May 16, 2020

My friend Carmen posted on Facebook about stress and fighting it with gratitude during this crazy time. She listed the things that have made her feel better during quarantine, and asked her friends to put their list in the comments. That was a really nice starting poin...

April 25, 2020

Well, here we are. 

Before the lockdown, before the run on toilet paper and the masks and the talk of flattening curves, my husband was preparing. 

He kind of turned into one of those doomsday preppers buying tons of paper goods and laundry supplies and non-perishable fo...

February 13, 2020

That headline might feel a bit hyperbolic to you. So let's back up a space. 

We moved into this house in 2014. For six years I have lived with the supreme inconvenience of not having a back door. 

I mean, this is a big dot deal. Frankly, I'm surprised it's not a bigger i...

February 8, 2020

I'm not sure why I like the show The Ranch. I just do. 

We all have things like that in our life, don't we? Things that have no redeeming qualities to check off in your personal LIKES category, and yet...

Well, wait. There is Sam Elliott. Sam Elliott is always going to c...

January 31, 2020

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins as a parlor game popularized (although not created) by Marcel Proust. The French essayist and novelist believed that a person reveals their true nature in their answers. 

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Never having to...

January 26, 2020

Last fall I had my 35th high school reunion.

I can't remember if I wrote about it here? My co-chair and I dressed up as Tina Turner and Madonna. (We were the Class of 1984). It was an amazing weekend. The last reunion we had was the 20th, so 2004. 

This weekend the reuni...

January 12, 2020

I don't even know how to start this post except just to go ahead and drop it on you: One day this week I listened to Debbie Boone's album You Light Up My Life on the way to work. 

This is one of the oldest albums I remember listening to. We had the eight-track tape...

December 26, 2019

Scene: Sound & Fury bookstore, before dawn. Menetre is making cinnamon rolls. Harper sits on a stool observing, drinking coffee. 

MENETRE: So it's important that you let the dough be sticky. Don't be tempted to add too much flour. 

HARPER (yawning): Sticky, okay. Got it....

December 20, 2019

Scene: Will's law office. Amy Ray is at the reception desk. Enter Harper. 

HARPER: Hey, Amy Ray. Is Will in? 

AMY RAY: Yes ma'am. He's expecting you - go right in. 

Harper goes through the door to the inner office, where Will sits behind a desk. 

WILL: Good morning, Sissy....

December 17, 2019

Scene: The book store. Harper is putting new books on display around a table Christmas tree. Menetre is baking behind the coffee shop counter. Christmas carols play overhead.  

HARPER: So, Mama, help me understand what it is you plan to do in your "retirement." 


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I grew up in Mississippi, lived in Memphis for 25 years, then moved to New Orleans in 2012 when my husband and I became emptynesters.

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