So much held in a heart in a lifetime. So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment. We are utterly open with no one in the end – not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live … More Hearts
I grew up in small towns. On top of that, I lived in the country, not in town. I think living in relative isolation was good preparation for living in a pandemic. Honestly, I’m only now starting to miss in-person socializing. A little. One good thing about isolation of this kind is that you have … More Favorite Fiction: 2nd Quarter 2021
Honestly, I’m a much better poet than a baker. I like to eyeball ingredients, and you can’t really do that with a precise science like baking. But I’ve been making this sour cream coffee cake for 15 years and have never grown tired of it. Enjoy! Sour Cream Coffee Cake Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook … More Writers Who Bake: Lannie Stabile
“I’m an optimist, but a melancholy one—the sort who doesn’t believe that everything is great, but knows it isn’t and believes that it’ll be okay anyway. Maybe a better word for that is faith.” — Cheryl Strayed
Can I just say that the more Flash Fiction I read, the more I want to read. I love this genre so much and man are we lucky to have some really great FF writers in our world. Here are a few stories that just wowed me recently. Enjoy! * Jennifer Toddhunter in Twin Pies … More Flash Fiction That Will Drop Your Mouth Open
When I first moved to northern Michigan, I wanted to find a hearty homemade banana bread recipe with one of my favorite ingredients: peanut butter! I found the beginnings of this one online, and after a few tweaks (like adding chocolate chips), it has become a favorite among family and friends. I hope you can … More Writers Who Bake: Amy Zaranek
I’m hoping to start a new feature here on the blog. So many people have started baking again since the pandemic, including me, and I thought it would be fun to share recipes. Since this is primarily a writing blog I thought I’d put out a call to writers who bake that would be into … More Calling Writers Who Bake!
With the pandemic now (arguably) in it’s 8th month, I’ve been noticing lots of talk about books on social media. It looks like reading is enjoying a boom and that’s a good thing! In the past few months, though, I find that my reading choices are pickier than usual. Memoirs and Poetry are probably my … More Pandemic Reading: Writers Share Their Picks
With the holidays upon us I decided to go ahead and post my fourth quarter Favorites . I’m currently reading some books I plan to review here plus I have a post or two percolating so I don’t think I’ll be reading as many journals as usual until after the New Year. I’m linking to … More Favorite Reads, Last Quarter-ish
This isn’t a great pic – I took it with my iPad from my side yard. I was out with the dogs and happened to spy the pink glow through the trees. The sky was pink striped! The clouds were vertical across that patch of sky and in between – a pink sunset. It … More Tiny Moments: The light through the trees.