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”
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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”
“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”
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!”
I saw a pile of Scrabble tiles in a Facebook picture recently on my 5 minute social media break, otherwise known as my bathroom break, and thought, what if you could turn up the tiles you wanted in life, instead of the random ones you pull out of the bag. If you have you everContinue reading “Scramble”
Echoes in Time
From photographs and slides to digital, preservation efforts often past memories to be technologically updated, providing opportunities for different views. Although I’ve flipped through photos in scrapbooks and albums numerous times before, but television viewing afforded the possibly for a room full of people to view the same photograph at the same time. And theContinue reading “Echoes in Time”