Cindy’s Nonsense of Snow~

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Do you remember Smila who had a “Sense of Snow?” I loved the book and movie about her, and the way she could interpert subtle changes in the snowy region where she lived, that other people couldn’t see or understand.
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I unlike Smila, can make no sense of snow.

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In fact, I am mildly afraid of snow, oh heck, make that more than mildly.
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My fear comes from growing up in Southern California where there is no snow worth speaking about, and traveling regularly to ski various mountains since I was young. Mammoth in the Sierras has more snow than many high mountain ranges.
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There is more snow averaged over the years in Mammoth than the Rocky Mountains. Here is the snow looking out the SECOND FLOOR kitchen window in our rented condo unit today.

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Here is the snow resting against our second floor balcony’s sliding glass window. This is…

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The Psychology of Ice Cream

Four Foxes, One Hound

Today’s guest Fox is Heather Gray.

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I’ve decided that you can tell a lot about a person by knowing their favorite ice cream flavor.

For example, I prefer coffee flavored ice cream. That says I’m bold, intelligent, and philosophical. (Mint chocolate chip is my second favorite, which means I like to laugh and that I’m thoughtful and daring.) Then there’s my son. He likes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. He likes the familiar while still enjoying variety, and he’s handsome. (Yes, his ice cream choice says that.) My husband is a connoisseur of cookies and cream, which tells me that he likes to be around people who make him laugh, enjoys badly-dubbed Kung Fu movies, and prefers solitude over crowds.

Variety in ice cream is like variety in life. We can’t all be the same, and really, who’d want to be? So what does your favorite ice cream say…

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Memorial Day: What’s to Celebrate?

This is what it means to celebrate Memorial Day!

The Portrait Writer

Author’s Note: Re-posting from last year, because some messages don’t change.

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How do You Celebrate Memorial Day?

That was a trick question.

Across the country, folks are firing up those backyard barbecue grills, stocking the beer coolers, brewing sweet tea, and hunting through the garage for the horseshoes and lawn chairs. Company’s a-comin’ and it’s sure to be a day of fellowship and relaxation.

Partiers and politicians alike will make mention in their toasts and speeches of “those who died in defense of this nation” as if it’s a public service announcement. Something to check off  on their “to-do” lists for the day.

But there are also people across the land who are hurting today, for whom this day intensifies the memories of loved ones who didn’t come home. A folded flag presentation. A stone marker in Arlington or any one of the nation’s 131 veteran’s cemeteries. An empty seat at…

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Flight of the Fairies

I want to start a new online business to sell some of my artwork. I’ve had so much fun researching and working toward turning some of my paintings into prints. I used acrylic paints to paint some new pieces. Here’s a trio I did to get started.

Aren’t they adorable?Aqua Fairy

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Pink FairyTill next time…

Year of Jubilee!

My writer friend, Peggy Trotter, deserves all the praise on her accomplishment of getting published. She’s an amazing writer who is going to go far. Check out this interview.

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Scars from Jubilee’s past keep her in constant fear of her new husband. Can she learn to trust again?

Hi everyone! My friend and critique partner, Peggy Trotter launches her debut novel today! It’s a historical Christian romance that I greatly enjoyed reading.I hope you enjoy this chance to learn more about Peggy, and her book!

Let’s get started with the interview!

This is such an interesting story. Where did you get the idea for it?

Wow.  This is such a hard question.  A form of this story has been in my head for years, but I finally wrote it down about six years ago. It started with an idea of a woman trying to make it on her own before modern conveniences.

How much of yourself is in Jubilee and your other characters?

Jubilee has fears, both real and imagined.  I think I overthink things too much, much like…

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Pray Before You End Up in the Hospital

My family has been through a lot the last two weeks. My second son got sick, very sick. We took him to a doctor. Then we didn’t follow his advice. Strike one. Then we waited too long. Strike two. And we didn’t prepare. Strike three. What started out as a bad headache in one of our sons was an event that changed our lives forever. After five days with no improvement we finally took the doctor’s advice and headed to the emergency room to have him checked out. I didn’t believe it was anything serious and hated the fact that we were wasting money on an ER visit. I was floored when Continue reading