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Alfred Hitchcock fans, this is for you –

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Family, Oklahoma, Silly Stuff | 0 comments

We’ve been at my parents’ the last three nights enjoying the ending of pool season. Every night we watch a giant flock of birds swarm around their bedroom chimney. There’s been some debate on whether those birds were actually going into the chimney. Mom knew she had a bird, maybe a whole nest of birds in there because they could hear them at night, but she said there was no way all fifty or so birds could be living in there. My sister Becky and I watched and it sure appeared that they were darting into the chimney, but it was hard to tell from that angle. Eventually there were no birds left. Being an inquisitive sort…. Of course I couldn’t just let it go without finding out for sure whether there was a whole flock of birds in my parents’ bedroom chimney. I told them to stay there and watch the chimney. I was going inside to start a fire. I removed the little fireplace screen and tossed a few Kleenexes in the fireplace. I got a match  and then because I would never want to cause any harm to their lovely house by making it smell like smoke, I reached in to open the flue. The noise was akin to standing beneath a...

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6 Steps to Writing a Letter to a Corporation

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Writing | 2 comments

Many times we hear that a corporation we do business with or a public figure that we admire has done something that is disappointing. Many people mean to write to share their disapproval, but don’t know where to start. Others contact the organization, but their accusations don’t open a dialogue. Here are some thoughts on how to write an effect protest letter. 1. Why are you writing? An interview on TV, a product you find offensive, a news item – what was it that prompted you to start writing? Dear Pepsi-Cola, I noticed your company’s name on a list of corporate sponsors who fund Planned Parenthood. 2. Who are you? And what do you want? If you are a customer, tell them, but be honest. Don’t over-inflate your importance. And then tell them what you are hoping to accomplish. As a customer, I’m asking you to reconsider that support. 3. Why should they change their policy? How do they change their policy? This might be as simple as, “In the future, please put clothes on the models in your ads.” Or it might require some investigation on your part. You don’t like when your gym plays explicit music in the weight room? Tell them some comparable stations that would serve their clientele without the...

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Finalist…. but It’s Not Final.

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Books | 4 comments

I don’t really understand the term Finalist, because it doesn’t mean that anything is over. In fact, it means that you get to go on to the next round. Very confusing. Maybe it should be called a Continuist? Anyway, this has been an exciting spring, that’s for sure! I’m so pleased to get to share that both my novella An Unforeseen Match and my full-length historical romance A Most Inconvenient Marriage have made finalist. In fact they both double...

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How To Get An Autographed Book For Your Mom

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Holidays | 1 comment

How different my childhood would’ve been if my mother hadn’t loved books! How about your mom? Did you share books? Do you share books now? Or maybe she doesn’t read much now, but you wish she would. Well, I can think of a few books to recommend. <<wink, wink>> And if Mom is going to get a book, it might as well be autographed. How can we make this work? 1. Snap a picture of the receipt showing where...

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April 19, 1995 – What Remains

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in History, Oklahoma | 3 comments

Twenty years ago today I was eight months pregnant with our first child. Coy and I were young – married for less than two years – and still trying to find that happy distribution of chores, for which we are still searching. Having recently resigned from my job at our church office, I figured I was the one with the time to mow, so I was dressing in my yard work clothes that morning…those that I could still fit...

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