New Year Contemplations

I’ve been in Denver with family for the high holidays this week and it’s been a good experience, packed with things to do and people to see. One of the great things about having adjusted to Albuquerque is that I do not feel altitude sickness in Denver when arriving. So it’s been a great time…

Landing on Gimel

I just signed the contracts for two of my stories to appear in Kris Rusch’s Winter Holiday Spectacular for 2021. This will be her third Holiday Spectacular and they are always a wonderful treat. Every day from Thanksgiving to New Years subscribers get a short story in their email and the stories are always wonderful!…

No Right Answers

I just returned from another trip to Memphis. Steve had meetings and a book signing. I got the opportunity to meet up with friends. One of my friends, Jenny, shared some wisdom which just keeps getting wiser the more I ponder it. She said, “Most choices we are asked to make have no right answers….

Latest News

It’s been a whirlwind for the last two months but we are finally unpacked and settled in our new house and we’ve sold our old one. It’s been a surprising amount of work but the end result is worth it. We love our new home and new neighborhood and we will get to travel to…

Reasons for Hope

 Yesterday we unloaded the truck with our furniture and possessions. This house finally feels real. Living in this impossibly beautiful neighborhood is no longer a strange and wonderful possibility, but real!  Just a generation ago, in my father’s time, we would have been forbidden to live here by covenants forbidding Jews, Blacks, and Asians from…

Life, Plans, and Kickstarter

We arrived at our house in Albuquerque after a two day road trip that begged the question, “Has everyone forgotten how to drive?” Seriously, friends, take it safe if you are traveling this week! We are exhausted. Nonetheless I managed to submit my tenth consecutive entry to Writers of the Future on June 30 from…

Leaving the Cluttered Life

Today is our last day in the old house. Our furniture and boxes are speeding toward Albuquerque. All that is left here are a few odds and ends we are taking with us, some things we need to donate, and trash we need to get rid of. Prepping this house for sale and turnover showed…

Dancing with Fear: Five Tips to Defeat the Fear Monster

If we are doing important work, we are dancing with fear. We say that it’s ‘hard’ to share our work, that’s it’s ‘hard’ to start. But it isn’t hard, it’s just scary. . Dean Wesley Smith talks eloquently about fears, about writing myths, and about how to take control of your own mind to eliminate…

Lightening the Burden of History

Yesterday we sat chatting in the kitchen with our wonderful Memphis realtor as we worked to get the house just right for photographs. (It listed yesterday!) He asked Steve what he taught. History, Steve said. ”History was made yesterday, wasn’t it?” Our realtor said. My heart sank. I’ve been out of the news lately and…

Between the Cracks

Since we bought the new house, things have started falling through the cracks. Time has taken on an eerie timeless quality that nonetheless moves faster than we can breathe. I know that I’ve missed emails, missed due dates, and missed at least two events that I planned to go to. We are in the midst…