Sitting on my deck this morning, I couldn’t help but admire the persistence of one certain spider. He’s been hanging around most of the summer. I know that because I’ve run into his (her) webs more than once.

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We’ve done out best to leave the webs alone because they’re all part of the natural scheme of things. Once in awhile, we accidentally run into one or have to remove it because it’s blocking the stairs to the bottom deck. We always sense guilt and remorse when that happens.

I mean, really, just look at the workmanship, or spidership, in this case! It wasn’t there yesterday and it might not be there tomorrow.

If not, I’m certain he or she will start, again, on one just as beautiful and functional.

We can all take a lesson from the persistent spider. Get knocked down? Your hard work is criticized? Your views are ridiculed?

Start another web of creativity.

The Lawman’s Apache Moon – Blog Tour



“No more detours!” That was the promise Angelina Lord made to herself when she accepted a ride from a wedding in Texas, with the best man to her destination in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What could possibly go wrong?

Angelina is focused on one thing–opening a fashion boutique in Santa Fe. What she really doesn’t need is one full-of-himself lawman with his aggravating air of superiority and soul-searing eyes…not to mention heart-stopping kisses…coming to her rescue. If she lets him get too close to the truth, he could bring down the wall she erected around her well-ordered life and her heart.

United States Marshal Jace Blackhawke holds family and traditions as the center of his life. He isn’t part of Angie’s world and she certainly isn’t part of his. Will their differences prove to be too insurmountable in the face of the truth that will not stay silent?

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Reinventing Yourself After 50

After years  working in the banking industry, (translation: teller), private schools (translation: executive assistant), the travel industry (translation: failed travel agent) I found myself living in Fort Myers, Florida, wondering what the heck to do, now.

You’re probably thinking, “Go to the beach! Swim! Shop at one of the kazillion outlet malls! Enjoy the freedom of getting up every day with nothing on the agenda!”

Yeah, that worked for about a month, then I got bored. More than bored. I got stale and uninteresting. My mind began to deteriorate. I couldn’t stand me, so how could anyone else? beaches, boats and hurricanes

This isn’t to cast dispersions on those retirees who love every moment knowing they only have to do what they WANT to do. I envy them, in a way.

It just wasn’t for me. When we lived in New Jersey, before “retiring” to Florida, I’d begun a new career; writing children’s stories. The Harry Potter books had inspired me to give it a shot. Who’s to say I couldn’t be the next J.K. Rowling? Other than millions of readers… Continue reading “Reinventing Yourself After 50”

My Grandmother’s Hands

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Sitting at the computer early one morning, contemplating the challenges of aging gracefully, I glanced down and recoiled in horror! My grandmother’s hands rested on the keyboard. Attached to my wrists! Yep…there they were–wrinkled and age-spotted, with the same osteoarthritis-gnarled knuckles that to me, as a child, had looked so fascinating. They didn’t look so darn fascinating now! Keep on Reading!