Self-Published Authors and All Their Hats

Before I decided to become a self-published author, I naively imagined ALL MY TIME would be spent dreaming up storylines and writing. Ha. Ha. What a naïve child I was back then. No, future writers, be warned, when you decide to become a self-published author and a sole proprietor of a new business, you have … Continue reading Self-Published Authors and All Their Hats

My Favorite Quotes from a Brave & Noble Man – John Robert Lewis

Photo by Colin Lloyd on Pexels.com Here are some words of wisdom to live by from a brave and noble man. As a thirty-three-year veteran of the Democratic Party representing the state of Georgia, John Robert Lewis was a member of a brave and noble group of people who fought for Civil Rights and Voting … Continue reading My Favorite Quotes from a Brave & Noble Man – John Robert Lewis

Katie Garrett’s Cute Creepy and Curious Artwork

Katie Garrett artist - The Scholar Marius (Image by K McVere LLC) Before Covid-19, I purchased a small piece of artwork created by Katie Garrett. She’d exhibited her work at one of the local libraries in Ada County and I really liked her work. The exhibit included pieces by other artists I know which are … Continue reading Katie Garrett’s Cute Creepy and Curious Artwork

Copyright Confusion: Self-Publishing Lessons I’m Learning on the Job

For weeks, I’ve been going back and forth with an employee of U.S. Copyright.gov over volume one of my book of poetry and short stories Albion Street Poems & Short Stories. Wow! After my exchanges with the U.S. Copyright Office, I’m learning about copyright do’s and don’ts, more don’ts than do’s and more information than … Continue reading Copyright Confusion: Self-Publishing Lessons I’m Learning on the Job

Lessons from the Patio Perch Family: Be Vigilant, Cunning and Smart Consumers

This spring I’ve been paying close attention to the nurturing and courage of the Patio Perch Black-Capped Chickadee family. Their behavior is a testament to their resilience, courage and craftiness. I suspect once Earth rids itself of the virus which is humanity, other smaller critters will take our place. My writer’s imagination foresees chickadees becoming … Continue reading Lessons from the Patio Perch Family: Be Vigilant, Cunning and Smart Consumers

Your Home is Your Castle: Not Necessarily

After the high winds and hail yesterday in Boise, I ran outside to be sure the chickadee family was safe. When I saw both Papa and Mama chickadee feeding their chicks, I started to cry. That knowledge, that something good still remained after a weekend of rebellion ignited by the tyranny of police brutality makes … Continue reading Your Home is Your Castle: Not Necessarily

Remembering the Future: Equality & Justice for All

Just in the last decade, I could name all the innocent people who’ve been murdered in America based on the color of their skin, their religion or because they’re poor. I won’t. If you are a decent human being and aware of what’s been going on in America, you already know their names. As a … Continue reading Remembering the Future: Equality & Justice for All

Birdhouse Still Occupied: An Apology from a Fledgling Ornithophile

Sorry for the misunderstanding last month. I’m new to birdwatching. My post last month suggested the chickadee fledglings are gone, flown the coop, making merry (as teenagers will do) or joined their cousins, uncles, aunts and grandparents. Not so. I totally misunderstood the chickadee language and culture. First you have the courtship, then you choose … Continue reading Birdhouse Still Occupied: An Apology from a Fledgling Ornithophile