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A Yankee in the Bard’s World

What is it like to live in the Bard’s World?
Located on the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is a great place for a writer to live and work. Many bicycle and foot paths allow for green space easily reached from the city. (2 minute read)

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Cats and Their Writers

What is it about cats that tugs at the heart of writers? The relationship between writers and their cats is legendary. I’ve been away from my cats for half a year. Do they miss me? What’s a writer to do without her cats? (3 minute read)

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Happy Christmas

Why do we have mouse ornaments on our Christmas Tree? A treasured family memory explains why. (1.5 minute read)

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Why Alabaster Caverns?

Did you know the Alabaster Caverns are a real place that you can visit today? The Caverns are part of a 200 acre State Park near Freedom, Oklahoma in the northwest part of the state. Below is a picture of the state park near Freedom, Oklahoma. You’d never know there were caves beneath! Part of the  Alabaster Caverns collapsed to

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What Do You Know About the Santa Fe Trail?

This is the 200th Anniversary of The Santa Fe Trail. The Black Alabaster Box, Book 1 of The Last Crystal Trilogy begins as Grace Willis and her family are about to leave for California on the Santa Fe Trail. Dr. Willis and his wife want to start a medical school. The Willis family leaves in about 1856, after

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Is your cat in the top 4%?

Why do people abandon their cats? Feline Inappropriate Elimination is the #1 reason. 4% of cats pee outside the box at least once a week. Cat litter boxes and litter can make a difference. I’ve declared war on the problem. I’m trying several litter/box strategies. (2.5 minute read)

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Black History Month and Trails West

One of the things I found most fun and interesting in my research for The Last Crystal Trilogy is the incredible diversity of US History. I knew that. But I didn’t really know it.  In Book 1, The Black Alabaster Box, Grace Willis and her family set out for California on the Santa Fe Trail. As I began digging into first-hand accounts

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