Within the ten stories of A Berkshire Tale, ZuZu is constantly amazed by the world around her. During her first year, the tiny tabby encounters many new people on her adventures with her buddy, Nick. Sometimes, she can be a bit overwhelmed and can’t seem to decide if it’s the worst day or the best … More Worst Day, Best Day Ever!
Having written A Berkshire Tale with a kitten, ZuZu, as the main character (ZuZu is my own little tabby I rescued from under a barn.), I’ve found whenever I write a post with a feline tag, cat lovers tune in. They are a loyal audience. So, today I’m writing just for them. Often, people who know … More The Other Cat
Today I was sitting waiting to have some X-rays done and the only other person in the room began a conversation with me. Come to find out, she worked with computers and was a blogger. I told her about Blogging 101 and my problem of publishing the first assignment on the Commons Page and she … More Blogging 101- On Screwing up the First Assignment
I’ve been stumbling along with this blogging stuff since February and I finally realized there had to be a better way. So, I signed up for a WordPress Course, Blogging 101. I read all of the directions, printing them out and highlighting yes-yesses and no-nos. I went to the Group’s Page and checked out fellow … More My Learning Curve Just Took a Dive
Reading with children is one of the best investments anyone can make. The returns are gratifying on so many levels; not the least of which is bonding. Every Saturday morning, I Skype with a friend, Shengdong and his daughter, Biyun Lin. They live in China. Sometimes, if it is a holiday, his wife Mary will … More Skyping With Milanda
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
During the past few weeks since my book was published, I’ve been visiting classrooms and reading sections of A Berkshire Tale to students. Let me share some of the things ‘I’ve learned so far: Don’t be afraid to ask elementary school students how old you are. It can be an uplifting experience because they tend to guess … More Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
To many of the “older generation”, technology is the new Greek. I’ve been trying to get a handle on this social media stuff for a while. It all started when I was heading up the Master Gardener Team for the Chet Clayton Rose Garden at the University of RI. Our Gardening With the Masters Weekend … More It’s All Spam To Me
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
“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