Lingering Lessons

(Photo: My sister, Linda Marie, and my grandmother sometime in the late 1980s, I think.) Lingering Lessons: I cringed and tightly clutched my dwindling chunk of chocolate, then, reluctantly, my eyes oscillated between my prized treat and her hopeful eyes.  “Can I please have a piece, doll?” she asked, in Spanish.  We had done this […]

Pumpkin Craft for Little Ones

Here’s a perfectly adorable yet incredibly inexpensive and easy Halloween craft for kiddies too young to, say, carve a pumpkin or bake a pumpkin pie. And the best part is that you already (well, you should) have all of the supplies needed for this craft in your home. To begin, you’ll need: a pair of […]

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Yes, I’m a writer. But I’m also practical and have bills to pay. Therefore, I have a day job as a “Kids Club attendant” at Gainesville Health & Fitness Center (until, I hope with fingers crossed, my writing career takes off). That is, I look after/play with/occasionally wipe the rear end of/entertain/feed/burp/sing to/and yes, even socialize […]

Fallen: The New Twilight

If you are a die-hard “Twilight” groupie, then Lauren Kate’s “Fallen” saga is a must-read. In fact, there are several parallels between the two series: Girl meets superhuman boy. Girl and boy fall madly, deeply, and irrevocably in love. Girl and boy are separated and subsequently miserable. Girl and boy reunite and sparks fly, but […]

Nothing Worse than a Broken Heart

I don’t think there is a worse pain than a broken heart. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or the loss of a cherished relationship, a broken heart can debilitate even the strongest man or woman. It consumes thoughts and disrupts sleep. It can make simple tasks, like attending classes, working, and eating, […]