My thoughts, ideas and general ramblings...



Hello Autumn  9/4/2017

I’m not sure why, but this time of the year has always made me restless. I want to get away, break out of the mold and stretch my wings a little. I long to fly to places unknown, to should...

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Down in the Valley  6/7/2017

box can·yon

noun NORTH AMERICAN

1. 1. a narrow canyon with a flat bot...

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My earliest memories are bound up in the celebrations of my extended family. It was not uncommon to have three or four generations in the house during each holiday, birthday, or anniversary. Eve...

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The Craziest Christmas of My E...

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The Mommy Dance  3/10/2016

I have experienced many changes in my life over the years. There was my childhood to get through. Then the years of young adulthood, what I like to call the ‘getting my you-know-what toget...

Christmas Once More  12/23/2015

Some of you know that our family has been devastated by the dementia that has a stranglehold on my mother. She has been slipping farther and faster from our reality into a gruesome wonderland of...

Bake Until Done  12/4/2015

Having reached the point where I...

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It’s hard to sleep the night before a trip, and I found it even harder to sleep on the plane, which may explain why I had trouble walking a straight line as my host took me on a tour of hi...

Summertime Blues  7/28/2015

I remember when being sick used to be a lot more fun. You’d wake up with a sore throat or even the flu. Mom would be there to make sure you had enough snacks throughout the day to fortify ...

Solitude  7/21/2015

As writers, we spend a lot of time alone. It’s a necessary evil. I’ve made my peace with that, and I’ve come to cherish that alone time. Those hours when it’s just me and...

A few weeks back I was out for a drive and chanced across something out of the ordinary in this Midwest landscape of farms and fields – Steampunk Mid-West 2015, a gathering at the Boone &a...

The Sad Part  6/16/2015

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For the first time in the history of my life, my parents forgot my birthday. Intellectually, I knew it would happen. My mother was always the keeper of the calendar, the one who did birthday and...

I have to confess to a late-in-life enjoyment for country music, which I loathed with a passion when I was young.  Then it was all rock and roll that spoke to my soul, the music carrying me...

Seven days a week, 365 days a year, I get breakfast and lunch together, cook supper, make the bed and clean the counter tops. On any given day, I scrub out the bathroom sink or dust the furnitur...

There is a scene in my current novel in progress in which the heroine slowly realizes she has been dumped into the middle of the dark ages, a situation that is as foreign to her as it would be f...

I'm Done  3/9/2015

After long and careful deliberation, I’ve decided that I don’t want to write anymore.

Did that get your attention? I hear it all the time. On Facebook. In writer’s g...

Echoes of the Past  3/2/2015

As some of you know, I just spent the last two weeks in Phoenix.  It was a hard time for the most part, but there were some moments of fun, like the hour and a half I spent in my uncle&rsqu...

The Hard Truth  2/25/2015

My mother has dementia.

There. I’ve said it, and that makes it real. Oh, I’ve known about it. For the past several years, she’s been slipping away from us little by ...

Someone posted a saying on Facebook the other day, part of which was to live life like a child.  Mine are all grown and gone now and have children of their own, so I don’t have any li...

A Griswold Christmas  12/22/2014

Christmas is a time of stress for a lot of people, so finding something to laugh about is always good.  This year we are having a National Lampoon Christmas and this is too good a story to ...

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about taking a position with a different company in the city and how life is a series of endings and new beginnings. It was with some real trepidation that I accepted...

One More Time  11/10/2014

My life has been a series of endings and new beginnings.  The endings have not all been good ones, and some of the new beginnings have been difficult. All in all, I think I’ve weather...

Blogging Mondays  10/20/2014

Every Sunday afternoon, I get a reminder on my phone that I need to post a blog on Monday. And almost every Sunday afternoon, I spend at least an hour trying to come up with a good topic to blog...

If I Could Only  10/7/2014

From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to do two things. I wanted to paint pictures, and I wanted to make music.  I remember the jars of fingerpaint colors that my mother bought me, an...

You would think that a moderately-sized town like Des Moines would not have gridlock at eight o’clock on a Monday morning. Now I’m sure that whoever might be reading this that happen...

Tap the Keg  9/15/2014

There is a certain satisfaction in seeing something that you never thought would go well do so.  Two days ago I finished the ending to a book that was started with one person’s idea o...

Why We Write  9/8/2014

I don’t remember when it was that I decided to start writing. Actually, I don’t remember that it was a conscious decision at all.  It just was.  One day I sat down to write...

Tribute  9/4/2014

A very close friend of mine lost his mother this past weekend.  I never met her in person or talked to her on the phone. Never sat in her kitchen and shared a pot of tea or looked through h...

My favorite radio station, the one I listen to at work, in the car or at home, is changing its name. I’m sure that somewhere, in some corporate big-wig’s head, there’s a perfec...

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the recipes in my kitchen multiplying when my back was turned, and I vowed to try at least one or two new dishes a week.  I mean, I felt really sorry for thos...

Super Cool Event!!  8/12/2014

This is not actually a blog post, but rather a cool piece of news, and I'm so excited about it!  On Wednesday, August 13th, airing at 8:00 p.m. Central time in the US, I will give my fi...

What Ifs  7/21/2014

As the stores gear up for back to school, it hit me how much of our lives are bound into beginnings and endings. For children, late summer or early fall marks the excitement of a new school year...

Keep On Movin' Mama  7/14/2014

As you may have read in my last blog post, my parents decided to make the move from Wisconsin to Arizona over the past couple of weeks. My brother Brad, sister Deb and I were called upon to make...

Movin' On Out  6/30/2014

This past weekend, my family had the unenviable task of packing up my parents’ house. They are not moving into a retirement home like many of their generation, but the feeling I had as we ...

I collect recipes.  Hundreds of them.  Maybe thousands.  From magazines, from the internet, from my co-workers and friends.  They're written on the backs of napkins or pr...

As I was sorting my mail at home the other day, it occurred to me that I get an inordinate amount of junk mail.  Some of it is addressed to ‘occupant’, some to me personally, th...

Odd Jobs  8/15/2013

Having been married to a remarkably handy spouse for more than two decades, I never paid much attention to patio sliding doors that wouldn’t slide or floors that creaked. A word on a Satur...

As I stood in the checkout line at Target a few weeks ago, I watched a young girl with a toddler struggle to set her purchases on the conveyer belt while simultaneously trying to keep her ambiti...

Grace  6/4/2013

There are days when going without make-up is all right, and other days when it’s a crime against nature.  As I age, I have more of the latter than the former.

I keep my thr...

Changes  5/14/2013

After twenty-one years of marriage, I was ...