Author of women's southern fiction

Uncategorized

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 […]

The Busyness of Being Busy

The Busyness of Being Busy

     Winter is wrapping up, so we’re unwrapping ourselves from thick winter coats, gloves and knitted caps.  We’re sweeping out fireplaces, throwing open windows to refreshing spring breezes, and hanging faux flower wreaths on front doors.  And we do all of this in great […]

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

      I was asked about my hobbies and interests recently, and I have quite a few, but they all revolve around the same thing: anything old.  And I mean OLD.  I love to do stained glass work, having been inspired by old church […]

The Big Little Things

The Big Little Things

     I lost a friend last Thursday, though I only found out about it today, which gives you some kind of idea about how close we were.  No, I didn’t know Keith very well, and, no, we had not shared an endless list of […]