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October 21, 2015

Elderly mothers and choices

Did you know that making a choice is not a simple process? Last night, thinking to be the dutiful daughter, I offered her a choice. Crab cakes for supper or Teriyaki chicken with veggies. All I got was a very confused expression and “I don’t know, you decide.” Usually she is very opinionated, insisting on […]

Elderly Mothers, General
October 19, 2015

Guilt and elderly mothers

On Guilt and Elderly Mothers At 96, it appears that Mom has finally settled here in the trailer on our ranchito, but is it more jail than home? She has given up her car and has no way to get to town unless I take her. If I do take her, it exhausts her. If […]

Elderly Mothers, General
October 18, 2015

On NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month begins in November and I wonder what on earth I’m doing signing up for it. Is it an inspiration or is it punishment? The point is to write 1,600 words a day for the month of November and come out with a book at the end. Although I am already […]

June 15, 2015

Texas Rising

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions on Texas Rising for the panel in Austin on Saturday. Consensus from everyone is that it is the usual Hollywood travesty, bad history, incorrect data, and DEAR GOD, since when did Monument Valley wind up in South Texas? The panel provided good input from a variety of sources–Native American, […]

June 8, 2015

Hurricane Season/Research Sources

I’ve just finished listening to Erik Larson’s excellent book “Isaac’s Storm” on Audible. (For which, many thanks to the young lady at the Huntsville, TX Radio Shack who convinced me not to get another CD player but to go Audible). I’ve been meaning to read it for years. Mine is not a review, but a […]

June 1, 2015

Timely Topic – Bernardo de Gálvez

Bernardo de Gálvez, Man of the Enlightenment This unusual young man rose from being a member of small-town Spanish nobility to become Governor of Louisiana, victor over the British during the American Revolution and finally Viceroy over all of New Spain. His military abilities in helping General Washington and the American troops at Yorktown have overshadowed […]

Bernardo de Gálvez, Historical
March 31, 2015


I know you’ve heard about Tracy’s cancer. It has hit all of us hard. She and I started at Sam together 20 years ago. And now, who knows what the future holds for her, or for any of us. So, my recommendation to you is to find people to laugh with. Tell some of your […]