Stuffed Green Peppers

Sometimes we need a nudge to change — sometimes we need a shove.
When our son chose to conquer his cancer by making his body healthier we joined him on his journey. He spent three weeks at the Sedona Wellness Center in Amazon learning about the connection between food and cancer. When he returned, along

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, or Yule, as it is known in Celtic celebrations.
This time of year was seen as a great reversal of the Sun’s presence in the sky and stories of the birth or rebirth of the sun gods were a common thread in the world’s cultures. The Celts believed that on

Christmas In The Highlands

 
Christmas in Scotland is a wonderful blend of the old and the new.  All the usual holiday trimmings are on display, but with a warm twist that is pure Scotland.  Bagpipes weave their magic throughout cities both large and small, a Christmas Santa might wear a kilt and haggis might be decorated with holly. The

Writing Tips – SOUND

 

SOUND —–The tone of a person’s voice can provoke a rainbow of emotions.  A deep voice can make us feel grounded whereas a high pitched screech can put us on edge.  Experiment the next time you are watching a television show or movie.  Close your eyes and try to picture the person from

Time Travel Series

In honor of the launch of the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s, Outlander, on August 9th, I’m sharing what I’ve learned on one of my favorite subjects:  Time Travel.
Although it might feel that the idea of time travel is a modern concept, humans have talked about, written or dreamed of the idea for thousands

Writing Tips

The Sense of TASTE
How do we learn? You’re probably wondering what an odd question. But ponder the question for a moment.
In school, we are taught through listening to a lecture, through reading textbooks or through writing down answers or constructing sentences. When you read a novel those same principles are in

WRITING TIPS

Writing Tips – The Six Senses – first in a six part series.
                 THE SENSE OF TOUCH
 
We all have a story to tell. Some of us shout it from the rooftop, while others share the tale by a cozy fire. That doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that our story holds

August Eve

August Eve or Lughnassandh is one of the three main Celtic Festivals: Samhain, in the Fall, Bealtaine in Spring and Lughnassadh, in summer.  Lughnassadh is celebrated when the harvest is over, and the fruits and grains are stored and ready for use during the long months ahead.
Lughnassadh is also named for the Irish

STORYTELLER

sto-ry-tell-er:
a: teller of stories,
b: a reciter of tales,
c: a writer of stories.
 
I recently researched a topic for a welcome letter for the PNWA writer’s conference that I’d like to share.  It discusses what it means to be a storyteller.
 
The word in its current form, dates as far back

The Writer’s Life – roller coaster or merry-go-round?

Ask yourself; is your writing life a roller coaster, or a merry-go-round?
This question occurred to me after watching the 1989 movie Parenthood with Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and one of my favorite actors, Keanu Reeves, before he became the mega star of Matrix.  Steve Martin’s character, Gil, wanted a quiet, uneventful life,

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