Sweet Memories of Summer

“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re over dressed.” Thoughts of my childhood summers wrap around me like a well-worn quilt. Over the years the clarity of the square pieces have faded, some colors have run into others with multiple spills and...

The Lure of a Place

Writers have been taught to fully establish the characters in our books. Who is the main character? What makes them different from the others? What draws us to them? They’re not perfect. They may not even be likable, yet we still root for them. And the same can be...

Going Home

Such love does the sky now pour, that whenever I stand in a field, I have to wring the light out when I get home. ~ St. Francis of Assisi  My childhood religion taught me that God loves us, but God is also a punishing God. Sunday school classes included coloring...

A Place as a Setting—and a Character-Normandy

Have you ever walked into a place—even as ordinary as a post office, and there is a distinct atmosphere or mood? It’s true that many places have a history, and that certainly influences the mood. But some are almost as if the place still harbors the spirit of its...