ice scuptor at the Seattle Center Winterfest

Do you have a December MUST DO list?

Between the spouse’s office party, the kids’ school concerts, present wrapping, cookie baking, and family visits, December doesn’t come with a to-do list, it blows in like a MUST-GET-DONE blizzard. Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season. It’s festive, fun, full of goodwill, and features a cheery prerecorded soundtrack. Unlike certain other long, …

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Glacier Bay Alaska

My Alaskan Cruise

During the summer, cruise ships sail in and out of Elliott Bay. I watch them from my window. I’ve probably seen thousands of tourists embark and return from their Alaskan voyages. What were all those people experiencing? I wanted to see for myself. In August, I finally got my chance when my husband, daughter, and …

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family at Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving Traditions

Even if your family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there is at least one dish that makes your holiday celebration unique. You don’t have to take my word for it, just remember that first Thanksgiving away from home. What was missing? Unless that dish is served, it’s not Thanksgiving. For me that special food …

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To Increase Word Count, Lose the Attitude

I recognize attitude when I see it, a teenager’s eye roll, a cat’s saunter, a waiter’s dismissive shrug. So, I received an unpleasant surprise when I evaluated my year-to-date writing progress. Instead of a completed novel, I found a big pile of ATTITUDE. I’ve written several posts about finishing my novel. (See here and here.) …

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Not Quite Over You-Goodreads Review

Silver Tesdal and Drew Lovato’s passionate high school romance ended when Drew left for college. Despite her pregnancy, their lives took separate paths. She thought she’d moved on, but when their spark reignites will she end up heartbroken again?

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Set That Clock!

I reset my clocks on Saturday. A simple action that added an hour to my week. If I did that daily, I might complete my annual goal list, the uber-ambitious January plan. Instead, Halloween has already crept by, and Thanksgiving is lurking outside my front door. (That’s Christmas skulking on the street corner. Don’t believe …

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Washington State University Football Field

Ol’ Crimson, Cougar Fans, and College GameDay

Everyone cheer! ESPN’s College GameDay finally came to Pullman! What? You don’t understand the significance?  I bet whether or not you’re a college football fan, you will appreciate the story leading up to the October 20, 2018, broadcast. It’s a tale of school spirit, perseverance, and small-town pride. If you’re not familiar with the national …

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