Nature’s Valentines

Hearts are universal symbols of Valentine’s Day.  Mother Nature has surrounded us with hearts, but sometimes we are too busy to notice.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at heart shapes found in nature.  Anthuriums Both the leaves and the flowers of this anthurium plant are heart shaped.  These exotic looking flowers are available […]

Nature’s Valentines

Be My Valentine

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that herbal tea is losing its appeal. But I haven’t found an un-caffeinated substitute yet. Things remain pretty quiet here. Maybe quiet is good. We have to start thinking about when we will feel safe to take off our masks. Next week the State of California […]

Be My Valentine

How to Valentine.

What I had planned was something very different. But then Leonardo, or Lance, or Landon or whatever silly name The Weather Channel decided to give the deadly winter ice storm, moved through, and we didn’t have power for four days, and it felt like so much more than a four day interruption that I still […]

How to Valentine.

CarolCooks2…Valentines recipe… Lemon Chicken with Capers…

Are you still quarantined or don’t want to risk eating out? This beautiful one-pan chicken dish is easy to make and a firm favourite with my family…it is truly tried and tested…Dinner for two then just halve the recipe… This chicken dish is one we make often and it is quick and easy […]

CarolCooks2…Valentines recipe… Lemon Chicken with Capers…

5 Intentional Gifts To Give Your Valentine

Tis the season for love & affection. And what better way to show that love & affection with a gift from the heart. Gift giving, during any time of year can be stressful & lots of expectations can be placed on ourselves by society to gift in a certain way. But you don’t need to […]

5 Intentional Gifts To Give Your Valentine

Sweet Valentine

Madeline stood across the street for a moment thinking about what she was about to do.  She had always considered herself an intelligent woman; she had a good career and a lovely new home.  She believed that she was mildly attractive.  And yet, she was lonely.  Her divorce had come through a few weeks ago, […]

Sweet Valentine

Valentine Cut Out Sugar Cookies

This is the Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe I have used for decades. These cookies always taste great, hold the cut out shape and are delicious to eat frosted or unfrosted. I made these Valentine cookies using royal frosting with the help from my granddaughter. To see my step by step directions with pictures and […]

Valentine Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Passionate Valentine Vignettes

Lavender and rosemary crumbled and scattered by artistic fingers that turn pages and hold the scent. His moist lips hold the flavor of the back of her neck. Words spoken by his smoky voice sink her deeper, and leave her spellbound to him. Outside, a thousand golden sunsets blur by. Shooting stars fall from the […]

Passionate Valentine Vignettes

Black History Month Post – General Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman

Black History Month is recognized in several countries. In the United States, February is Black History Month also known as African-American History Month (AAHM). President Ford formally recognized Black History Month in 1976. AAHM is the successor to National Negro History Week, which dates back to 1926. The idea is to highlight the too-often overlooked […]

Black History Month Post – General Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman

Beware Misguided Writing Advice

Author Anne R. Allen published yesterday a great post titled, 10 Dangerous Critiques: Beware Misguided Writing Advice. In it, she explains how trying to please everybody who beta-reads or critiques your WIP can turn a novel into a kind of jackalope of unrelated parts. Sources of the Most Dangerous Critiques 1. The Realism Brigade These […]

Beware Misguided Writing Advice

Shades Of Her – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Meeting the Bar with an invitation to write a sonnet (14 lines 10 syllables) with a choice of rhyming traditions, while also starting and finishing each line with the same word. The theme is shadow in honour of the Shadow Sonnet as originated by Amera M. Andersen. For more Information […]

Shades Of Her – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon