Afghanistan – Something I had to get off my Chest

“Cheating” on my WordPress blog a little bit, but this is way out of the normal realm of my subject matter, so a different venue seemed most appropriate.

I had to write this tonight so I would stop yelling at the TV. I hope my voice joins a rising chorus of people for whom integrity still matters.

https://medium.com/@fireoverfifty/abandoning-the-afghans-who-helped-us-is-unconscionable-14ab18f689a6?sk=4ea875dea8a91be9de5c526b8a1f9428

Let’s Bee Serious!!

Say hello to my little friends

Who quietly keep this earth alive and, quite literally, humming.

A few shots of some members of the order Hymenoptera from around the property this morning. Most are getting pollen-drunk on our male English holly (yes— English holly have male and female plants and they need to be in proximity to make those beautiful red berries for Christmas decorations!)

The first shot is one of the mountain laurel we planted along the edge of the back woods last year.

Nature is my drug of choice!!

Book-Making of Another Sort

Just a super-quick update, because I’m over-the-moon excited: after eight long months, I finally wrapped up my most recent round of developmental edits on my book manuscript this afternoon. Five of those months were spent not working on the edits due to the impact and aftermath of my parents’ bouts with COVID, but it’s been an even longer road than that. I started writing this book in late 2018. I knew I needed an editor who understood me and what I’m trying to do well enough to inspire me through some very difficult reshaping of the structure of the book, and, thanks to my publisher, I have her. She’s put me through my paces, to be sure, and I’m feeling like we’re finally almost there. I’m ready to celebrate!

Happy Friday everyone!