Today I finally managed something I've been trying to do for ages: I imported my photography blog written in the early 20-aughts in "Blogspot." It still doesn't look quite like I want it to, but it's a start. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Summer is lazy. But then again, so is every day for me: I'm retired! I've always been a voracious reader. The first book I ever read by myself was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (or was it Horton Hatches the Egg?) by Dr. Seuss. I think I was four at … Continue reading What I’m Reading
Not everything in my life revolves around writing, and this past weekend is a prime example. We had guests from Junìn de los Andes in Patagonia, Argentina. They arrived via bicycle. That’s not an unusual occurrence for us—we are hosts for an organization called Warm Showers whose members volunteer to host touring cyclists for a … Continue reading Warm Showers
If you’re a part of the writing community, you’ve probably heard the term “beta reader.” What’s that, you say? Beta readers are part of the writing process. Let’s start from the beginning: When you finish that first rough (and awful!) draft, the rule of thumb is to set it aside for a few weeks, then … Continue reading Beta Me This
I’ve decided I’ve done all I can with Hope. I’m driving myself crazy trying to make it perfect and at this point I’m afraid I may be making things worse instead of better, so after a couple of weeks of self-cajoling I have started querying agents. Tally three weeks in: 10 queries sent, 5 responses … Continue reading Querying
Bonnie and Clyde: the gangster and his moll. The nearly two-year crime spree that captured the country’s attention. The bitter end in a hail of gunfire. We’ve all heard the story, watched the movies, maybe even fantasized a glamorous life on the run. But really—who was Bonnie Parker? In Side by Side and Becoming Bonnie, … Continue reading Book Review: “Side by Side” and “Becoming Bonnie” by Jenni L.Walsh
We’ve been exploring Ireland these past couple of weeks, a somewhat leisurely tour of the Emerald Isle starting in Dublin on the first of October. Three days in Dublin where we took a walking tour and a bus tour along with wandering the streets on our own. Then a train ride across to the west … Continue reading Ireland: Beauty and Bitterness
Even though we celebrated three days ago, today is the traditional celebration of what was once known as "Decoration Day." My grandfather used that term, and it aptly fit our task of decorating the graves of soldiers and family. The holiday originated in Waterloo, New York, a village near where I live and adjacent to the … Continue reading Memorial Day
Trumpeter SwanGreat EgretThis year's eaglets. No sign of mom and dad
There Once Was a Puffin Oh, there once was a Puffin Just the shape of a muffin, And he lived on an island In the bright blue sea! He ate little fishes, That were most delicious, And he had them for supper And he had them for tea. But this poor little Puffin, He couldn't … Continue reading PUFFINS!