In Memorium

Feature photograph courtesy of Ancestry. com. Clockwise from the lower right corner: Debora Ann Ragland Buerk, Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland (my mother), Bessiel Lola Beach (my great grandmother),Margie Violet Dunn (my grandmother). In MemoriumMy MomPeggy Ann Scoles Ragland1936-2022 Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland Death is Nothing at All Death is nothing at allI have only slipped… Continue reading In Memorium

Point Taken

Words of Encouragement Just When I Needed Them This morning I woke up exhausted and with a migraine. I'm sure the trigger is working twelve-hour days for a month now. I know I can sprint for a short while but I'm better off with a steady march. Feeling weary and a bit teary-eyed -- and… Continue reading Point Taken

A Civil War Poem

Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,Any wrongs lad up from a bygone day?Gather them now and lay them awayWhen Christmas comes.Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,And life is short from beginning to end;Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mendWhen Christmas comes.William Haines Lytle I ran across this poem… Continue reading A Civil War Poem


“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art… Continue reading Quote


"Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.― Ray Bradbury Author of Fahrenheit 451.


"When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.' --Stephen KingAmerican Author