Author Archives: Nodebud5512


I couldn’t think of anything much to blog about this month because I’ve been holed up at home, writing. I thought about getting out. But then I looked outside and it was still February. So I began looking around my little writing hole, for inspiration. Here’s what I found: This photo of the house where… Continue Reading

Happy New Year to the New Bride!

Our beautiful (inside and out) niece, Erin, is getting married this weekend, and there are so many things I want to tell her! So here goes: 1.) You’re marrying a man. Therefore – and hold onto your hair here! – your husband thinks, speaks, and acts like a man. 2.) For your information, men do… Continue Reading

Something to Look Forward to

So many people are understandably sad this time of year. Tradition and change collide during the holidays, when traditions are similar enough to remind us of previous years, yet change makes us miss days gone by, people we love and miss. Since last Christmas was my husband’s first Christmas without both of his parents, I… Continue Reading

Danville Admirals Marching Band Rocks!

I have written many love letters to the state of Kentucky, but this one is for the city of Danville and the Danville Admirals Marching Band. Thanks to my daughter’s involvement in the marching band this year, I’ve learned that marching bands work every bit as hard as football and basketball teams – maybe even… Continue Reading

At the Risk of Sounding Crazy er…

“Help” is the prayer I pray most often, both for myself and others. In my experience, although this is a prayer that’s always answered, it’s rarely answered how and when I think it should be. “How” isn’t usually a problem for me. Most plans are better than mine, so naturally God’s plans are always better.… Continue Reading

The Perfect Friendship

Have you ever noticed what perfect friends pets make? That’s because our pets can’t talk, which makes our friendships with them pretty one-sided. If our dog, or cat, or hamster could talk, they would almost certainly say something to make our relationship less…agreeable – something like, “Enough about you and your problems. I’ve got REAL… Continue Reading

Stop the Clock

While we were building our current home, my family and I stored most of our possessions. Then, a little over a year later, these things were delivered to our new house. What a happy day! It was like Christmas in August, each carefully packed box revealing something precious that we’d forgotten we even had. Among… Continue Reading

Endings and Beginnings

Next week is my daughter Laurel’s last week of eighth grade, her last week of middle school…which leads me to recall her first week of middle school: We had just moved and knew not a soul at the middle school. Laurel was a little nervous. I was more than a little nervous for her. I… Continue Reading

Livin’ the Dream

If you read my blog regularly, then you know that after precisely fifty-four bazillion rewrites, my second middle grade novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, FINALLY found a publishing home – yippeeee! What you probably don’t know is that more than one publishing house offered Lula Bell…a home –… Continue Reading

A Heaping Helping of Thanks

My second middle-grade novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, has been sold and will be published by Marshall Cavendish ( in 2012! Hallelujah! It’s been a long, uphill climb – sometimes crawl – and although a great many people pushed, pulled, and otherwise helped me up the hill (Hi,… Continue Reading