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Memorial Day in a small town



Life in a small town can be pridictable, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Every year on Memorial Day, our Veterans of Foreign Wars post holds a ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives in the service of our beloved nation.

The VFW Commander reads some material that I am guessing is supplied by the national organization. There is always an honor guard in uniform, very solemn as they march in carrying flags.  The past couple of years, there has been one woman as part of this honor guard. This makes me very proud somehow.

Since it is so hot around these parts, the beginning of the ceremony will be held indoors. Then those who are able follow the honor guard outside for a three gun salute and Taps. I confess I am moved to tears whenever I hear Taps. Our post uses a recording, not a live bugler, but it gets me every time anyway.

At the conclusion, everyone goes back inside for a luncheon. It is a potluck, and the tables are always overflowing with yummy dishes. I am planning to bake a cake later today to take with me tomorrow.

Whatever your plans are for the rest of this holiday weekend, I hope you will take some time to remember what the day is really about and offer up a prayer of thanks.



How to attract readers



Last October, I organized Indie Author Day at a weekly outdoor market held on the grounds of an arts center. It was a beautiful day and about two dozen authors showed up, but not many sales were made. The patrons were more interested in vegetables than they were in books.

This year, I am working with my county library system to hold the event again, this time in a library. I’m looking for some ideas. As a reader, what would attract you to such an event? I’m thinking having authors talk about their research or the locales or themes of their books would be appealing.

Or should an Indie Author Day be targeted at writers or wannabe authors rather than readers. Or a bit of both?

What do you think? Which would you attend?

Off to the races


Did you watch the Kentucky Derby yesterday? There was more drama than usual when the winning horse was disqualified and an extreme longshot ended up the winner.

My husband and I have actually been privileged to attend the Derby thanks to a very good friend of his who lived in Louisville for many years. It is every bit as fun as it looks on televison. The celebration lasts for a whole week prior to the race with parades and the like. Alas, I did not wear a fancy hat when I went. What a missed opportunity.

derby hat

We invited that friend as well as my husband’s brother and their respective spouses to our place for a mini party before the televised race. I put together several appetizers, so we could munch and watch the preliminaries at the same time. Although I have a quantity of mint growing in my back yard, I did not serve mint juleps. Nobody really likes them too much.


The horse I had my eye on ended up coming in third. I picked him because I liked the silks his jockey wore. Very scientific, right?

Did your horse win?

To prom or not to prom



My husband’s youngest grandchild went to the prom last night. She wore a fairytale princess dress and looked absolutely lovely. I must admit, I’m envious. You see, I never went to my own prom. I was that nerdy girl with the glasses who spent time in a band uniform instead of a glamourous gown.

On my little island, the local Kiwanis has organized what they call a senior prom the past two years. Sadly, I haven’t gone to that either, although nowadays I do have a date. Maybe next year I’ll finally get to experience this event. In the meantime, I included a senior prom in the third book of my Calusa Town Tales, Island Dream.



Did you go to your prom? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments.



Keep smiling


We authors lead such glamorous lives (not).

Here I am ready to sign books at a place called the Shell Factory. It is a large building selling not only shells, but also toys, Christmas ornaments, and other miscellany. It is currently being remodeled, so my fellow romance author Diana Welker and I were seated amid video games, a pool table and a pizza counter.


Sales-wise, Diana did better than I today. I couldn’t even give away the candy I brought to tempt readers. I did get a few people to sign up for my newsletter.


Oh, well, Better luck next time.

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