Welcome to my blog. I hope you will return often for that second cup.

Writing has become more than a way to make lists or keep in touch with friends. It is a vital part of who I am. For the past few years I've been writing essays, devotionals, a memoir, and several novels. I invite you to join me on this site so we can explore ways together to improve our writings. Words can be beautiful or they can be hurtful - even devastating. The well-placed word or phrase, the choice metaphor, a fresh perspective - each can add to the reader's participation in sharing the thoughts of the writer. I invite anyone who wants to improve their work or even if you have never attempted writing beyond a grocery list to return often. Feel free to add your thoughts. There are no grades given - no critics to deter you. We do this as friends - chatting over their second cup of coffee. (or tea, if you prefer.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My French Friends

A special welcome to my new friends from the beautiful country of France. I have been getting so many French stopping by my site -- more than Americans! --that I wanted to say Bon Jour.

 Having been to France I just want to comment about your food. We never had a poor meal in France. Never! Even at the Louvre, the food was memorable. My husband and I have cooked as professionals and we can not come up to your standards. So, please stop by often. You can leave tips on cooking!

 I have been writing non-stop - novels - but plan to spend more time on blogging. au revoir.     June

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Penn State Tragedy

I write with a heavy heart about our wonderful Penn State football team. It is tragic that events like those outlined in the press were allowed to continue even after exposure to the authorities. How could the original witness walk away, leaving an innocent child in the hands of a pervert?

 The sin of one man being further perpetrated by "good men doing nothing" is appalling. My heart grieves for the children's lives that have been permanently damaged by the cruelty of a sinful man and those who allowed it to continue.

Last night they held a prayer vigil for the victims. I'm thankful that there are many who put the children first. I was shocked to see so many in support of Joe Paterno. Yes, he did a lot for football and Penn State, but at what cost?

I would  hope those who turned out to show their support for him would put some perspective on the events in question. Games - over lives? Please. Have we fallen so far?

Amish Novel Completed

I just finished my first draft of an Amish novel. (one of three) It's 85,000 words long. I had to do my research even though I live in Amish land. (Central PA) It was so much fun to write and I completed it in a little less than a month. Now the work begins - edits and more edits. I enjoy the fresh writing the best, but I'm learning that it is necessary to let some time pass and then read it with fresh eyes.
Waiting to hear from an agent who has shown serious interest. I'll keep you, my readers and friends, posted. Enjoy life - it's the only one we get.