Between You and Us

Between You and Us

Who wouldn’t want to exchange grief and its source for a happier life? Have you ever wished for a do-over regarding a difficult choice or a deep regret? How many times do we ask “What if?” What if my dad had taken a different job in a different city? What if I’d been...
My Bookshelf—All the Titles in One Place

My Bookshelf—All the Titles in One Place

Since November 2021, I featured and reviewed 80 books on my Standout Stories blog (as of February 2024). Time to “organize” them all! Here’s a convenient index for easy reference. Titles are categorized according to genre as well as setting, era, topics, and...
The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

During the last few days of my mother’s life, she was in a hospice facility which proved to be the best possible place she could have been for receiving care, comfort, and compassion.  My sister and I stayed with her—even overnight—for four days straight. We...
Everything is Just Beginning

Everything is Just Beginning

Years ago, when I taught high school art, I wanted students to embrace the process of creating art and enjoy the journey. That’s why I graded their steps along the way, not just the end-product. My motto was: Creating a Product without the Process is like having the...
Count the Nights by Stars

Count the Nights by Stars

When I read Devil in the White City years ago, I was fascinated by the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Not just the World’s Fair and all its creativity, but the juxtaposition of evil running rampant at the same time. Four years later came the Tennessee...

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