A Dip in the Ligurian Sea on a Summer Sunday: Embracing the Simplest Things

I love spending time with my friends and family. The simplest things in life give me the most pleasure: cooking a good meal, enjoying my friends. – Cindy Morgan Bright, Intoxicating Summer Days These long summer days are intoxicating. Whether it is the heat and flowers and summer sun, the wonderful privilege of having allContinue reading “A Dip in the Ligurian Sea on a Summer Sunday: Embracing the Simplest Things”

Friends Keep Our Lights Going

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer   When I arrived at Purdue University to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, the Dean called a meeting in one of the lecture halls for all of the incoming freshmen. His talkContinue reading “Friends Keep Our Lights Going”

The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Two years ago at a writers conference, I stood in the hallway of a hotel in midtown Manhattan, and said hi to one of the first faces which smiled my way. She was from Chicago and had twoContinue reading “The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek”

Thanksgiving and Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson   Grace, Gratitude, and Living Abroad ThisContinue reading “Thanksgiving and Friendship”

It’s a Wonderful Life: 40 Years of My Story

“Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! How could it be anything else?” – the movie It’s A Wonderful Life It’s a Wonderful Life has always been one of my favorite movies. I love Jimmy Stuart and his story of enthusiastic youth turned to despair, and being lifted back out again by taking stock of his life with theContinue reading “It’s a Wonderful Life: 40 Years of My Story”

Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck and a Giveaway

  Big News! Today, May 7, a great new novel is for sale in bookstores: CALL ME ZELDA by Erika Robuck. It’s about Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of famous American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (of The Great Gatsby), and about friendships and how they can help us heal. CALL ME ZELDA is a very specialContinue reading “Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck and a Giveaway”

Great New Books online book club

Along with 5 other writer friends, I’ve started Great New Books, an online book club. Join us to discover and discuss one Great New Book per month. A casual and fun way to connect through books. Everyone is welcome! This month, August 2012, we’re reading Kimberly Brock’s stunning debut novel of healing and redemption inContinue reading “Great New Books online book club”

I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – AudreyContinue reading “I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit”