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We traveled to the part of North Carolina, that rests in the foothills of the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, last weekend for a family reunion.

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Isn’t life all about family? I think so. Warmly greeting old friends, celebrating new life, renewing friendships with family we hadn’t seen in a while. Pausing for a quiet moment to celebrate our loved ones we were gifted to love and share their journey, who are no longer with us. We are blessed God loaned them to us. I can’t imagine not ever having them in my life.

Being in the mountains where the air is cleaner, cooler and stimulating, renews my spirit like no other. Okay, maybe the beach! So it’s a toss-up between the two. There’s such a different reaction though between the mountains and a beach, at least for me. Mountains restore that sensation of relaxation and oneness with nature…

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What Brightens Your Day?

Love Blooms on Main Street

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We all have different symbols that brighten our days. I’m partial to flowers. Any color, height or width.

Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata) is a gorgeous plant. 11025733_10153205985003954_5160012850450597426_n[1]

Tickseed resemble daisies, which I’m fond of. They produce tiny seeds which resemble ticks. Before you know it, you’ll have more plants than you know what to do with. Make someone else happy. Give some away.

Speaking of tiny seeds, that’s how stories begin. Tiny thoughts lock inside your head, take root  and spread into larger  ones. Those tiny thought seeds are the foundation of stories when they bloom into characters and plot. It doesn’t take much to form stories from everywhere around us. Friends, family, strangers or the news. We take one instance and form entire novels from one tiny seed.

My granddaughter and grandson planted Shasta Daisies in a flower bed a few years ago and they also multiply. So make sure you have room for…

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Cooking and Writing – How Are They Alike?

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The other day, a friend and I were discussing dinner. After I told her what I was preparing that night for dinner, she said, “You should think of writing a cookbook.”

Well, I laughed. When people ask for a recipe, it takes a while to measure ingredients as I prepare whatever dish they’ve asked for. Then, I hope and pray their dish turns out.

Most everything I cook is done naturally. I throw everything together without thought. I don’t do recipes well unless it’s a baked item. Exact ingredients and measuring is crucial to the outcome. Still substitutions, such as apple sauce for oil, a sugar substitute for sugar and in some instances, wheat flour for white flour works beautifully.

Since my husband is a heart patient and we’re both diabetic, preparation for any meal is quite a challenge. Oil, sugar, and starches are three of the most…

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