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June 24, 2019

Summertime in Houston means eating by the pool. The humidity is high, but the air-conditioning is always cold inside if you can't take the heat.  It's time for food, fun and a good read by the pool. Some of my best ideas come to me in these circumstances. My muse loves...

February 14, 2019

What is Valentine's Day without CHOCOLATE? 

In our recent travels we made it to Hershey, PA, where streetlights are shaped like Hershey's kisses and chocolate rules the area.

The history of the man behind the brand and the city are shown in great detail in the museum. It...

January 25, 2019

Sisters! If you don't have one, I bet at some point you wished you did! In Time-Crossed Love it is the single wish of Elena to have a sister and by the end of the novel she is set to have two! 

Imagine being in Elena's situation, stuck in a castle in 1363 England, with...

December 16, 2018

I guess it was a fitting end to a weird weather year that we would have snow! It is such a rarity in these parts that the world stops and everyone enjoys it before it melts.  This snow lasted from about 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. when it melted away. While it lasted it was s...

November 23, 2018

Nothing like a little Thanksgiving pie baking to get you into the mood for feasting, is there? This is the third year I have had extra help making pies from scratch. Pumpkin pie is a big favorite and always made from my grandmother's recipe. Passed down for at least fo...

October 1, 2018

Murder or Accident?

I love the name of this Russian Orthodox Church on the water's edge in Uglich. It really does have a bloody history in that it was built to honor the son of Ivan the Terrible who died near this spot.

Little Prince Dimitry was only eight years old...

September 2, 2018

 Fall found my husband and I cruising between Moscow and St. Petersburg on a Viking River Cruise. It was a real adventure and a learning experience for all of us as Russia isn't what we imagined it would be. The photo above demonstrates that beautifully. Much of Moscow...

August 1, 2018

We found another AirBnB in Zoagli, Liguria in Italy which had a magnificent view.

Italy is a beautiful place in the summertime! The waters are blue, the flowers colorful, but nothing compares to the sunsets over the water, especially if you are enjoying some pasta and w...

July 10, 2018

We took a chance and booked an AirBnB for Paris because our family of seven couldn't find good hotel space. We found a barge nearly at the foot of the Eiffel Tower that looked suitable for us. It turned out to be a lot of fun! It was across the street from Bir Hakim tr...

June 15, 2018

Time-Crossed Wedding, the second in the series Guardians of the Stones, finds Ashley and Robert in Lawrence, Kansas, just before Quantrill's Raid on August 21, 1863. In preparation for writing this section of my novel, my husband and I traveled to Lawrence and visited...

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