For the Love of Colonel Brandon

For the Love of Colonel Brandon

[Author’s note: I had no idea when I wrote and scheduled this blog post that Alan Rickman would pass away the day before it published. I chose the pictures of him weeks in advance because I love the humble and sensitive way he portrayed Col. Brandon. He did an outstanding job in the role.] I never… more goodness …

A Creative Journey

A Creative Journey

I could hardly wait for the start of 2016. You see, in early December, I decided to embark on a journey of discovery known as The Artist’s Way. I also decided that January was the ideal time to begin. The Artist’s Way is a twelve-week program designed to help individuals connect with their creative selves.… more goodness …

The Right Leg of a Man – plus a Giveway!

The Right Leg of a Man – plus a Giveway!

As many of you may know, I spent six years interviewing over five hundred men for an in depth look at what contemporary guys really think about women, dating, love, marriage and other relationship issues. During the exhausting interviewing process, I noticed an almost universal male trait —leg jiggling. It was so prevalent, occurring in… more goodness …

New Year’s Changes

I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions, although lately  I’ve kind of fallen out of the habit of making any. (Unless you count mine this year to vacuum my bedroom carpets. Which may sound like I’m setting the bar way too low, but I am in the constant and I do mean constant company… more goodness …

You Luddite! + Excerpt

You Luddite! + Excerpt

Most of us have never heard the word Luddite unless it’s been used as an insult to those who hate progress and technology. Paperback lovers may be derided as Luddites for their dislike of ereaders. The historical truth of the Luddites is much more complex. They fall somewhere between insurrectionists, homeland terrorists and early labor… more goodness …

Timeless Role Models

Elizabeth. Emma. Anne. Elinor. Marianne. Fanny. Catherine. Each one is an individual with a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. One thing that they have is common is that they are all characters created by Jane Austen. One other thing in common is that they are considered role models loved by millions of readers for… more goodness …

A Closer Look at “Mansfield Park” 2007

In North Carolina, the summer Jane Austen Program at UNC at Chapel Hill is featuring Mansfield Park. If you have not looked at this annual program, it might be a good way to learn more of what some consider their least favorite Austen novel.  Announcing the Fourth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program! “Mansfield Park & its… more goodness …