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Front cover of Amy Snow a novel by Tracy Rees

Amy Snow A Novel by Tracy Rees

  AMY SNOW by Tracy Rees Winner of the UK’s Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition   This is the blurb on the back cover that lured me:           Abandoned as an infant in a snowbank in 1831 on the grounds of an estate in England, Amy Snow is discovered by the young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. Despite Aurelia’s parents’ cold and unwelcoming disapproval, the girls grow up as close as sisters. So when […]

Sloe or Gretchen’s Sippin’ Whiskey

        Sippin’ Whiskey  I found the following recipe written on FaceBook and thought it sounded so good and was so charmingly written that I would try it.  My Americanized version follows it and I’ve substituted fruit available here in the States. I have not been able to find the writer, but she claims to have taken it from someone else, so it is not her own.          “Tony does the sloe and […]


I used to do a lot of flying for my job with the Council of American Embroiderers and to visit my daughter who lived out of state. I would often gaze at the ground and see such wonderful patterns and colors and wish that I could replicate them in stitching. But when I tried, everything became so flat and antiseptic. Then one day I was invited to spend an afternoon with several others at my […]

Second Chances

Sometimes they turn out better and sometimes they turn out worse.  We’ve all had them.  Some are funny and others can bring memories of anger or remorse. How about a second chance at marriage?  Hmm, well, some statistics report that only 33% of them turn out better.  And for a third chance you have only a 27% chance of finding a better marriage.  Whoops.  This may not be a good example! And consider that fatal […]

Veal Croquette Recipe from Saving Juliana

This is the Veal Croquette recipe as my friend Martha Holloway wrote it.  I couldn’t remember what she meant by (turkey piece).  I have only made this once, to rave reviews, many years ago.  I asked all my friends what she could possibly have meant.  I asked my butcher if this was a term for a particular cut of meat.  My daughter asked some of her Chef friends and they all laughed and said they […]

Front cover of My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

My editor, Bill Hammond, posted this on FaceBook:  “I am reading Pat Conroy’s, MY READING LIFE and when I am through, I will read it again.” A better recommendation, I’ve never received.  I immediately checked Sarasota’s library catalog and it was indeed there, and in Large Print.  If you can read it in Large Print, do so, the better to indulge Mr. Conroy’s large, voluptuous vocabulary. I found a comfortable seat in the lounge with […]

Everybody has a Boss

My grandson told me that he has a required course he must take in order to graduate and a new professor has been appointed.  The previous professor is now the new supervisor. It is an independent study course where a subject is designated and the student will then study it and write an essay or thesis on it.  The catch is – the student must spend 135 hours in study of this subject and a […]