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Opening the First Box of Books

My Editor and Publisher, Jan Pogue of Vineyard Stories invited me for the "hand-off" of Star Child from the shipper to the storage unit. The book had finally come home to where it started as a whimsical out of the blue idea. Here is her post.

Post Script

Just yesterday I wrote about the little osprey chick that we spotted in the nest next to our house..the first In twenty some years. Late in the afternoon I watched with tender amusement and some concern as the temperatures soared and  Momma O spread her wings to shade the little guy. Surely she knows what to do and osprey have survived a sudden heat wave before, I thought. I saw him …

Baby in the Nest!

Two years ago I wrote about the first pair of osprey to build a nest on the osprey pole that we share with our neighbors, Garth and Ollie Edwards, who are in their mid nineties. Their appearance and industrious efforts raised great hopes for permanent nesting at a location that had been empty for around 20 years. Alas, their nest was  flimsy and they abandoned it. Last year, hopes onc…

Beach Breakfast

If you are hungry when visiting my house, then it is your own fault. At least that is what I tell any guest who is reticent to rummage through my fridge and pantry to find a snack or lunch, but especially breakfast. I generally don't prepare breakfast for anyone but myself. In fact, with all my work lately to get my book out, I try to block off every morning for writing and website work, e…

Turkey Rings- Another Adventure in Publishing

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My publisher and editor, Jan Pogue posted this funny sneak preview of Star Child in her Vineyard Stories site. I got a real chuckle out of it and began musing about whether the "turkey rings", which looked like body piercings on the book jacket, should also have jewels on them.  Jan, as you can see from her writing is a very resourceful member of the team.  Enjoy... I want t…

Hangout! Skype me, Grandma!

Enough about the loss of contact and community that is engendered by our modern obsession with electronic gadgets,Twitter, Facebook, blogs and smart phone apps! Let’s forget for a moment about the daily online and print reports of cyber-bullying, sexual predators, and addictions to online pastimes.  Last Sunday gave our family a chance to experience the best use of internet co…

Birthing a Book

                             Several months ago I wrote a blog about pressing the "send" button on my manuscript for "Children of the Stars". That seems like lifetimes ago. Almost nothing has captured my attention or focus but the work of finishing this book. I am almost there.The proofs will be back in a week or s…

Meditation and the Four-Fold Way

I like to use this framework in introducing the practice of meditation to new students. It is adapted from  The Four Fold Way by Angeles Arrien.  The Four-Fold Way is an ancient system of guidance for living a life of balance and integrity practiced by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples for millenniums. Today we may apply those same principles to the learning and prac…

Children of the Stars

Today was like any other Thursday. I walked the dog, drank my tea, shuffled papers in my office, went to the gym, and spent some time answering and sending emails. Now it is 8:30 in the evening and I am taking a moment to pause and remember that today was not just like every other day. Today I sent in the manuscript for a book I have been writing for a very long time. It will be published …