Life is Hope

Suicide. Most people shy away from the subject. It’s difficult, and uncomfortable, and leaves us facing our own mortality. We’d rather smile, nod our heads and switch the conversation to something safe and mundane–like redecorating our bathroom or go on and on about how we’re looking forward to spring. It’s a way to stick our head in the proverbial sand, … Read More

A Different Way

In the South, whenever we get together you can bet food’s involved. Whether it’s meeting colleagues after work, social functions, or a night out on the town, any time a handful of friends meet, food is at the center of the affair. For someone who swore off sugar and processed carbs three years ago, it can be daunting. Not because … Read More

Love The Skin You’re In

I write first thing in the morning.  The upside is that it’s easier to get into that creative flow state because my brain is rested and ready to go. The downside is I often find myself distracted through the day by the issues the characters are facing. I’m finishing up the Scythian Legacy, the second book in the Scythian series … Read More

Fighting Imposter Syndrome

According to dictionary.com, imposter syndrome is defined as “anxiety or self-doubt that results from persistently undervaluing one’s competence and active role in achieving success, while falsely attributing one’s accomplishments to luck or other external forces.” I define it as one giant mind fuck. I’ve struggled with it for years. First in music, then teaching, and now as a writer. My … Read More

Oh, Good Lord–Coconut Brown Butter Short Bread Cookies

Most of you know that I’ve sworn off sugar. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but let’s be honest, sometimes a girl just needs a cookie! When I volunteered to make sweet treats for a retirement reception, I figured it was time to look for something unique and original that sugar-loving people could enjoy as well. (Finding desserts that … Read More

Three Recipes That’ll Spice Up Your Life

I love spicy food, almost as much as the sweet stuff. The good news is there are a ton of recipes that have a little kick and are still good for you. Here are a few of my favs. Be sure to click on the pic for the original recipe. #1 One Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce Little Spice … Read More

Wilder Women Do, And They Don’t Regret It

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already been a year since I first picked up Jasinda Wilder’s book Big Girls Do It Running.  If you don’t already have a copy, I strongly suggest you one-click that sucker. Not only am I over ninety pounds down, but all my blood counts are also within normal range, and I feel better than I have in … Read More