A Stew Recipe Worth Trying

My daughter Sarah makes this soup all the time. I asked her to send me the recipe. The soup it rich, hearty and delicious. I believe you will love it. Here’s the recipe African Chicken Peanut Stew Servings 6 to 8 servings Use chicken legs, thighs or wings for this recipe. They have more flavor…

Poldark, the PBS Masterpiece Series We Just Stumbled Upon

Ray and I began watching Poldark last night. After staying up way too late, we finished the first five episodes and hated going to sleep even then. The series started in 2015 and ended in 2019, so we are, as usual, late to the table. However, I can say, so far, so good. We both…

Happy Birthday, Kevin!

Kevin is my niece. She is my sister Leslie’s daughter and she’s exactly ten years younger than I am. Her name is Kevin Elizabeth and she was named at a time when there were at least a few girls who were also named Kevin. That was before it became pretty much exclusively a boy’s name….

Unimaginable Losses & A Prayer

Over the past few days, several people I know have experienced terrible losses. Two have lost their adult children, one a husband. I learned this news on Facebook and for each, I felt a genuine ache in my heart. The very thought of losing a child brings tears to my eyes. And when I read…

Flash Fiction: Olivia’s Pain

Most have no idea how Olivia became the way she is now. So morose and wistful and despondent. She didn’t used to be any of those things. Her long auburn hair once was pulled up high on her head, curls spilling everywhere and often ringed in flowers. Her blue eyes once sparkled just from seeing…

Flash Fiction Revisited: The Triumph

I wrote this story based on the following prompt: Pick 3 items in the room where you’re sitting. Mine were travel cup, poetry book, red plaid blanket Use these 3 items in a story of no longer than 1200 words Use at least one metaphor, one symbol and one alliteration. I have not written flash…

Great Christmas Movie To Watch

Ray and I decided to watch a Christmas movie today. Ray chose the 2017 film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is the story of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol. Before you shrug and say, “No, thank you,” stick with me for just a minute and let me explain why this…

Trying Something New for Our Upcoming Christmas Meal

A friend of mine posted this recipe tonight on Facebook. This is my kind of food. Colorful, healthy and delicious. I was thinking this might be the perfect dish to make for our upcoming Christmas dinner. It’s simple but full of flavor and has a festive flair. Plus anything with feta cheese has got to…

Five Ways of Looking at a Mistake

I. A mistake can be a screw-up, a SNAFU, a moment when something or someone is ignored, insulted, hurt by another person who didn’t do any of those actions intentionally. II. A mistake can be an opportunity, a lucky break, a time when something or someone is given a reprieve, a second chance, a new…