Untitled: A Look at Titles

You're at a museum and a piece catches your eye. You stop and read the description only to find that it's called "Untitled." Maybe you feel ripped off. Maybe you think the artist was slacking off. Maybe you're annoyed that the creator couldn't give you just a little more, a simple name for what this... Continue Reading →

The Alice Project

Oh, Alice. How many times have I picked up this project over the past 30 years? Yes, it's been that long since I first met you through the journal you kept in the 1880s and early 1890s. Later as a woman in her late 30s, I met with you again through your 1866 journal, where... Continue Reading →

If you haven’t peeked into Main Street Pickers at 408 N. Main Street in Duncanville, you should. Nick Nichols, has a created a space full of treasures, ranging from antiques to mid-century-modern furniture to quirky pieces you won’t find anywhere else. He also features some local artists such as Tomas Artiga and Gene Gregory. After Nick retired... Continue Reading →

The Name of Woman

“I may yet be worthy of the name of woman, in the purist and noblest sense. Yes, I will be if resolution and perseverance can accomplish anything.” Alice Marshall Finch, May 1866 This is a line from my great-great grandmother’s journal. She was 18 or 19 when she wrote this and living near Richmond, Virginia.... Continue Reading →

Questions for the Sphinx

I spent about half an hour gazing at the Sphinx that’s a part of the British Musuem's internationally touring “The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece” exhibition now at the Dallas Museum of Art (through October 6, 2013). I had seen the exhibit a few weeks ago and dutifully read all the descriptions and spent time... Continue Reading →

[Novel] Waves: “Relieved by Mensha’s presence, the villagers walked toward the fountain like they had for the past 233 Great Seasons of the Tree…. Now they went to see what hands were left, to see who was still alive.”

[Novel] Waves: Relived by Mensha’s presence, the villagers walked toward the fountain like they had for the past 233 Great Seasons of the Tree. Only they didn’t go for the morning greetings anymore. No chatter and laughter. Now they went to see what hands were left, to see who was still alive. Read more: https://amzn.to/2IzjUOl... Continue Reading →

[Novel] The Caretaker of Tree Palace: “How many spring times ago had she and Winsome chosen the growing cedar as their home?”

[Novel] The Caretaker of Tree Palace: Gentle only half-believed his song as they flew up the slope. Fear of not seeing their tree ever again made her wings pump harder. She must find out and see for herself. She hoped her tree remained, its branches open and waiting. How many spring times ago had she... Continue Reading →

[Novel] Waves: “Wolves were out there, and who knows what else. Maybe that’s where the mouth of the world waited, murmuring in the night, calling the names for which it hungered.”

[Novel] Waves: A tiny crack opened in the road in front of Mia. She jumped over it and looked around. Gerlain wasn’t here again this morning, for the third time this week. He said it scared him to sleep in the tents, but the wilderness where he spent his nights seemed a lot scarier than... Continue Reading →

[Novel] The Waking Tree: “She didn’t have to look around to know how the snakes slithered in the colorless darkness …”

The Waking Tree: “She didn’t have to look around to know how the snakes slithered in the colorless darkness, down the walls, across the tan shag carpet and up onto the canopy that hung sheer and light above her bed.” Read more: https://amzn.to/2PckbcE Check out my Amazon Author page for some great deals on my... Continue Reading →

[Novel] The Caretaker of Tree Palace: Owls hooted in mourning of lost hills and valleys that had served as home to many animals, many birds.

[Novel] The Caretaker of Tree Palace: “Crows cawed of the earth losing its trees in the south. Owls hooted in mourning of lost hills and valleys that had served as home to many animals, many birds. The tales did not, could not, prepare her for what her eyes beheld.” Read more: https://amzn.to/2OuDsFE Check out my... Continue Reading →

[Novel] Waves: “A crack opened in the road behind her, but she didn’t appear to notice.”

[Novel] Waves: “Is Mensha out of her tent?” Seema yelled over the grumbling world. A crack opened in the road behind her, but she didn’t appear to notice. With dead eyes, a villager quickly stepped over a gaping hole that closed again under him. Read more: https://amzn.to/2Dassfq Check out my Amazon Author page for some... Continue Reading →

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