General Observations

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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’ terminology, […]

By |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 slick […]

By |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 offer direction to the […]

By |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 to […]

By |October 31st, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments

R.I.P. Philip Hubbell Jones Jr. – Historical Valley Resident

The passing of Philip Hubbell Jones – a lifelong resident of the Lower  Naugatuck Valley – gave me pause. I didn’t know him personally but his work affected me and my family. Here is a beautifully written obituary posted by the Shelton.Herald.

Obituary: Philip Hubbell Jones Jr., 96, of Jones Tree Farm
Philip Hubbell Jones Jr., age […]

By |August 13th, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments

Quilt Comfort

What’s more comforting than a quilt? Especially if its one that has been around for a while, seen many washings, and has that baby-blanket softness that we all adore. Quilts speak to our inner child as they evoke memories of afternoon naps, nighttime snuggles with a favorite book or maybe a pet. Most of us […]

By |August 10th, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments

Tripping Through Connecticut

This past week was a whirlwind of activity. From the moment we boarded our US Airways flight in Gainesville, Florida to the moment we set foot in our own home again seven days later it was non-stop movement.

This was our (hubby & I) first time flying out of Gainesville Airport and I must confess that […]

By |July 28th, 2015|General Observations, Marion's Valley|0 Comments

Savin Rock – White City (Bridgewater Chronicles)

White City (or Savin Rock) is the setting for several  chapters of The Bridgewater Chronicles – my latest series of historical fiction. You will also recall that I shared some of my personal memories of Savin Rock with you in my book Valley Memories. Today, Savin Rock is long gone and all that remains is the […]

By |July 7th, 2015|General Observations, Marion's Valley, Uncategorized|0 Comments


This Fourth of July weekend finds me working on THE BRIDGEWATER LEGACY – Book #4 of The Bridgewater Chronicles. A short while back the ending of the series was revealed to me in a dream and so, unlike the other books in the series, I’m working backwards.

This picture is one that is providing inspiration for […]

By |July 5th, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments

10th Work Anniversary

I must admit I’m blessed.There aren’t many people who get a shot at a second career – especially when it’s doing something they love to do. For me that passion has always been writing. (Second only to reading.) For most of my adult life I didn’t take the opportunity to find my writing voice – […]

By |April 12th, 2015|General Observations|0 Comments