Spring Fling @ Windemere Art Gallery


Now I wish I lived near you. Gorgeous painting.

Originally posted on As a Matter of Fancy:

Dark Hollows Falls Dark Hollows Falls

Saturday afternoon (March 28, 2015, 2-5 PM) the Lee Artists Association opens their Spring Fling art show at Windemere Art Gallery in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

I entered three paintings, including Dark Hollow Falls (image of painting at left).

Join us in celebrating beauty and Spring.

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Book Review: Clash of Eagles by Smale (3.5 stars)

Clash of Eagles

by Alan Smale

3.5 to 4 stars

Good but not great.

As other reviewer(s) have noted, this ends up being a one-man show almost exclusively – Marcellinus, the Praetor of the XXXIII Legion, marching west across the Appallacians towards the mighty Mississippi years before Horace Greeley penned the phrase “Go West, young man.”  The Romans, and their Norse scouts, encounter various Native Americans with startlingly advanced technology for a stone-age culture lacking even the wheel*.

Marcellinus is the only truly fleshed out character.  All others – Romans, Norsemen, Native Americans – are barely cardboard cutouts in comparison.  Some of the Cahokians, in the latter half of the book, get more interesting, but not by much.

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Happy Pi Day!

Pi Day 3.14.15Nothing fancy this year except the date and time stamp of this post.

Makes this year extra special.

Even my favorite baking supplier got in on the pseudo geek holiday with special shipping sale today only.

Tor.com also had a cute post and photo up a few days ago.

Happy Pi Day!

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Recipe Review: KAF Beautiful Burger Buns (4 Stars)

Since the temperature broke into the mid-60s yesterday under clear sunny skies, I decided to uncover the grill for dinner.  I started this recipe in the bread machine in early afternoon so the buns would be done when the burgers came off the grill.

Beautiful Burger Bun recipe at King Arthur Flour

I did not butter the buns before baking nor after baking.  Nor did I do an egg wash with sesame seeds.  I went completely easy and simple and just shaped eight bun balls and baked them.  Next time, I’ll probably divided the dough into ten or twelve pieces for smaller buns and perhaps add the sesame seed topping.

Both my husband and I loved the buns.  They taste and smell like great hamburger buns from a bakery, only very fresh!  I highly recommend this recipe.

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Backlogging Part One


An update on my daughter’s blog (three years and waiting) but I’m so proud of her. I can’t wait to here her perform again.

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Oh boy…..

Well, started this blog 3 years ago, posted 3 times, and became so busy with school and performing I forgot I even had a blog. Now that I am done with school, yay I have a Master Degree!, my life is less hectic. Let’s get too it and walk down memory lane.

The first year of my Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy:

UNT Opera auditions/season: Romeo et Juliette by Gounod and Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. I was most interested in auditioning for Stephano in Romeo and Juliette, so I learned his aria “Que fais-tu? blanche tourturelle” http://youtu.be/xmNj-HTI-Wg . The audition went pretty well. I was not cast as Stephano, those cast were much better fits. I was cast as Bradamante in a scene from Handel’s Alcina, and to this day that music has been some of the most challenging I have ever had…

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Deconstructing Strong Female Characters

Over at Tor.com, Ilana Meyer offers up some great insights into writing characters of the female variety.  Here’s some excerpts that resonated with me:

They should kick ass but have other talents; they shouldn’t necessarily kick ass because that’s been done to death; they should have agency; they should move the plot forward; they should be assertive but not obnoxious; they should hold positions of power; they shouldn’t be raped or die to give the hero incentive for his quest.

What I think is missing from some of these discussions is: writing a fully realized character of any gender requires one trait above all others, and that is empathy. When a female character goes off the rails, it is often because the author experienced a failure of imagination; while he could imagine all the emotions a man might feel in a similar situation—and Continue reading

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How Rottweilers Show Love – Confirmed

First, go read this article about Three Ways Rottweilers Say “I love you” at RottweilerLife.


Porthos (shown above using one of his toys as a pillow) leaned into both Terry and I from the first day we met over Thanksgiving weekend.  He still exhibits this behavior and we give him as much affection as he can stand.

early autumn rotts

Lexy purr-growled at us as soon as she figured out we were her new home.   She also loves to lick us.


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