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Find A New Love or Two

Looking for a new series that will span the centuries? Then you need to read The Bridgewater Chronicles where a turn-of-the-century couple establishes a dynasty that endures 250 years. Follw the loves, lives, lies, and scandals of Cordelia and Kevin Newkirk and five generations of their offspring. Learn if the past can truly influence the [...]

By | 2017-10-28T20:56:29+00:00 October 28th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Thank You Everyone

  I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you who offered prayers and words of encouragement during the past two months.  For those who do not know, I sustained a mini-stroke or TIA in late July. While I was recovering I learned that I had developed atrial fibrilation (A-Fib). That explains [...]

By | 2017-09-21T22:20:47+00:00 September 21st, 2017|General Observations|6 Comments

Memorial Day Memories

Does anyone remember when this holiday was fondly called Decoration Day?  You'd most likely need to be over 55 to have a first hand memory of that. When I was a child Decoration Day was a holiday of remembrance of our deceased war veterans and we would decorate their graves in memory of their service [...]

By | 2017-05-28T20:38:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

A Celebration of Mediocrity

Excerpt from A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:        "Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise in how to make things last was becoming superfluous. Quality: no one cared about that anymore.... No one could change tires. Install a dimmer switch. Lay some tiles. Plaster a wall. File their [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:11+00:00 May 5th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Opening Lines

Every reader, and every author, knows that the way to draw you into a story is to have an intriguing yet easily understandable opening. For example, Charles Dickens opened his Tale of Two Cities with, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Without a great opening, or 'hook' in writers' [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00 November 12th, 2016|General Observations|0 Comments

The Ugly Truth About Downton Abbey

It's over! There's no other way to say it. The televised run of Downton Abbey is over. Done. Finished. Of course you can buy or download the videos and replay them. But there will be no new episodes to watch. Will Lady Edith succeed in her role as Bertie's wife? Will Tom Branson turn into a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:15+00:00 March 12th, 2016|General Observations|0 Comments

Bridgewater Holidays

  Christmas Wishes A Note from the Mistress of Bridgewater   As all of us here at Bridgewater prepare for the celebration of Christmas, I’m sure you can appreciate the organized chaos that heralds the approach of the holiday. Even as I sit in the library with pen in hand, I hear Head Steward Lawson [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:16+00:00 December 11th, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments

Coaching Budding Writers

On Wednesday, October 28th, I had the privilege to visit with approximately 80 students at the Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, FL. Thanks to the wonderful magic of Skype we all spent about an hour together. This year the students are writing short stories in the historical fiction genre and I was pleased [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:16+00:00 October 31st, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments