Monthly Archives: December 2015

Old friends, new books and how to screw up a perfectly good story

WHEN A FAVORITE author dies, it feels like losing an old friend. And in a way,  it is. Writers–good ones anyway–connect on a gut-level with readers, and that’s a magical bond that never really goes away, it just sits solidly … Continue reading

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Good books, bad dogs & a lesson I learned early

SOME STORIES STICK with you–as a reader, and as a writer. I’ve been reading as long as I can remember, and the books that stuck with me as an early reader (from six on)–Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller … Continue reading

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Some Magnolias Really Are Made of Steel

NOTHING SETS OFF my Apocalypse Alarm like the internet going down. Pile on some ice, snow and cut the electricity for three days and I’m fit to be tied. But then I finally simmered down some, I admired the peace of … Continue reading

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Surviving the Annual Family Feast of Dysfunction: Let the games begin…

SO, ONE OF my inlaws (my least favorite) was pitching a fit because “I’m not getting what I deserve!” Ignoring the angels of my better nature, I said, “I thank God every day none of get what we really deserve.” … Continue reading

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When all else fails, dress up the cat

RECENTLY, I REMINDED a couple of family members that the holidays are not a time to settle differences, it’s a time to settle *into* them. Whatever scrapping and squabbling’s gone on through the year, a rare family get-together is not the time … Continue reading

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A Holiday of Mixed Blessings: A MacKinnon Christmas

FOR SOME OF us, the holidays are fraught with mixed blessings, the heady mixture of love and loss. More on that tomorrow . . . So tonight I’ll leave you with this thought–when I write, I’m thinking of you. Whatever … Continue reading

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A MacKinnon Christmas: It’s safer to let the dog drive

ONE OF THE best things about writing is that you create the family you always wanted–take the best and kinda edit out the rest. I’m visiting the folks right now, and finally took one family member aside and said, “Ya … Continue reading

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