Celebrating an Anniversary, and a new novel…

Ten years ago, on October 6, 2011, Arriving: 1909-1919 was released. I remember the feeling of excitement and anxiousness at the thought of this story, one that was so personal to me, being in the hands of others. I recall the book launch on October 29, and how surreal it was. Surrounded by media, friends, and family, […]

The Reluctant Author is here!

The day has finally arrived… The Reluctant Author has been published! This novel is a fictionalized memoir that tells the story of a woman who, despite her best efforts, just doesn’t fit in to the world around her. At fifty-seven years of age, Laurine Schaffer decides it’s time for her to follow her childhood dream […]

The Reluctant Author is almost here…

What a spring it has already been! I can’t believe it has been almost three months since I started to self-isolate. The current situation came as a bit of a shock to all of us I expect, and I hope you have all been taking care of yourselves and finding time to do things you […]

Fighting the January blues…

Greetings to all of you – I hope you have managed to keep warm this month! After a lovely Christmas holiday, I thought I would send a belated Christmas gift – an excerpt from my newest novel, The Reluctant Author. I am at the halfway point and very excited to know what you think! “With little […]

Winter Wonderland

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle “Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the […]

Autumn Glory

“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” – Wendy Delsol, Stork “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe L. Wheeler “My sorrow, […]

Summer Serenity

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under […]

Heralding of Spring

“Spring forever appears the soothing music part of lyrics unspoken. It thaws the frozen fears, mends the wounded heart that Winter has broken.” ~Aarno Davidson “In Spring, everything is full of promise…The child sporting upon the lawn, and the season, sympathize together, and nature rejoices in her virgin loveliness.” ~Charles Lanman, “The Dying Year,” 1840 […]

Christmas Reflections

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W. T. Ellis “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas everyday.”- Helen Steiner Rice “The best of all Christmas gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton […]

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