Everyone needs a Peter Pan in their life. Just as he opened up a new world to Wendy, in her own magical way, my aunt showed me a completely different way to live. When I was about 10-years-old, I started to rebel against my mother. If she said the sky was blue, I said itContinue reading

Mothers and Children

I’ve been a mother for over thirty years now and a daughter for nearly twice that. On Mother’s Day, I found myself contemplating the juxtaposition of being a child and a mother.   When you were a child, you often do things your mother doesn’t like or makes it challenging for her to be yourContinue reading “Mothers and Children”

What is Emotional Bullying?

Most people agree a bully is someone who physically assaults another by pushing, hitting, punching, grabbing, knocking books out of hands, stuffing someone into a locker or a dumpster, sticking a head into a toilet, etc. But physical bullying is not the only brand of terror; emotional bullying often leaves as many and deeper scars,Continue reading “What is Emotional Bullying?”

A Starry Night

One of the best things about being a kid is exploring and noticing the little things in life. Tyler and his friends were no different.  On a warm summer night, they enjoyed a rite of passage for eleven-year-olds, the backyard tent sleepover. Tyler and his dad pitched a small pup tent in the backyard andContinue reading “A Starry Night”

Which of These Things Don’t Belong Together?

SNEAK PEAK! This is a character introduction to an upcoming YA/middle-grade book “Popularity”. Certain kinds of combinations like spaghetti and meatballs, movies and popcorn, and shoes and socks are famous pairs, but socks and sandals or spaghetti and tuna are definitely not.   What if people were like that? Meredith was. She was movies andContinue reading “Which of These Things Don’t Belong Together?”

Talk to the Hand

Before “talk to the hand” became popular, I believe I used and saw the idea of that gesture many times. As a parent, you often feel that many conversations with your child, back and forth, can be illustrated with one hand held affirmatively in the stop position. With young children, you want them to quicklyContinue reading “Talk to the Hand”

Newtakes not mistakes

Albert Einstein said “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.” After all, one person’s mistake is another’s invention. That statement was never truer than with my childhood friend, Skizitz. Others saw everything she did as a mistake, but to me, it was creative and amazing. She was definitely an original. AsContinue reading “Newtakes not mistakes”

Reruns

“Hi Mom, I need to ask you something about your crockpot.” Jamie called her mother on Facetime.  “I can see you, can you see me? Isn’t this Facetimes thing fun?” her mother laughed.   “Mom, hold the phone back, I can only see your mouth. Good. I’m using your old crockpot.  How did you getContinue reading “Reruns”

Attic Adventures

Cammie was bored. The ten-hour car trip with her mother, grandmother and aunts was bad enough, but when they reached her great aunt’s house, there was literally nothing to do. No Wi-Fi, no TV, nothing. Her great aunt Gertrude recently had a health scare, so they wanted to visit her while they could. Gertrude livedContinue reading “Attic Adventures”

99 cent Kindle Countdown Deals This Week!

From June 21 thru 26th, two of my ebooks will be ON SALE on Kindle for only 99 cents. It’s a great opportunity to try these books, both the first in their series. If you have Kindle Unlimited, they are both always available. A cozy mystery combined with classic detective work, Beck’s Rule’s Mysteries BookContinue reading “99 cent Kindle Countdown Deals This Week!”