Vacation Pinks with Kenzie

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June brings summer and storms and vacation week for me and hubby. We packed the bags and were off for a week in New England with my son, daughter-in-love, and that grand-girl of mine, Kenzie! While South Jersey had two destructive storms the week we were away (no damage to our home, praise the Lord!) we enjoyed lovely cool nights with breezes … [Read more...]

American Foundations for the 4th of July

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On this 4th of July in 2015 . . . Red, white, and blue are the ONLY colors I'm flying in any flag to represent the United States of America. Our nation's title has become quite the oxymoron in these recent days of manipulated divisions and contrived crisis. Helter-skelter headlines have eroded hard won foundations by the first "greatest … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Heaven

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It's a snapshot of my childhood. Yes, that's cute little me way back when. It's the first of some great vintage photos to share--but you have to read The Story first. Okay? You can see that I'm grinning. I think mommy made some chocolate chip cookies and I can smell them baking in the oven. I shall have to wait til they cool to taste them. … [Read more...]

At Rest in the Nest

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Nothing says “morning” to me like a cuppa tea, my corner recliner, an open Bible, and birdsong chirped on the other side of the picture window. Fluttering wings under the eaves of my front porch are a joyful way to start the day. Copperfield takes a great interest in all the goings-on, swishing his tale and jerking his head, making little “ack ack … [Read more...]

Ladies and Dollies and Tea

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I breathe a sigh of relief knowing winter surely is past and spring has come, when it's time for the annual Dolly & Me Tea, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Vineland.  I look forward to my gig as Tea Mistress, bringing stories and a lesson in teatime etiquette to ladies and dollies and well loved stuffed animal friends. Spending an afternoon … [Read more...]

Heather Over the Hill

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Heading to The Garden Center @ Sepers Nursery this Sunday afternoon to kick off Blooming Books Storytime for the season during their grand re-opening weekend!  I’m bringing Haley as a special guest and we’ll be performing Mother Chicken’s Eggs for all and sundry. Will probably leave Mother Chicken back in the chicken pen, though. I don’t … [Read more...]

Epilogue to “The Story”

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When we last left our Holy Week Ruminations on "The Story" this past Good Friday, the Chorus mournfully exposed Jesus on the cross . . . Chorus:                                 Look into His eyes Jesus the Man. Scorned, rejected, Condemned to die. With passion in His gaze, Forgiveness on His lips, He bought Man’s pain, Man’s … [Read more...]

Resurrection Spring Pinks

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Long time no see . . . me . . . in Blogland! Oh! For the love of book tours, marketing, and inventory control, life as a new independent publisher with my first book off the press has me running to and fro with activity! Learn more HERE about all my growing into greater things . . . How I miss a more regular reflective time for writing and … [Read more...]

Ruminations on “The Story”

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It's Random Journal Day with our own Enthusiastic Dawn and I am feeling the conviction of making time for my long ignored blog to post something of relevance to this Holy Week. My days are not my own since publishing my book--far too many details for all the hats I'm wearing as an independent publisher. I am weary. AND--I miss blogging . . . for … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Annual Visit

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Time for the wearin' o' the green this month as we bid fare thee well to winter white and look forward with hope of greener grasses and the harbinger of spring--St. Patrick's Day! And, to that end, my annual re-post of a valuable slice of history we should all know and make the hallmark of our St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Of far more worth than … [Read more...]

Grand-Girl Pinks

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Can I crow? What a grand-girl I have, and beyond blessed I am! A couple of weeks ago my son and daughter-in-love braved the New England winter roads and took a week's vacation to visit Nana with this precious cherub--looking much like her daddy when he was her age! Nana shut down work and social media and thoroughly enjoyed being snowed in in … [Read more...]

Remembering that Rose

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So it's March and it's snowing and I have purposely put my snowmen and all things wintertime decor away in their storage bins, tucking them in the basement until next year. Bring on the SPRINGTIME! My home is awash in bunnies and tulips and baby chicks and plenty of floral arrangements in anticipation of this weekend's time change and … [Read more...]

Juggling Urgent & Important

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I know some of you might think that I've completely fallen off the face of the earth the past three weeks. Well, partly.  I've been whisked out of this Blogland World, completely buried in a myriad of both URGENT and IMPORTANT, causing me to take an unplanned break from my happy place here with you. So, in just a few photos, I'll bring you up to … [Read more...]

A Vintage Valentine Story

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My dear elder friend treated me to a glimpse of her childhood when she shared her vintage Valentines with me. At age 92, she is spry and spirited with a million tales to tell--all well documented via scrapbooks and journals and photo albums and letters. On this particular day, it was her Valentine scrapbook filled with wonders that had me … [Read more...]

Collected Clippings: Cutting It for My Art Journal

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You know how it's just the coolest thing in the world to get a brand new box of crayons, open the lid, and take a good whiff? Isn't "new crayon smell" the easiest transport technique to connecting with our way-back childhood? That--and glue. And, the sound of a zippered pencil case. And the sensation of a clean slice of drawing paper or--better … [Read more...]

Wool Socks on Sunday

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Our church meets in a freezer. Not your average kitchen freezer--it's a little larger than that. A lot larger, actually. You see, we meet in the middle of open farmland fields, renting an old brick cinder-block armory. Uninsulated. It's spacious inside--from the cement floors to the almost three story high open ceiling, where what heat the … [Read more...]

Tea and Adventures

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If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone With the media abuzz, babbling about the "Blizzard of 2015" about cut a swath from where we live in New Jersey up to Boston, I think the next couple of days will … [Read more...]

All Things Bright & Beautiful Link-up #8

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New Year Joy To You! What a whirlwind of a close-out to 2014 and welcome to 2015! I missed our link-up in December with far too much merry-making and holiday hoopla. From book deadlines to family dinner planning to entertaining friends to celebrating our anniversary . . . well . . . please forgive me for taking a blogging break to the … [Read more...]

Sparkle On!

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Been working this month. How about you? Oh, the mornings have been tough. My fault, really. I've been staying up way too late and my body clock is all off. Stress levels in the last couple months of 2014 seeped into these first couple weeks of 2015. But, I have become wiser for it. The fix is in! I'm getting my calm on--with a splash of … [Read more...]

V is for Vintage Violin

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I have resolved this new year to not feel guilt pangs when I take joy in simple pleasures. I admit, 2014 was a year of monumental change in my career direction requiring an inordinate amount of mental and emotional fortitude to focus on new tasks with a sharp learning curve. In so doing, I forced myself to shun those things that have … [Read more...]

In a Word or Two – 2015

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Every year has its image shaping trends. Be it faddy fashions, mania behaviors, craze diets, or vogue must-see-TV, human history is replete with sages and rages marking the date indelibly with the latest what-all. Buzz-words of the day are especially iconic on this list. Remember when being "swell" turned into "feeling groovy" which became … [Read more...]

New Year 2015 Greetings

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 Blessings to you and yours this new year! I've been meditating on my WORD for 2015--and think it may turn out to be more of a PHRASE . . . Stay tuned for my own … [Read more...]

A Very Vintage Christmas

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Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let's all be jolly! Author Unknown A Merry Christmas to one and all this most anticipated week of the year! I've not had the time to post as regularly as I used to with so many new adventures on my plate since summer. I have … [Read more...]

Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing!

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Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing ONLINE-- The home of "faire words, insights, all good things and beauty" from my pen and over 30 years of writing and speaking! I can't be more excited about this long awaited dream come true! After ten years of performance storytelling in schools, churches, libraries, elder care facilities, and … [Read more...]

Pageant Wagon Christmas Village DIY

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December arrives with shock and awe.  Weren't we just ringing in the new year? Where did the past eleven months fly off to? I blinked--and it's time to drag up the Christmas bins from the basement for my annual total home make-over. I do a house decor refit for each season, but Christmas is my shining glory moment for decking the … [Read more...]