As I mentioned in my last post, Charley and I spend time on Cape Cod with our friends, Jack and Jean. We’ve discovered a favorite place to visit in Sandwich called the Heritage Museums and Gardens. Every year, throughout the extensive botanical gardens, artist’s works are featured, interspersed among the many trees, flowering bushes, … More Adventures with Friends – The Heritage Museums & Gardens
Last Sunday I had an interesting conversations with a five year-old. We were talking about travels along our bike path, which starts at the West Kingston Train Station and meanders through wooded areas and the Great Swamp into the coastal town of Narragansett. She was telling me about a section of the path inhabited by … More Fairies, Gnomes, Trolls & Imagination
In early June, Charley and I traveled to Stockbridge to continue marketing A Berkshire Tale. Nestled in a white, wicker, rocking chair on the front porch of the Red Lion Inn was ZuZu’s friend, Simon. I stopped for a moment to give my regards. He blinked an eye to show that he appreciated the head rub … More Simon, The Dalai Lama of Cats
For me, when I write, the setting always comes first. I need a sense of place in which to feel comfortable. In A Berkshire Tale, I create the farm, with its barn and pastures, farmhouse and large front porch. It’s an idyllic place; old-fashioned and charming. Here stories evolve and places are visited from the … More A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
As I mentioned in an earlier post, A Berkshire Tale started out as a single children’s book. My husband Charley and I enjoyed many memorable afternoons and evenings on the lawn at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One evening, listening to the lovely violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter play Mozart, we became enthralled. I decided … More Creating A Berkshire Tale – It’s All ‘Bout da Place
“ZuZu was born in a barn.” And so, A Berkshire Tale begins. A precocious, tabby kitten lives her days in the same place that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote his Tanglewood Tales. But these ten stories are the tales of her first year in the Berkshire Hills of New England. When a family arrives at the farm, ZuZu … More Who Is This ZuZu and Where Is Her Barn?
My husband Charley and I traveled from our home in Southern Rhode Island to the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont in early April. For almost four hours I sang along to tunes from the sixties on Fx Radio. I was totally amazed. I knew the lyrics to every single song! At some point in our … More Musings As I Begin This Blog