A Country Mile

Frost Quake

Ohio has had a rough winter by today’s standards.  It seems that we just don’t have the kind of winters I remember as a child in the  1970s.   These days the snow comes and goes.  Three or four inches of the fluffy white stuff  falls, stays a few days, then melts away as quickly as […]

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SCBWInspired!

I may be more like the cattle on my farm than I dare to admit.  It’s taken me a couple of weeks to ruminate and digest all that I took in at the 2010 SCBWI Confernce in Los Angeles.  I’m at a disadvantage to my bovine friends, as I possess only one stomach.  And, unfortunately, […]

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Oh, Blarney!

Well, we’ve all heard of the Blarney Stone, I suppose.  But little did I know that it is located at the very top of Blarney Castle in the village called Blarney in County Cork, Ireland.  Lovely, isn’t it? Okay, this is what it looked like this morning.  I guess a building built in 1446 might be in need […]

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More kids on the farm!

No, not this kind of kid. This kind. On the coldest night of the year Baby, one of Maggie’s mamma Boer goats decided to bring her twins into the world. Alas, Sir Okey and Knight Dokey. Not too long after,Maggie’s other mamma goat,  Licorice, decided that delivering multiples sounded like a good idea. She outdid Baby by […]

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He waited a long time for this

My childhood home was a little lopsided.  In fact, it was WAY lopsided in favor of the females. Poor Dad was on his own. My mom and my sisters and I didn’t offer much in the way of fishing fellows (“Eww… I’m not touching that worm!”), baseball buddies (“The Cincinnati Reds’ are on the radio AGAIN?”), or football fanatics […]

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The Beef Princess of Practical County

This blog evolved from the publication of my first novel, THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY.  It’s a middle grade novel for readers age 9 to adult.   It was released in hardcover in April 2009 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.  The paperback release is set for Summer 2010.  I needed […]

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Labor Day ~ September 7, 2009

This morning, by habit, I woke at the usual Monday AM hour and rolled over.  My groggy brain somehow remembered that today is Labor Day, a Congressional  gift to hard-working Americans  in 1894, and I rolled back over and snoozed another hour.   (Okay, I didn’t actually pull the year 1894 out of my groggy morning […]

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