Monthly Archives: January 2011

WRITER WELLNESS, A WRITER’S PATH TO HEALTH AND CREATIVITY

Today I’m pleased to have Author Joy E. Held as my guest.  Joy has some interesting and helpful tips to share with us.~ Hi, Beth! Thanks for being a super host today. I wanted to share a list I call … Continue reading

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The Wonder and Beauty of Historic Homes

My fascination with old homes and plantations, a theme that figures regularly in much of my writing, is partly inspired by the family home place, circa 1816, located outside the historic town of Staunton, Virginia in the lovely Shenandoah Valley.  … Continue reading

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The Wizard’s Wife

Today, the very talented author Toni Sweeney is my guest.  We are fellow Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers, where I’ve gotten to know Toni, who amazes me with her imagination.  Weave your spell, my lady. Once upon a time long, long … Continue reading

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“I have the simplest tastes~I am always satisfied with the best.” ~Oscar Wilde

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit” ~Shakespeare “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.”~ Zelda  “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on … Continue reading

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The History and Romance Behind ‘Scarborough Fair’~

“Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme Remember me to one who lives there She once was a true love of mine.” ~Scarborough Fair / Canticle by Simon & Garfunkel, based on an old English ballad, … Continue reading

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Who Are All These Enemies of the King?

“Passion Governs and She Never Governs Wisely”~ That quote by Benjamin Franklin gives a powerful feel for the turbulent atmosphere that swept the country during the American Revolution.  I spent years researching and writing historical romance novel, ENEMY OF THE … Continue reading

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I Love Rachel Portman’s Music

In addition to enjoying YouTube downloads, I’ve bought A Lot of Rachel Portman‘s soundtracks, so I’m not a moocher.   She captures the most wonderful sounds, truly magical stuff.  Her music is my favorite to write to these days.  She composes … Continue reading

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“What Can Kill, Can Cure.”~

Intermingled with the lovely, poetic quotes are the simple Old herbal sayings. I enjoy both and hope you will take pleasure in this sampling. What can kill , can cure. The intense perfumes of the wild herbs as we trod … Continue reading

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50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature

An interesting article was recently brought to my attention regarding the literary works of many great novelists and story tellers who arrived at the welcoming, or not so welcoming, shores of America from many other parts of the world.  As … Continue reading

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19th Century Medicinal Treatment From Gunn’s New Family Physician

Gunn’s New Family Physician, written in 1864, is chocked full of information.  Not all of it necessarily helpful to our modern minds, but definitely intriguing. For instance, Gunn’s treatment for Inflammation of the Bowels might raise some eyebrows these days.  … Continue reading

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