Category: On Life and Writing

The 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 August 5, 2020

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While I wasn’t alive for this event, it had an impact that remains with me today. It was one of the reasons I was involved in the peace movement in my twenties, and a reason why I wrote my book, Buying Time. […]

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6 Benefits of Blogging

 May 5, 2020

  Not everyone understands the benefits of blogging. Whenever I complain about not having enough time to do everything I think I need to do–family responsibilities, writing and publishing books, writing articles and submitting them to magazines, marketing, maintaining my website, and blogging—my husband, the accountant, asks: “What has the potential to make the most […]

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Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter

 April 14, 2020

Looking for ideas how to keep the Easter celebration going all the way to Pentecost? Check out my article from last year’s March edition of St. Anthony Messenger Press. Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Easter as we continue to shelter in place.

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St. Pat’s Day During the Coronavirus

 March 17, 2020

If you are married to an Irish American, then St. Pat’s Day is a holiday right up there with Christmas. My Irish American husband was disappointed when restaurants and bars were closed yesterday because of the Coronavirus. So this is how we are celebrating St. Pat’s Day during the Coronavirus. We have a tradition of […]

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Man of the Month – Now Available for Pre-Sale!

 January 26, 2020

In time to shake the winter blues away! Man of the Month, book nine of Dancing through Life series, is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Gwen, from book six of Dancing through Life series, comes back to St. Luke’s in Cascade Falls for her ministry internship. The last place Gwen wanted to do her […]

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Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard!

 January 15, 2020

Dying is easy, comedy is hard – or, in my case, writing comedy is hard. The quote, first found in the 1982 movie featuring Peter O’Toole, “My Favorite Year,” is attributed to both Edmund Kean, a Shakespearean actor, and Edmund Gwenn, known for his role as Santa Claus in “A Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street.” (for […]

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When Writing Takes You to Unexpected Places

 November 27, 2019

Don’t you love it when writing takes you to unexpected places? This is certainly the case for the novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2019. Josie It started several years back when I went to the library for a writers’ round-table, expecting, duh, a round-table discussion. The previous month had been a presentation by a local […]

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King Lear – Looking for a Happier Ending!

 August 8, 2019

Anyone who knows anything about Shakespeare, knows that his comedies end in marriages and his tragedies in death—not just one death but multiple deaths. I’ve studied King Lear in college and seen other productions. I know how it ends, yet, during this year’s production of King Lear at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, I found myself […]

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Michigan Shakespeare Festival – 25 Years!

 July 26, 2019

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is celebrating 25 years in existence.  I’ve been attending the Festival (formerly the Jackson Shakespeare Festival) for the past 23 years, missing only one year in that time. In celebration of 25 years, I’m sharing some of my memories of those early days. Jackson Shakespeare Festival, 1996 It was the quintessential […]

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Thoughts on Current Immigration Crisis

 July 10, 2019

This post was first published in July of 2014. Back then the immigration crisis involved unaccompanied children coming to our country, now we have whole families. The words remain relevant. Immigration Crisis of 2014 From blog post of 2014 – With all of the news recently about the situation of thousands of children coming to […]

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