Category Archives: life

My Studio: One Messy Little Secret

When I started writing ten years ago, I didn’t understand that by doing so I would be giving up some of my personal privacy. It’s not that I’ve become so famous that I can’t leave my house without being stalked by paparazzi … Continue reading

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You Never Forget How

“Let’s go for a bike ride instead.” The weather was perfect on Saturday – dry, and neither too warm nor too cool – and I had decided on some outdoor exercise before dinner. Like every proper Jane Austen heroine, I’m very fond … Continue reading

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Father, Dear Father

“Our dear father has closed his virtuous and happy life, in a death almost as free from suffering as his children could have wished.” Jane Austen wrote this on the day of her dear father’s death (January 21, 1805) in a … Continue reading

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Nothing Ventured; Nothing Gained

You’ll have to excuse me, but I’m feeling rather philosophical this morning: It’s the things/people we care about most that have the power to give us joy and also cause us pain. I know this isn’t an original thought. But … Continue reading

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Summer: It’s All Washed Away Except the Mouse Fur

For those of you living in parts of the country oppressed by heat waves and wild fires this year, I’m sure summer can’t be over soon enough to suit you. But in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the season is short (typically July 5 … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

One thing I like about living in western Washington state is our relatively mild climate. It doesn’t get super hot in summer or extremely cold in winter; no droughts; no blizzards.  Of course, we do have our moments of weather drama, as we … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Regifting

  I spent the morning finishing up my Christmas shopping at Target. Then I braved a stop at the post office to get a last-minute gift on its way. The crowds, I’m happy to say, were not nearly as bad (in … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards

I’ve been creating my own Christmas cards since 2000, each December choosing a different piece of my artwork for the cover image. Two years ago it was a painting of a Venice balcony (painted from the photo you see a … Continue reading

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Take Time for Thanksgiving

  Right after Halloween (and sometimes even before) our retailers would have us begin focusing on Christmas. They want us to start loosening up our wallets now. “No time to lose. Shop early and shop often.” I suppose that’s understandable, … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

This being Father’s Day, I wanted to offer a salute to fathers everywhere who have done their best to shoulder the responsibilities and live up to the ideals of that important office.  My own excellent father, now 84, is a godly man who has my eternal gratitude, love, and … Continue reading

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