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My Big Girl Pants

My Big Girl Pants

My husband and I recently purchased a little get away cottage in Beaufort, South Carolina.  We call it “a practical investment”.  It’s a place to run away to when the north wind’s bite becomes a little too hard, especially as the years go by and […]

“Perls” of Wisdom

“Perls” of Wisdom

I believe that friends not only share the lessons we learn in life, but quite often are the greatest teachers of them.  And one of those very special teacher/friends, who I knew a very long time ago, came to mind with last week’s celebration of […]

Moonshine on the Mountain

Moonshine on the Mountain

Lying in wait, behind the veiled beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, lie dirt roads that makes one want to be impulsive and turn his car onto them to discover what things of wonder have been hidden out of sight for […]

Kids These Days!

Kids These Days!

     I’m an idiot when it comes to social media.  But, maybe I’m just being too hard on myself… No, I’m an idiot.  I’m always afraid I’ll post something to everyone when it was only meant to go to someone, or that I’ll open something that looks perfectly innocent […]

Fish Fruit

Fish Fruit

     In 1916, my grandmother, Nell Hurst, was 14 years old when she traveled by train from her family’s farm in Thomasville, Georgia, to Miami, Florida.  Making the long trip with her was her 18 year old sister Norma, (who I called Auntie), and […]

A Dog’s Life*

A Dog’s Life*

     I lost my dog on Friday. I don’t mean we left the gate open and he wandered away. We lost him because we took him to the vet, held him and cried as the doctor sent him to a place I hope to […]

The Littlest Angler

The Littlest Angler

Note from Janie:  I’m in the midst of writing a three-book series on old Florida, called the Glory Land series.  The first book, A Corner in Glory Land, takes place in central Florida, around Silver Springs, and Lake Weir, in the 1880’s.  When I was a little girl, […]

New York, New York

New York, New York

     I just returned from a four-day trip to New York.  What a city it is!  If I was asked to describe it in one word, that word would be “indescribable,” or “alive”, or “BIG”.  Okay, okay, so that’s three words, but New York […]

The News Blues

The News Blues

     I don’t watch the news very much anymore.  At least I try to avoid it.  My husband, on the other hand, is obsessed with it.  He even watches it while he’s sleeping.  If I walk into the room while he’s taking a nap […]

Strange Days

Strange Days

    It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ve enjoyed watching how different people celebrate the occasion. Chicago dyed its river green; bars are serving green beer; and shamrocks decorate storefront windows, while the smell of corned beef and cabbage permeates the air in many restaurants […]