Podcast Episode #6: Spiritual Keepsakes & Ruby for Women

Spiritual Keepsakes on Trial Laden Road Trips podcast

Back in my Navy wife days, we had vacations built-in to our lifestyle. Every six months to two years we shipped across country, or overseas, to some new billet destination. The time allotted for moving from place to place became like a working vacation—hitting the road for adventures with opportunities for family memory-making fun. According to … [Read more...]

Journal Prompts for Life in the Beehive

Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize

The whole idea of bees and the place they have in Creation has always fascinated me. In recent years I have taken an interest in the plight of beekeepers suffering the loss of hives by the thousands. Much has been documented and debated as to what is causing whole hives to die. A proliferation of GMO’s and chemical farming, posturing as increasing … [Read more...]

All About St. Patrick at Ruby for Women

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Aye, 'tis time to be wearin' the green this week in honor of St. Patrick and the ancient island where saints have tread with not a snake in sight . . . so legends say. There is myth and legend surrounding this fellow from the 5th century, but I think fact is more splendid than fiction. For a number of years I've shared some of the facts of … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cameo Impression

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Some things never change. Like my own love of old things and the stories they tell. Pictures from my childhood record my efforts to make my 1960's attire look Victorian. I wanted to look like the Gibson Girl of the 1890's, though I didn't have the hair for it. I was fascinated by sketches of fashion and beauty in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, … [Read more...]

Just a Little Pink to Start the New Year Right

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We've all been sharing our "words" for the new year.  I have exhausted my audience with my ramblings on the subject in a two part post kick-off to the new year. You can read the long version in Part 1, and then follow-up with the exciting sequel in Part 2. BUT--for all our pinkies out there--a little something special. You see, my word for this … [Read more...]

New Word~New Year~Part 2: Go Forth!

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Week 2 of 2016 already has my head in a tailspin and my anxiety levels tempted to overload.  Last week, in Part 1 of the introduction to my word for the new year, I explained how I "got my joy back in 2015" with a review of past years, their words, and the lessons learned along the way. My 2015 journey to walk in Unbridled Joy was almost a … [Read more...]

Christmas Caprese Tea

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I was up early this morning preparing teatime. Haley would arrive by 9:00am and I had much to do before opening the door and welcoming her to our annual Christmas teatime. Haley and I have met on Tuesday mornings for the past few years. She's home-schooled to allow plenty of room to groom her for a world-class music career as an Irish musician. … [Read more...]

Using Journals to Re-Write Inspirational Chocolate

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I'm breaking out the journals this week for our Random Journal Day foray into the recording of our thoughts and inspirations.  I find that as I age I'm more prone to record inspirations rather than thoughts. I'm not quite so ready to pen my innermost feelings as I am to record the words of others which impress deeply upon my innermost feelings. In … [Read more...]

Literary Retreat to Green Gables

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When the movies first came out in the 1990's, I was captivated by the promotional trailers for Anne of Green Gables. They would be shown on PBS as a mini-series. My calendar was emptied but for that on the appointed days. An old friend would be visiting my heart with her story--one I remembered well from childhood when I first met her. You … [Read more...]

Podcast #2: When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town

When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town, THe Writers Reverie Podcast Episode 2, Kathryn Ross

Once upon a time, after the libraries were burned and the villages sacked, and a great darkness covered Western Europe, the Pageant Wagons rolled into town. And then, there was light. True story. It's a slice of history not many people know about anymore—and certainly not taught in contemporary classrooms. However, it’s true. It happened. … [Read more...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite

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I overbooked October. Entirely my own fault. Perhaps I confused October with octopus--thinking I had eight arms enough to accomplish all I've set for myself to do this month. Writing and project deadlines are looming--but I am welcoming a couple of happy respites this week: Tea and vintage breaks for a weary writer. This past Saturday, Ed and I … [Read more...]

The Power of Two

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Once upon a time there was  little girl who liked to write stories. She wrote about the things that made her heart sing. In her story world, their might be a mystery to solve on one day, and high adventure to discover on the next. Perhaps a schoolgirl might stumble over a treasure tucked secretly away in the attic. Or an old photograph would … [Read more...]

My Ruby for Women Debut

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I can't be more excited this week to finally see the Autumn 2015 issue of the Ruby for Women e-zine! Of course, the cover is dreamy with a stunning harvest image that you can almost smell fall just by looking at it. And, there is an incredible Pumpkin Patch spread with recipe links to the queen of all fall goodies! Sumptuous! Poetry and eye … [Read more...]

Finding Sweet in Bitter Juices

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Another friend just took a short hiatus from Facebook. I don't blame her. That endless news feed torments whomsoever should check their status updates with all manner of words and images. Much of this is cleverly disguised bait for the purpose of hooking one into a total waste of a day. Guilty. It happens to me more than I'd like to … [Read more...]

RJD: The Quotables Journal

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Do you read with a highlighter and pencil in your hand? I do. Most of us lovers of God's Word do our Bible reading that way--marking well loved passages with notes as we take in the depths of His heart to our understanding in deep places. But, I'm talking about regular, everyday books. Non-fiction types? Sure--all the time. I have my Lewis and … [Read more...]

Taking Time for a Teacup Exchange

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Trust me! You do NOT want to see what all I have stuffed on my calendar over the next four months! I tremble and tuck tail when I have to look at that list. Hiding out under my bed sounds pretty good. Now . . . it's not that what I have going on is a bad thing--just too much of really good things. And beauty, of course. Let's see . . . I'm … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]