Episode #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History

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Centuries of storytelling proves literature is indeed the “handmaiden of history.” Literature created in each age of man both records and mirrors the heart of man in that era, illustrating the character of a generation. The reading of quality literary works from our rich Western heritage assists and broadens the understanding of our story in … [Read more...]

Drama Takes Center-Stage, Once Again

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Playwriting has been my forte since childhood when, as a stage-struck little girl, everything became story and performance. Plays, puppet shows with my toys, mimicking cartoons and T.V. shows (in the family friendly early 1960's when it was safe) and more. Once I learned to read and write I voraciously recorded my stories with pen and college ruled … [Read more...]

Book Retreat & Storytelling Break

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As launch month for my latest high concept picture book, Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize, comes to a close in the next week, I am taking joy in a job well done. BUT . . . [Tweet "With every job well done, we need to take a break from all the doing."] Just a BLOGGING BREAK, mind you. I have a full plate and just can't eat it all! … [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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Are You a Literacy Cat?

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I love to read. I love to write. I love cats. Put all three together and you pretty much have the lifestyle elements of my day--topped off by a cuppa tea, of course. Reading in the morning in my "secret place" corner involves my Bible (I'm rediscovering the riches of the Amplified with all those meaty definitions tucked right into the text … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Happy Christmas Caroling

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December Greetings to all! Miss Kathy is working on a bit of whimsy and a short story to touch the heart in my Christmas posts this month - but the to-do list filling my days is rapidly filling. Not the least of which are the many events of the season Ed and I are participating in. We'll be sharing the Light of the season through Christmas … [Read more...]