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Green Powerhouse Salad with Lemon Peppercorn Dressing

We have had a lot of king cake and candy consumption in this house for the past few weeks. Celebrating Mardi Gras and then Valentine’s Day has given us our fair share of sweets. To offset so much sweetness I was craving something light and refreshing. Something simple but filling. Something like a salad. You see sometimes I just want a nice hearty salad. I know I may be the only one but I actually crave salads. Salads make me happy and this particular day […]

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Processing Power or ‘I love you to the moon and back’

Quick thought today. The first trip to the moon was run on a computer system that had approximately 64Kbyte of memory and operated at 0.043MHz, according to an article in computerweekly.com. Today’s toasters have more power. Or pocket calculators. Or USB memory sticks. My point? NASA did a whole lot with a little. They sent someone to the moon and back. Which got me thinking about processing power. I had a tough day yesterday. Some data entered my head and rocked my world. I spent […]

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I Love A Road Trip

It’s a regular thing. The third week in February I head to north Florida for The Deep Thinkers writers retreat. This year is our 6th one — put on by My Book Therapy — and our 4th one in Destin. I love the white sand beaches of the Florida gulf. Driving up I-75 to I-10 from central Florida is one of my favorite drives. I love the scenery, the farm land, the oaks and pines along the highway corridor. I can’t count how many times I’ve made […]

Feeling Loved and Supported (and a Little Anxious)

September 8 used to feel like a long time in the future. But not so much anymore. That’s the publication date of my new novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County. The book is squarely in the production phase. Right now I am reviewing what are called “first-pass pages.” This is the first time I’m seeing the book after it’s been typeset and formatted. In other words, it looks like an actual book, not manuscript pages. Each step is delightful. You might […]

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Fun and Games

The kids SCREAM. So does Mom.  They’re both jumping up and down. While Juniors may be from excitement, his Mom’s is more likely frustration. There it is again. Another school closure message scrolling across the tv screen. The children’s excitement reminds me of those delightful commercials where the parents surprise their offspring with a trip to Disney and they are beyond belief that this time has finally come! And Mom’s? Well, I’ve been on that side of life enough times, I feel her pain. Yep. Old Man […]

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Longfellow’s Poems Returned–130 Years Later

Carlotta Ratts was given a copy of Longfellow’s Poems for Christmas in 1885. A decade  or so ago I bought her book at a library sale mostly because it was pretty. I’ve always loved old books, especially old books with gorgeous covers and mysterious inscriptions. Who was Carlotta? How did her book come to be in Asheville, NC? Was anyone in her family still around and would they treasure the book as much as I did? I got curious enough to do a little research […]

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Show Up at the Starting Line

Can we talk about my radio talk show? (If you haven’t found the ATS LIVE show, you can find all the details and links you could need at allthingssouthern.com/connect and previous podcasts at shelliemedia.com) I’m having a lot of fun with the live show… now. Who wouldn’t have fun interviewing folks like Kori Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, anyway? These two lovelies just released “Duck Commander Devotions for Kids“. I highly recommend it! However, it must be said. The earlier shows were painful. I’m […]

A Little Love For the Shortest Month

I’ve been watching Youtube this week. Yep. I’m confessin’. I’ve been watching YouTube and… what’s more … I’ve been watching movie clips on YouTube. Want more? Okay. I’ve been watching love scenes. Can’t help myself. I’m a chick-flick kinda girl. So, let me share a few of them with you. Then, I want you to tell me which of these flicks turn the chick-flick in you on.   All right! Got any favorites?

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FANTASTIC Giveaway – Where Rivers Part

Hi Porch Pals, I’m writing this Tuesday evening, as I’ve just returned from a luxurious, relaxing, splurge-of-all-splurge-afternoons at the spa. I am feeling SUPER guilty, way too spoiled, and much to first-world-privileged to tackle the topic I was planning to write about… the devastatingly horrific beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. Instead, I’m going to encourage you to spend time in prayer today for those 21 men and for every single innocent person who has lost his/her life or freedom to radical terrorists who […]

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The Compost Jar of The Mind

I was sitting in a patch of sunlight warming the kitchen table—pumping milk, listening to classical music on Pandora, and reading an article about being a kind mama. Garbanzo beans were cooking on the stove that I was later going to turn into hummus. My toddler was playing quietly with natural objects—okay, a piece of wood and a toilet paper roll—while my infant strengthened her calf muscles by bouncing in her jumper. It was a perfect moment. I felt, for once, that I was able […]

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Love Lessons

Happy post-Valentine’s Monday, everyone! I hope the weekend found you enjoying the special holiday that celebrates romance, and sweethearts, and love. Last week, I posted this family photo on Facebook: That’s the #2 manchild on the left. He’s at the retirement home visiting his great-grandparents, Meemaw, who’s 99, and Grandaddy, who’s 98 (on the far right is their daughter, Nanny Wingate). On Facebook, so many friends commented on the lessons our son could learn from these two, the stories they could tell, the advice they […]