Pucker Up!

It’s hot here in the Southeast. It got up to 93°F yesterday even here in the mountains. I finally had to shut up the house and turn on the air conditioning. I don’t know about you, but when the temps rise, lemonade is what comes to...

The Sting of it All

Mother Nature must be PMSing. The tornadoes throughout the Midwest and the Southeast in the last month have been devastating. Living in the mountains, I don’t normally worry about such bad weather (the hills usually break up wind rotation)...

Herbs: For Art, Too!

Just a quickie today: Three years ago, one of the wonderful volunteers at the Galactic Expo had to do a piece for one of her art classes using all natural substances. Three years later she finally remembered to bring the finished project so I...

Writing (Magical) Style

The other day, I was asked by a (very non-magical) friend why I use a fountain pen to autograph books. After all, there are many less-expensive alternatives on the market today. The answer to me was simple but it took about thirty minutes to...

Random Thoughts

I’m feeling very out-of-focus this week. Maybe because: I had to say goodbye to another cat Monday morning. Smudge had cancer that had metastasized. She was our mighty huntress, bringing in gifts she’d caught on the deck …...

Earth Day – Every Day

Tomorrow, 22 April, is Earth Day. I’m sure you’ve heard about it. If you haven’t, what rock are you living under? The first Earth Day was celebrated 22 April 1970, before many of my friends – and my kids – were born...

Not-So-Delicate Dogwood

When I first moved to Atlanta 25+ years ago, one of the first things that struck me was the beauty in Spring. I had never seen so many flowering trees and shrubs! All these years later, I’m in an even more beautiful part of the state and...