Life and Such

A Matter of Taste 

A Matter of Taste 

   Seven years ago, my husband took a job in a small town. The biggest sacrifice for me was giving up access to various ethnic cuisines. Back in the day, we often went out for Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, or Korean food not to mention Chinese, Japanese, and German. In our current location, we’re limited to […]

Two great tools for recording Internet audio

Two great tools for recording Internet audio

The problem with streaming audio or video on the web is the difficulty of saving it for later. I faced this recently when the IndieReCon writing conference was going on. I really cannot spend any more time sitting at my desk than I already do. I needed a way to get the con’s talks off […]

Seeing is Deceiving

This past week I’ve crossed off two items on my unofficial bucket list. Playing soccer and getting a henna tattoo. I picked out a peacock feather design. They are gorgeous and peacocks are something of an inside joke with a couple of my writing friends. Except, when I posted a picture of my peacock feather, […]

Must Be That Teen Spirit

Must Be That Teen Spirit

I am a total sucker for time travel stories. And I love historical novels, especially well-researched books. I just devoured the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. They are tight action-packed stories with a romantic theme. The heroine Gabi is a twentieth century girl in love with Marcello, a fourteenth century boy, man really, […]

I’m Not Old Enough For This

I’m Not Old Enough For This

Over the past few months, I’ve been helping plan my church’s women’s retreat. Usually we have several volunteers (of whom I have been one for many years) who all help with organizing the details. Usually the head of women’s ministry takes care of a lot of the nitty-gritty and behind-the-scenes details. Not so much this […]

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

My Facebook feed flooded last week with stories about Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables movies. It seems like every woman in my generation confessed to having had a crush on him. Gretchen Kuykendall Engel put it well when she wrote, “There is a bit of Gilbert […]

Why I Stopped Using Perfume

Why I Stopped Using Perfume

Truth is, I can’t say why I ever started using perfume. I suppose at some point there came an expectation that a girl can’t smell like herself, she’s got to smell like flowers or something. That must have been around junior high or so. The point I stopped wearing perfume was after I attended my […]