Beau Hunting Season

autumn love

Hubby recently asked, “Have you ever gone bow hunting?” “Oh, certainly! It used to be one of my favorite past times.” “Really? I didn’t know that.” “Yes, I went every weekend; sometimes with a group of girlfriends, and sometimes by myself. I loved the thrill of the hunt! I would get the prey within my […]

Cutting the Technological Apron Strings

My college daughter and I were chatting on Facebook when for some reason she decided to text me. Apparently, it takes two modes of technological communication to equal the satisfaction of one real life conversation. I responded, “I like how we are simultaneously Facebooking and texting each other. One of these days, you will need […]

Hark! The Herald Angels Tweet

More than the scent of holly and pine More than the sight of red bows and twine More than the feel of snow on my cheeks More than the taste of freshly baked treats The sounds of Christmas make me aware Of peace and good cheer filling the air Are you listening? Sleigh bells ring […]

Your Love Puts Me on the Top of the World!

Castle cake for a fairytale wedding!

I celebrated twenty-two years of marriage last weekend. I say “I” instead of “we” because hubby was seven thousand miles away, celebrating independently. I had been anxiously looking forward to this particular anniversary because it fell on a Saturday, the same as our wedding. My plan was to relive the day moment-by-moment, and I was […]

Religious about Jell-O

Doing a bit of church cookbook research!

Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection of church cookbooks, starting with one handed down from my grandmother, all the way through last week when I purchased four from the church I now attend. They are generally bound with black, plastic, binding combs. Although, some of the newer ones are in fancy three-ring […]

The Twisted Fantasies of a Quaker Boy

Quaker Fantasy

Nearly a quarter of a century in a relationship with a Quaker boy has certainly had its interesting moments.  I grew up with a strict religious background, but not as strict as his.  For example, I was allowed to watch Happy Days, but I had to turn down the volume during the theme song due […]

The Big Ugly Experience


Sometimes, I forget to be a good mom and will neglect to do things like warn my nine-year-old son that if he partakes of the American Legion’s All-You-Can-Eat Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast, he probably shouldn’t enter the festival pizza eating contest a few hours later. He was downing a third slice when I noticed a […]

OMG! A Weekend in New England!

OMG Church

At the age of 15, I had my first piece published in the Barry Manilow fan club newsletter. And so, it was his song Weekend in New England that played in my head as I made my trip to Connecticut for the conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. In my mind, New England is a […]

Remembering my mentor and friend


I am often asked how I got started writing a weekly column.  Many folks assume that I have a degree in journalism, and that this gig is something I picked up on the way to a more serious newspaper career. The truth is, I intended to become an English teacher, but dropped out of college […]