And…We Have Lift Off

Well, it’s official.  Today is the release day for the memoir I began writing over a year ago.  This afternoon I’ll hold a copy of the book in my hands and read to a group of friends – and strangers who may become friends – for the very first time.            …

More Friends in Arkansas

Last week I spent a few days in a little Podunk town in Arkansas with my editor, Lissa, and her husband, Rich. The weather turned bitter cold, snowing most of the time I was there, but I’ve never been any place warmer. Lissa and I first met through emails after she was hired to edit…

Friends With (and Without) Titles

We’re getting closer to putting a book together….. A couple of weeks ago I met with Dr. Leonard Allen, director of Leafwood Press, who’s publishing the book I’ve been working on for the last several months. I’ll never forget the day Leonard asked me if I’d thought about a title for the book. It was…

Exceeding My Limitations

The first big piece of writing I ever did, if you don’t count my book report on Jefferson Davis in the fifth grade, was the term theme I wrote as a junior in high school. The term theme, as it was called, was a major research paper over an American literary topic and it had…

A Toast to My High School English Teacher

We had all heard the rumors by the time we walked into her class that first day of my junior year of high school.  Florence Rowe had a reputation of being the hardest English teacher in the school.  Someone you just didn’t mess with.   Every day she stood in the hall outside her classroom and…