Lesson in Research Redux

I had reason to go to our storage facility and bring home the boxes of files I accumulated researching my book as well as writing it. To use a cliché, it truly was a “Blast from the Past.” The book was published in 2009, and I have not looked at these files since. I...

How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma. For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental...

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write. We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t...

Me and My Bees: Creating a Bee Friendly Home

I’ve actively been trying to replenish the bee population, one flower at a time. I take the problem with our disappearing bee population and all pollinators personally. If I don’t’ do something to help, the colony collapse will be my fault. Now, I have to admit that...

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer? Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first. What is...

My “Reduce Plastic Packaging” Challenge Part 1

I tend to take a lot of things personally. Such as when Obama was running for U.S. President against Mitt Romney and I knew if I didn’t volunteer for Obama’s campaign and he lost, it was my fault. I attempt to do things to protect our planet. I have fruit trees,...

What Exactly Is A Sanctuary City? You May Be Surprised

Do sanctuary cities allow more criminals out on the street? The statistics show that to be inaccurate. Actually, Sanctuary cities have a lower crime rate. To better define the term, “Sanctuary Cities” is actually a misnomer. Americans believe that it refers to a city...

How to make the Student Strike(s) really count

To the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. You are MAGNIFICENTLY standing up, speaking out, calling B.S., and planning political action for reasonable legislation. THANK YOU! You are showing our country (and the world) the very best of who we are as...