July 4th Amish Giveaway

July 4th Amish Giveaway

I can’t think of anything more American than July 4th, following on the heels of Canada Day, July 1. I have the feeling many of us forget what Independence Day is all about. I think of red, white, and blue flags. Not to mention “The Star Spangle Banner” and “I’m...
Giveaway Winner and Signs of Summer

Giveaway Winner and Signs of Summer

Please help me congratulate Sarah Taylor, winner of this Amish-made darling and practical purse from Lancaster County, plus a signed book. Either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County; or one of three books from The Legacy of Lancaster County...
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...
Giveaway Winner and Almost Secret Gardens

Giveaway Winner and Almost Secret Gardens

Please help me congratulate Nancy Griggs, winner of the gorgeous Amish-made apron and a copy of one of my signed books—either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy—Leaving Lancaster, its...
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

One thing I know about all of us is that we at one time had a mother, even if we never met her. Just thinking about mothers makes me want to write about them. In my Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy, Holly’s mother was a significant character. In A Letter from...
Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I simply refuse to have it. For me, writing is so much fun, especially when it comes to women’s fiction. However, I’ve been dragging my feet composing this blog post, which technically should be about springtime and...