Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Your Christmas Memories


I very much hope you all are able to enjoy this season, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Hannukah. It’s the season of joy and love that brings smiles to all our faces.

Sunday, I had lunch with Cyndi and Bill at their house—roast chicken, baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar, fresh salad and topped off with her homemade chocolate pecan pie and brownies. It was a good deal more than lunch; it was more like a scrumptious Sunday dinner!

I brought along a small tin of Christmas questions to be used as a memory jogger and conversation starter. What a hit that was! Questions like: What is your favorite Christmas song? What is a treasured memory you have of Christmas? Do you have a special ornament and what memories does it evoke? What is your favorite Christmas food and what story is associated with it?  What is your favorite Christmas tradition? And a few other questions, all of which got us thinking and remembering and sharing stories from long ago. We had a wonderful time reminiscing and telling stories the others hadn’t heard. I highly recommend this activity when you get together with loved ones, or even not so loved ones, this week. You never know what you might learn about a person and what that person realizes he/she hadn’t thought about in years. You’ll bring a smile to that person’s face as well as your own. What better gift is there?

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah to you all and may we all go into 2023 with a renewed spirit of hope and love. And above all, let us not forget the reason, and the child, we celebrate this time of year.

I’ll see you next year!


Quote of the Day: Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Happy All the Holidays I Missed!

Hello! Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, and if I don’t get this out soon, Merry Christmas!

I trust you all had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I did, by eating too much at Cyndi and Bill’s house, as usual. But, oh, it was so good!

Here’s a bit of what’s been happening.

On Friday, November 18, I went with my church group to the Carolina Opry Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC to see a Christmas show. I highly recommend you go see it if you have the opportunity. It was a two and a half hour show and I was in third row center. It just doesn’t get much better.

The next day, Saturday, my writing group held our first annual Book Fair in the morning. It was held at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Fuquay-Varina.  Nine or ten of us who are all published and award-winning writers sold and autographed our books. For the first such event of our group, it was a smashing success.  Plus, it was good to see each other in person after meeting on Zoom for more than two years.

This coming Saturday, I will be in Clayton, NC at a school’s holiday bazaar, selling my books along with sixty other craft fair vendors. I’m very much looking forward to it.  

Here’s something you didn’t know—all my novels are now in audio form. The last one to be put on audio was Redeeming Rob. If you want, go to ACX.com or audible.com and if you like to listen to stories, you can buy them for a very nominal fee. If you do, please let me know what you think of the story you pick—Willard Manor, Leaving Mark, Finding Gary, Saving Lou, Remaking Danny, Redeeming Rob, or Testing Michael. The narrators are excellent.

I’m now ready to sit back and enjoy Christmas. I’ll be decorating the house any day now to transform it into a sparkling wonderland. Well, at least it’ll look more Christmasy than it does right now! It’ll be interesting to see how Winston reacts to his first Christmas in our house, and if Chip decides that the Christmas tree is still the best place to perch.


Chip Waiting for the Tree to go Up

Quote of the Day:  Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind. Miracle on 34th Street