Mental toughness from pen and ink

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 6:23 am

“Stinkin’ thinkin’.” You know just what I’m talking about. For me, it would mean walking onto the tennis court thinking I didn’t have a shot to win. Or my sons walking to the pitchers mound thinking “this guy’s going to jack me.” But for those of you who have quit believing, I have a solution […]

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Funerals and their Southern due

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I was recently playing tennis when we heard a police car’s siren. The officer was leading a funeral procession down the road in front of the courts. All of us women stopped our points and matches, faced the line of cars and politely waited to resume play until all had passed. None of us had […]

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When relievers just aren’t

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 6:10 am

I watched (sadly) as Joba blew a multi-run lead to the Red Sox last night. The Yankees had the game sewed up, or so I thought. Watching pitchers and as the mother of two, it can be so hard to witness their struggles. I turned off the game – I had seen enough, but as […]

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My kids aren’t writers, and I’m going to have to live with that

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

When you hold that little baby, you expect to see a lot of yourself in them – maybe not in their infancy, but one day…As I was writing even in elementary school, well, I expected that they too…I was wrong. Neither of my middle school boys care one iota about writing, not now anyway. They […]

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It’s not the size of the dog in the fight…

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

I watched a high school regional championship baseball game last night. Two powerhouses – both pitchers with ERAs under one. I knew what to expect with the local boy, but was shocked to see the size of his opponent – a 5’9″ bulldog. You wouldn’t expect a kid with a 26-0 win record and .44 […]

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Computers can’t read or (what!) interpret

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

My 6th-grade son has to write an essay. He writes it online. He submits it to some program. He gets a grade. What? Really? How ridiculous!! Since when did computers come with the ability to read and interpret creative writing? That would be just before they take over the world. And just to show you […]

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OMG! My book is an award winner!

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

Never really expected it; secretly hoped; utterly taken aback by it! Cold Case in Ellyson won the Commercial Fiction category for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. The word “commercial” really struck me. We all know what that word means, but I looked it up anyway..”suitable or fit for a wide, popular market.” As a writer, […]

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I confess I’m a product of oil

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 6:29 am

That’s right…my dad was (and still is at 82) an oil and gas producer. Some of my childhood was spent in the backwoods of Mississippi and Alabama checking out his wells. He’s proud to tell strangers that he had to change out some equipment on a well and needed just one more hand on the […]

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Eric Hoffer Award Short List

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

Readers, I never blog twice in one day, but the Eric Hoffer Book Award Short List of the finalists was just announced, and my book, Cold Case in Ellyson, is among them. It’s one thing to have friends and family support me, but it is indeed another to have strangers who know writing to acknowledge […]

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What would Aristotle think of texting?

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 6:45 am

When you have a teenage son and one nearly there, you find that communicating with them is not how it was. Some of our best conversations have happened phone to phone. It’s sad, in a way, but I’m grateful that to have some way of getting through to them. After they head out to school, […]

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