Someone whom I greatly admire, Kristine Katherine Rusch, posted about the critical voice this week on her blog. (You can read it here) For those who aren’t familiar with Kris, her blog is for readers as well as writers. She is a terrific writer, editor, and teacher and an all around great person. This particular post was aimed at writers who have a hard time setting their creative voices free, but it got me thinking about how the critical voice attacks us in all areas of our lives, not just as artists.Read More
After a couple of beautiful spring-like days we were rudely shoved right back into winter, complete with high winds, an ice storm, massive power outages, and 5″ of heavy wet snow. Ouch.
We lost our power for 30 hours. Not a tragedy because we have a wood stove for heat and a gas range so could cook on the stove top. It was damned inconvenient though since we need power for the well to work. No showers. No washing dishes. No flushing the, uh, toilet. You can imagine. Fortunately I had four gallons of distilled water in the pantry so we had drinking water for us and the dogs.Read More
This is a Spring Beauty, a sweet and delicate ephemeral found in the local woods. (Photo copyright Gunsmith Photo.)
Ephemeral flowers are quick to come and go. They show up when the ground has warmed but the leaves on the trees are not yet out so they get to soak up the sunshine before the woods get shady. We have several varieties and I look forward to them every year. When they arrive I know winter’s truly Read More
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Who doesn’t enjoy pictures of puppies or kittens? This photo is of my ivory lab the day I brought her home four years ago. Ziva now weighs 65 pounds and is immensely strong, intelligent, and never fails to entertain me.
THE READING LIST: I reread a few favorite novels this month but mostly it was a month for reading short stories. I love when I discover new writers and I discovered a few this month whose work I’m going to look for. Here’s a partial list of the ones that stuck with me:Read More