On June 17, a 21-year-old man shot and killed nine people during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. His website consists of white supremacist diatribes and apparently features a picture in which he is posing with a handgun in front of a Confederate flag. It has been reported that he shouted racial slurs during the attack and that he later told police that his purpose was to start a race war. One account said he almost didn’t go through with the attack because the victims were so nice to him. I couldn’t help but wonder what circumstances in his twenty-one years might have prevented the attack altogether. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week I wrote about the kitten we had adopted a few days before, or more accurately, the kitten who had adopted us. I ended by saying she had managed to climb the first two of six steps to our back porch, and I wondered how long it would take her to make it all the way up and, from there, into the house. It didn’t take long. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week David and I were working in the back yard when I heard a noise I didn’t recognize. My country education has progressed to the point that I can identify the barking of a squirrel and the cry of a hawk, but this sound was a new one.
“David, is that a bird of some kind, or is there a cat around here somewhere?” Read the rest of this entry »
David and I had an unexpected and really fun date night last week. It was unexpected first, because it happened Saturday morning, and second, because we thought we were going to meet some of our Senior Center friends at a local church for their monthly breakfast. There had been a change of schedule, though, and we didn’t get the memo. When we arrived, the parking lot was empty and the doors were closed and locked. Read the rest of this entry »
For those who have asked if there is another book in my future, here’s the most recent report. I completed my latest manuscript last week, and it is now in the query process. That’s author talk meaning the manuscript has been sent to industry professionals with a note asking “What do you think?” Keep watching for breaking news.
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I first published this post three years ago, but I have revised and updated it in honor of Kyle’s achievement.
Kyle is my grand nephew, the grandson of my brother Jim. He was born on September 24, 1996 – a beautiful baby boy with big expressive eyes – and then the seizures began. For the next several years, the doctors examined and tested, trying to discover what synapses were misfiring or what signals were getting crossed in that little head. They finally agreed that Kyle had cerebral palsy and would spend his life trapped inside a body that refused to respond to his commands. Read the rest of this entry »
It wasn’t my goal in life to become a writer. I enjoyed writing when I was younger, and I toyed with the idea briefly until I received my first negative review from an English teacher. I don’t take criticism very well, and I took her comments very personally, so my pen lay idle for several decades.
Then, when I became a caregiver, I was advised to keep a journal. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was a writer. With all the media outlets, being a writer can creep up on you. Sometimes you don’t recognize when you’ve crossed that line – when you’ve reached that place where you can realistically call yourself a writer.
If you’re somewhere in the process of becoming, and are not sure if you’ve crossed that magic line, you’re in luck. I have developed a top ten list of symptoms characteristics of being a writer.
You might be a writer if… Read the rest of this entry »