Back-to-School with a Jane Austen Book Review

Labor Day weekend means the bins come up from the basement and my house gets a decorative uptick to the next season. In September that means FALL! I deep clean the furnishings and pack away all the red, white, and blue Americana decor for the switch-out to faux fall leaves, bowls of cinnamon smells, pumpkin gourds, and scarecrows. Then, the … [Read more...]

When Writers Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12: 27 NKJV [Tweet "Retreat in a verdant garden setting is always welcome to this writer's heart."] I long for lingering moments in contemplation of the glories of Creation and the … [Read more...]

Bright and Beautiful Give-Away Winner!

Glorious greetings on this eve of April! My daffodil buds are about to bloom, followed shortly thereafter by my pink tulips, I expect! A great way to bid farewell to a winter that has decidedly overstayed its welcome in most of the country. Closing out the month of March, I enjoyed a lovely time this past week hosting my first link-up party … [Read more...]

As the Starling Said

Miss Bertram seeks longingly to pass through a locked gate: By this scene in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Miss Bertram had become disenchanted with her fiance, Mr. Rushworth.  A third member of the party seeking the park beyond the gate, Mr. Crawford, was a carefree cad, newly arrived in the neighborhood, captivating young hearts with his … [Read more...]