A Writer’s Illusions and Delusions

My heart quivers in anticipation   As a thousand butterflies do pirouettes in my belly  Inspiration: I'm awake and breathless with anticipation. Or is it my allergic asthma because of the old oak tree outside my open window? My belly quivers as if a million caterpillars crawl around trying on butterfly wings Or... was it the … Continue reading A Writer’s Illusions and Delusions

Sweet Lemonade Out of Wrinkly Limes.

She was a gentle spirit who sang her prayers, but even the saintly have limits.  She was an artist, a singer, a storyteller.   She was a mother, a daughter, a wounded healer sought out by her neighbors for comfort and answers.  She was my hero, my teacher, my friend.   She was crafts and science projects … Continue reading Sweet Lemonade Out of Wrinkly Limes.

The Cat, the Rooster, and the Young Mouse from Aesop’s Fables

Letter C (A to Z April 2019 Challenge) I am using two books for comparison as I share opinions or impressions of Aesop’s Fables.  The first is Aesop’s Favorite Fables Children’s Classic Collection, illustrated by Milo Winter and was first published in 1919.  The illustrations and moral teachings are certainly consistent with that era. The … Continue reading The Cat, the Rooster, and the Young Mouse from Aesop’s Fables

Belling the Cat from Aesop’s Fables

Letter B ( A to Z Challenge April 2019) Through the years, the story of Belling the Cat like many of Aesop’s fables has been re-written and adapted to different cultures and social norms of the moment.  It is a simple story of a community of mice coming together to solve a common problem, a … Continue reading Belling the Cat from Aesop’s Fables

Another year with A to Z Challenge

Aesop’s Fables for Our Times. the grasshopper and the ant (clipart) A year ago I participated in the A to Z April 2018 writing challenge.  I had read about it on a blog that I follow, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to commit to writing every day.   I was too late … Continue reading Another year with A to Z Challenge

A Spirit of Christmas Past

Alternate title: Ugly Sweater in the eye of the beholder Lonnie Delopas rummaged through her carry-on looking for the earbuds she threw in there at the last minute. She would listen to music instead of trying to read.  She had been on edge since she woke up this morning.  She felt a difference in the … Continue reading A Spirit of Christmas Past

First Critique Group

If you've read my posts before, you may remember that I started taking writing seriously in March 2018.  I've been working on my craft just about every day.  If I'm not posting here, I'm reviewing and editing or digging deeper to get to the real story.   I recently joined a local writer's association and today … Continue reading First Critique Group

The Practical Aspect of Romance

I like to read other bloggers stories. I truly believe the human experience is one.  Often I find something in the blog that resonates with my spirit.   Yesterday I was visited by Simplytrizah, and when I visited her page in return, I was quite amused.  In Trizah’s Random Thoughts, she tells the stories of her … Continue reading The Practical Aspect of Romance

Fireflies and Fantasy on the Fourth of July

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as … Continue reading Fireflies and Fantasy on the Fourth of July