Tips for surviving winter


Confession: For the first month or two of winter, I revel in the coziness, the hot drinks, the layers of hoodies and afghans. And then at some point (December 26th, maybe) I switch strategies, and begin ignoring the weather out of existence… because I simply can’t hang in there that long without becoming claustrophobic. Here’s […]

March 5, 2015

Giveaway results: Footprints on the Ceiling


Dear people, I’m happy to announce the closing of our Footprints on the Ceiling giveaway, and a winner I actually know and love! Kayla on November 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm said: 1000 gifts by Ann Voskamp Congratulations, Kayla! I’ll be contacting you privately. For everyone else, some more delightful things to tell you– Footprints […]

November 26, 2014



Just a note to remind you that today is your last day to order a Time Keeper at your discounted rate! If you’ve given it a try and had difficulty, here are Starla’s careful instructions on how to apply for the $1.00 refund on her website. Click here to order. If you have any further questions, please […]

October 9, 2014

Giveaway winner


Hello. This is the post you’ve been waiting for. Our illustrious winner is… Lisa! Not Lisa of comment #14 between Rachel N. and Jolene, but Lisa of comment #60 between Tina and Aurelia. Will the real Lisa please step forward… I will message you privately to ask for your mailing address. Thanks to each of […]

October 6, 2014



Gals, I just looked closer and found out these copies are autographed. I mean really. How much cooler can this get? Thanks to each of you for your quick and happy responses. says it will try to pick you ALL. –Shari

September 30, 2014

Giveaway results


Giveaway closed at 10:00 pm last evening. Sincerest thanks and warm regards to all who joined in. You blessed me. I’m afraid I mostly reminded those who were already planning to participate, so I’ll probably have to take a few lifeskills classes before commencing a career in advertising, but hey. It was rich as a […]

May 11, 2014

Sunday mornings

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I sat beside him long ago when the brush of his sleeve against mine sent fire all down my body. I sat beside him hundreds of times when his arm was solid and comforting against my own. I sat beside him when there was such pain between us I shied away from the softest touch of […]

July 1, 2013

Great websites for small businesses


Profession: I know this guy who builds really great websites. He specializes in working affordably with small businesses, bringing big-firm results to small-firm lifestyles. Here’s a site he did this spring for a family in Georgia. (Click on the image to view and navigate the full site.) If you’re thinking a website might increase your […]

June 18, 2013

Train ride at the Erie Zoo


What do children think of, waiting for the train to start? Why do they even have that dark tunnel? Why does the giraffe wrap his tongue around the railing? He does it every year. How did my baby get so big so fast? I am shattered by her pigtails. Erie Zoo, Erie Pennsylvania

May 21, 2013