Category: On Life and Writing

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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What to Give a Writer for their Birthday

 June 26, 2019

Happy birthday to me! It’s my birthday. You reach a certain age and giving gifts becomes more important than receiving them. What can you give someone who has everything? I plan to celebrate my birthday by taking two of my grandsons to see Toy Story 4 then out for a treat. However, there is something […]

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Diverse Characters – How Do You Write Them?

 June 20, 2019

Diversity is a current buzz word in publishing. Publishers want books with diverse characters. In 2013, when I thought about writing the first book in my Dancing Through Life Series, Dancing on a High Wire, I envisioned the character of Esther being black and thereby providing diversity. However, following the adage, “write what you know,” […]

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Freedom Dance – Now Available for Pre-Order!

 June 13, 2019

We here in the America are so blessed. We have so many freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to choose who we marry and where we live. Often we take these freedoms for granted. As does Letty in Freedom Dance, the latest novel in the Dancing through Life Series. We forget the price […]

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How the Enneagram Has Changed over the Past Forty Years

 June 6, 2019

My experience with the Enneagram has changed greatly over the past forty years. My first experience with the Enneagram was almost forty years ago, in the fall of 1979. At the time I was a candidate with the Adrian Dominican Sisters (what was formerly called a postulant). I always liked learning so when the opportunity […]

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