Some years ago, we raised bees. It didn't become a permanent thing because it turned out to be way more complex than we'd imagined. But that very complexity -- and the fascinating bees themselves -- made a lasting imprint on me. For instance, I learned that some people can naturally handle bees without getting stung.… Continue reading Some people get stung, others get honey.
Not the usual type of question that I answer because it has nothing to do with the craft of writing fiction. But it's something that I feel passionately about. So here goes --- There is no definitive way to know if an article has depth unless you are an expert on the subject of the… Continue reading How do I identify whether an article has or lacks depth?
My husband liked to camp. The real hardcore kind where you carry everything in a pack and hike into the wilderness for days at a time or at the very least, the kind that only involves a tent and a campfire for cooking. In either situation, you quickly realize what things are essential and what… Continue reading Camping versus Glamping: Pros, Cons
Have you ever daydreamed about what you would do if you were invited to a glamorous red carpet event or something as publicized as the Royal Wedding? Because a lot of people were invited and not all were royalty either. So why not me? Anyway, just in case. I'll be prepared because I've thought about… Continue reading Red Carpet Dreaming
I love the Sequoia, the enormous redwood trees of California. I knew they were big, I knew they were old, but when I actually looked into it, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Three thousand five-hundred years! That’s how old they think the oldest of the sequoia is. That tree has seen an awful lot. It… Continue reading Forever Trees
The tea bag is rooted in the belief that the leaves ought to removed from the hot water at the end of a specific brewing period. At first, there were infusers -- perforated metal containers which were filled with loose leaves and immersed in boiling water, and then removed using an attached chain. They are… Continue reading Tea Bag Anyone?
The Aztecs grew tomatoes but Cortés brought the seeds to Europe. He thought they’d look nice in gardens. Like pretty, round, red flowers. Soon, however, aristocrats – the only people able to afford flower gardens -- nibbled those pretty red flowers and discovered they were delicious and soon lots of aristocrats were eating tomatoes. And,… Continue reading Pizza Anyone?
I got these flowers for Mother's Day. I also got the coffee mug for Mother's Day. They both came in the mail and I knew immediately, without looking for cards or anything, which came from which son. The flowers came… Continue reading Mother’s Day – coffee mugs – flowers