I am an artist at heart, from music, to painting, to furniture building. And as of recently, writing. I am currently working on my second novel. I live in farm country of Central New York with my husband and two of my children.
On The Banks of Grimes Creek
The sun was bright on that hot day in late August. The cicadas were buzzing loudly as the crickets chirped in chorus. It was uncomfortably warm without a cloud in the sky. The worries and cares of the life waiting for us back home started to melt away in the heat.
Phone Calls With Mom
"Okay, honey. I love you and give Mark and the kids my love," Mom says. "Will do, mom. I love you too, and I will talk to you later," I reply.
Conversations With My New Friend Oneg
Social media is great, isn't it? Especially for Vocal creators. Facebook has many groups dedicated to Vocal creators. In the group Vocal Writers Sharing Community, there are many games and contests that help feature creators and increase reads for those who participate. (If you haven't already joined this group, you can find it here). One of the challenges posed in this particular group is called "Not My Shoes Interviews". We were randomly assigned partners to interview. One problem-I have never done an interview. So I approached it a little differently. My interview partner and I didn't have a laundry list of questions for each other; we just had conversations. That is how I get to know people. And I love getting to know people.
Reclaiming Pallet Wood
If you look on Pinterest and do a simple search for wood pallets, you will find thousands of results, showing you everything from pallet furniture to pallet art to pallet signs and décor. There are hundreds of videos on Youtube that show you how to break down a pallet. Reclaiming pallet wood to create something new has been a popular trend for at least the last decade.
I See You
I See You In place of that shy little girl, stands a young woman, wise for her years. A creative being, afraid to show your colors to the world.
A Moment to Just Be
It is late afternoon on a warm fall day and the sun casts its golden light across the field. The corn has all been harvested, and now I have a panoramic view of the beautiful rolling hills that surround us.
A Collaborative Halloween Playlist on Spotify
This year for Halloween, my teenage daughter and I are planning a Halloween party with our circle of people. (All vaccinated). The guests are all family and close friends. Aunts, Uncles, siblings, grandkids, teenagers, young adults, gen-Xers, and baby boomers. A multigenerational melting pot, or should I say, cauldron. We have the best time when we are together, and this party will be no exception.
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill Three months ago, my life was different. I felt like my primary purpose or objective was to manage my bipolar disorder and the physical symptoms of my brain disorder. I kept my house clean on the days I could get off the couch. If I felt like painting wooden signs, I did. If I wanted to work on furniture pieces that I have yet to finish, that is what I would do. If I felt like writing or had something to say, I would write, only it wouldn’t go anywhere. I was not content with any facet of my life—even my marriage. I was miserable most of the time. I was in a funk of my own doing.