Category Archives: Writing

Breaking Silence

I finished the draft of my last academic monograph in 2014, and have come to regard Indomitable (2016) as my  scholarly swan song. (I know many academics keep on with their scholarly research after retirement, but after years of an … Continue reading

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Breaking News

These days, news anchors seem to think everything is “Breaking News.” It often reminds me of the boy who cried wolf–eventually everyone ignored his cries. That said, I have a piece of news to share. I don’t normally toot my … Continue reading

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Why do I love living in Bloomington? Let me count the ways.

1. You can walk out your back door and find a baby deer. 2. You an attend a harpsichord concert at the Wylie House, listening to talented musicians from the Jacobs School of Music perform in a charming nineteenth-century setting. … Continue reading

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Write by the Lake, Kentucky Music Festival and other Summertime Fun

Years ago I remember writing “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essays when I returned to school in the fall. At the time, I envied children whose families took vacations, traveling west to the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and Disneyland. … Continue reading

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The End is in Sight…Almost

Instead of writing more frequent blog entries these past few months, I’ve focused on finishing  my first young adult novel. I say “first” as if there is going to be a second. Why not? Writing keeps me off the streets … Continue reading

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Mrs. Johnson–or how I learned to write a story

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and in the evening I attended “Women’s Words,” two hours of women sharing their stories through the written word. Some stories filled the room with laughter while others made us nod in agreement as we … Continue reading

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Why do I write?

I’ve wanted to write since first grade. In my mind’s eye, I see my thick pencil furiously printing words on the pages of a yellow-ruled Big Chief tablet. When Mrs. Johnson said “pencils down,” I slid the tablet off the … Continue reading

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