books

‘Dune Girl’s’ missing wedding scene

Readers who are already familiar with my beach read, Dune Girl, may have wondered why I left out the main characters' wedding. Particularly since the book opens with another wedding that never quite happens and ends at a point beyond a wedding which is mentioned only in allusions. Want to read the whole story? "Dune… Continue reading ‘Dune Girl’s’ missing wedding scene

family life, romance

I married a Boy Scout

Hey, JOY Journal friends! Bringing back some of my favorite romance-related posts from 2018 in honor of Valentine's Day. 🙂 “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin, American founding father One recent afternoon, I not-so-innocently remarked that our crock pot lid was not long for this world. My husband slowed, glanced… Continue reading I married a Boy Scout

romance, women

How to find a decent man

Hey, JOY Journal friends! Bringing back some of my favorite romance-related posts from 2018 in honor of Valentine's Day. "Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a boyfriend." Lucy Liu, American actress Where can you find a decent man? In aisle 2 of your local grocery store around… Continue reading How to find a decent man

family life

The cost of dreams

"Don't look at yourself in the same old way -- take another picture. Shoot the stars off in your own backyard -- don't look any further." Carly Simon, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of When I came down to the kitchen one recent morning, my husband had an unusual set up surrounding the dishwasher.… Continue reading The cost of dreams