautéed in clarified butter; homemade apple sauce. Lunch–Luncheon with friends–grilled salmon......

Breakfast–Eggs fried in clarified butter; asparagus Lunch–chicken tenders,sweet potato, Brussels sprouts Snack–Lara bar Dinner–shrimp scampi, baked potato with clarified butter,spinach with sautéed garlic......

Whole30 Day 11 Breakfast–Eggs fried in clarified butter; ham; berries Lunch–Ate out with my Crisis Control buddies–baked chicken, asparagus, side salad with oil......

Whole30 Day 10 Here’s a great chicken recipe from the Barefoot Contessa that I was able to use for three different meals last......

Whole30 Day 9 After yesterday’s drama, I woke up refreshed and feeling great. I honestly believe this diet regimen is having a positive......

Day 8 Pitfall!!!! Oops! I experienced my first real pitfall today, and just when I was feeling so good about my progress. I’d......

Whole30 Day 7 I’ve made it through the first week and am beginning to settle into the regimen. Food prep is still time......

Whole30 Day 6 Breakfast–I met with a bit of a challenge in that I began attending a Bible study on Acts that meets......

Breakfast–Half of a Frittata, made with 6 eggs, onion, baby spinach, and tomato sautéed in clarified butter (Saved the other half for tomorrow’s......

Whole30 Day 4 Breakfast–Eggs fried in clarified butter; other half of potato from last night, sautéed with onion. Lunch–First time to eat out!......

DAY 3 Breakfast–3 eggs fried in clarified butter, blueberries and raspberries. Lunch–I was starved when I got back from church and downed a......

DAY 2  Lots of positive feedback from friends and family now that I’ve gone public about my goals. Thanks, everybody. Feeling a little......

    A Christmas Poem Christmas is coming down. The ornaments and decorations and Christmas mugs are safely nestled in the cardboard dividers......

Every Christmas season, I polish up my mother’s silver candelabra and set them out in the dining room. Given our informal lifestyle and......

Woman Suffrage Movement 1913-1920 I’ve been reading extensively on the woman suffrage movement between the years of 1913 and 1920, as those dates......

Developing a Strong and Independent Main Character One of the challenges I find in writing women’s historical fiction is that of developing a......

    Southern Writers Love to Tell Stories About Themselves At the Winston-Salem Bookmarks Festival on Saturday, I arrived early to get a......

Keynote Speaker for Festival of Books and Authors 2015 I had the pleasure of hearing David Baldacci speak last night at the keynote opening......

Terminal Case of Writer’s Block My second historical novel is in progress. For lack of a working title, I’m calling it Novel #2.......

Building an Author Platform Previously, I shared how I accomplished one of my goals in building an author platform by setting up my......

Thrust into Unfamiliar Territory The time has come to stop blogging about my vision for public schooling, quit sharing Brunswick stew recipes, and......

In appreciation for the encouragement and support of my subscribers, I’m making both of my books available through Kindle, at no cost, beginning Thursday, June......

Getting a Bit Off the Subject I have strayed a bit from the subject of my blog, which is to document my journey to......

Dewey’s Philosophy of Student Engagement vs. Rote Memorization I was seven, when my parents rented out our home in Charlotte, North Carolina. They......

Hattie’s Place is now available in Kindle format from Amazon for $2.99. If you have already purchased a hardcopy, you can order it for......

Hattie’s Place is now available at http://bit.ly/2NPB1gf   In 3-5 business days it will appear on Amazon.com. and will first be available in print-on......

Anyone who says they only have one life to live must not know how to read a book. Author unknown As I await......

You can probably tell that I have strayed a bit from the main purpose of my blog, which is to document my journey......

  I Published My Book for Fifty Dollars I published my first book for fifty dollars. Retirement: A Journey not a Destination was a......

Choice of Publication Methods During a one-hour phone conference, my Kirkus editor reviewed the options for publishing my manuscript of Hattie’s Place. She......

The Writing was Completed and it was Time to Edit I had essentially finished writing my first novel. Or, at least that’s what......

Editorial from 1908 Pertinent Today The Trouble with the Schools could easily be the title of an editorial from my Sunday morning newspaper,......

The main character in my novel is Hattie Robinson. Hattie is idealistic, opinionated and often outspoken. These are traits that put her at......

Library of Congress Digital Collection of Newspapers I’m researching the historical background of my novel. Thus, I needed to get a sense of......

For a number of years, I’d been working on a collection of stories about my maternal grandmother, whom all of us grandkids called......

After almost two years, I have completed my first novel. I am getting it ready for publication now, and it should be available......

Welcome to my blog! For the love of Writing is the place where I’m documenting my journey to become a published author. It all......

After retiring from my position as a middle school principal in 2011, I took a whole year to chronicle my life journey thus......

  I Find CreateSpace About the time I was ready to publish on Kindle, I found Amazon’s Create.Space.com and discovered that I could......