Fun, Engaging, Fast Moving – Game of Chess

The delightful Chess Quest Series by Michael Young brings the wonder of knights of the old realm into modern day

When his grandmother goes missing Rich Witz sets out to find her. His discovers he’s the last heir to a line of White Knights who, in a long-standing battle, have been protecting the world from the evil one. Continue reading

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Mindfully Eating Chocolate

The other day a work associate brought us a box of See’s Candy as a thank you. I placed the box on my desk until the Doc had a moment and I could give it to him. The pretty golden box, containing some of my favorite chocolates, hovered in the corner of my vision for hours. Continue reading

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Orison by Brandon Gray

I recently had the privilege of reading Brandon Gray’s young adult novel Orison. I really enjoyed it. So much so that my husband, when he was trying to rub my feet, made the comment to the kids, “Your mom is ignoring me, she has a new book.”

Braden Bell 2

Orison is part fantasy, part mystery, and part romance. Continue reading

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Techniques of a Professional Creative – intro

I developed the presentation Techniques of a Professional Creative, which I’ve given to several writing groups and at a recent writing conference, because I was feeling stalled in my momentum as a writer.  I wanted to learn techniques to become more focused and to take my writing to a higher level. As I studied I came to realize I wasn’t the only professional creative to be feeling this way and the desire to share what I was learning grew. In order to reach more people I’m sharing these ideas in a series of blog posts.  I use the turn writer and writing but these ideas are applicable to any creative endeavor – entrepreneur, musician, artist, etc… Feel free to substitute your personal creative work for the title writer.

Never sacrifice what you want the MOST,

for what you want the most

at that moment.

                                                – James Owen

The things shared in this, and subsequent posts, will help us to keep our eye on what we want most and not get sidetracked with what looks appealing right now. Continue reading

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Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day always causes me to think about Grandma Dorothy and her Irish Soda Bread.

Dorothy at 104

Grandma (at 104)

So, in honor of my Irish heritage, and wanting to share with neighbors, I made a batch of

Irish Soda Bread basket

loaves in a basket

bread. Though I gave them a modern twist — dried cranberries and cherries instead of the traditional raisins. Baked into mini loves and tied with a green ribbon  they were ready to deliver.

 I give you:

Grandma Dorothy’s Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread ingredents

I like to use King Arthur flour, it tastes better than others

8 cups flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs – beaten
3/4 cup oil
3 cups buttermilk

2 cups raisins
use any combination of your favorite dried fruit such as:
cranberries, cherries, and apricots (chop the bigger fruit into small pieces)
to equal 2 cups

optional – 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease two large loaf pans or eight mini loaf pans.

Set oven to 350

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
In a separate, bowl mix together the eggs, oil, and buttermilk.

Add the liquids to the flour mix. Stir with a large spoon.
Mix in the raisins (traditional) or the cranberries and cherries and if you wish the nuts.

Divide among your pans.

For mini loaves bake 35 minutes
For large loaves bake 60 minutes


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Tuesday – A day in the life of a writer

These day in the life of an author posts are designed to show you how thrilling and action packed a writer’s day is. Actually — no. I’m really hopping to scare off any potential authors, less competition.

So new week – new day – Tuesday Oct 13. Continue reading

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Monday- A Day in the Life of ME – writer, mom, wife, cosplayer, volunteer, …

The goal is to start writing by 8 a.m, at the latest, but it’s noon and I’m just now putting my fingers on the keyboard. alarm clockTo be fair, it’s also a Monday, Continue reading

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