In Real Life

The day I wore Pajama Pants to Walmart

When snow and freezing rain hit the Pacific Northwest, we kind of lose our minds. Snowpocalapse! Hunker down! The end is near! Okay, so we’re not quite that bad. Thing is, we get snow every two to three years in this part of Oregon. It really throws us for a loop. I ought to add that… Continue reading The day I wore Pajama Pants to Walmart

Looking Ahead

My One Word for 2017

Happy New Year! It’s resolution time again, and as usual I find myself itching to commit to a list of new projects–which I will later shrug off. Don’t you hate the guilt of trying and then failing? Having a one-word goal keeps things simple for me. In this way I focus not on the “dot” but… Continue reading My One Word for 2017

Darcy By Any Other Name · Indie Authors

Book Dragon’s Top Ten for 2016

I love this guy. He’s cute, plus he has good taste. Yesterday he released his Top Ten Books for 2016. Darcy By Any Other Name snagged his #2 spot. Wow! Thank you, Book Dragon! I love these “Favorite Reads” lists. They’re how we discover some really great books. Especially impressive is that this year all of Katy Huth… Continue reading Book Dragon’s Top Ten for 2016

Announcement · Darcy By Any Other Name · New Book Release

Fall into Reading Sale

It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with e-books? New reads, hooray! That’s right, it’s time to “Fall Into Reading” with FREE and BARGAIN books from my pals at Clean Indie Reads. There are some really good authors represented here. I’ve enjoyed titles by Kathy Huth Jones, Lia London, Annie Douglas Lima, Shaun Stevenson … Darcy… Continue reading Fall into Reading Sale

Lessons from my sons · Students Say What?

The Guilt-Trip Menagerie

“I’m going to ask my mom for a pet tarantula.” This was from one of my students, said to no one in particular. His aim was to get a rise out of his classmates. Ah, but I am wise to the ways of 7th grade boys–and their moms. “Too late,” I quipped. “You’re not home… Continue reading The Guilt-Trip Menagerie

In Real Life · Students Say What? · Stuff and Nonsense

Be vulgar at your own risk!

A new crop of 7th graders now inhabits my classroom. They’re coltish, talkative, and desperate to master the art of sarcasm. Uh-huh. They’re not very good at it. I give them props for trying. Needless to say, they are no match for me. But if they’d like to take me on, hey, I’m game. “Bring… Continue reading Be vulgar at your own risk!

Cat Love · In Real Life

Cat-sneak and the Door of Opportunity

Oral surgeons have two doors at their offices. One is for incoming patients–a nicely-appointed waiting room with magazines and such. And then there is the exit to the parking lot, for those who have had extractions under general anesthesia. A week ago, my husband had a cracked wisdom tooth removed. A laughable situation really, because… Continue reading Cat-sneak and the Door of Opportunity

Book Giveaway! · Book Review · Darcy By Any Other Name

Two chances to win an e-book this week!

 Rainy days and books go together, right?  That’s what we’ve got going on here in the Pacific Northwest today. At long last, reading weather! This week we have two reviews and e-book giveaways to put on your radar. Oh boy! From Pemberley to Milton: Stop by and enjoy Rita Dodato’s review and a special GUEST POST… Continue reading Two chances to win an e-book this week!

Author Business · Book Giveaway! · Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · In Real Life

“I will put you in charge of more…”

  Do you remember Jesus’ Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment. Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first… Continue reading “I will put you in charge of more…”