Unexpected Start to the Summer

Unexpected Start to the Summer

Most of you who read Starting from Scratch can tell I adore plant nurseries. With summer around the corner, I would enjoy spending time gathering plants to be potted for our patio, not contemplating purchasing a new tree.  I’m sitting in the living room admiring the...
Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

“The nursery was magnificent, but nothing prepared me for the charm and eloquence of the café, which stood behind the last greenhouse.” from Starting From Scratch I never grow weary of visiting Lancaster County, PA. Or of writing about it. Or studying...
Finding Community

Finding Community

A couple of women in our neighborhood have organized a potluck in a nearby park for next week. Each year, our city sets aside a specific date for communities to gather. Actually, the whole country holds a National Night Out to promote fellowship . I’m a very social...
Best Time to Write

Best Time to Write

Photos from Lancaster County embellish my stories People have asked me when my best and most productive time to write is. If I had my druthers it would be late morning or after dinner. However, I find I get my best writing done very early in the morning, before my...
Amish or Royalty?

Amish or Royalty?

What fun to wake up the morning of the British Royal Wedding to find my TIVO was taping it as I slept. I have friends who arose extra early to watch the pageantry and magnificence of the splendid occasion on TV. Although, many wanted nothing to do with it. I thought I...
Creating from Scratch

Creating from Scratch

While I eagerly await the release of my next novel, Starting from Scratch, I’ve pondered the title. As several of you mentioned on my last blog post, many things start from scratch other than cooking. Although a good home-made meal is hard to beat. Last year,...