Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Where are You, Cleavers?

December 25:
While on an ordinary shopping day recently, I listened to the store's Christmas music lyrics. Cheerful, the expected songs. But I wondered if they weren't out of date. Where are you, Cleavers?

Throughout this season, the adult's and childrens' faces haven't been all aglow. They're very serious. Childrens' gifts can be very expensive. Travel is expensive. Groceries, etc.

Doctors tell us we need "good stress." So where is it?

I usually do a few things for people throughout the year. This year was no different--except when it came to the holidays. With many elements constantly in play in my own life, I hadn't done my usual around the holidays. Oh, wait. Maybe all those cookies and hot rolls and homemade jams are really gifts. Maybe those little thinking-of-you gifts, minor really, amount to Christmas cheer.

Today, I'm looking forward to a family day, a traditional dinner, excited children showing off presents, etc., a Hallmark moment as they say. We can't all be together, but we are in our hearts.

This year, I made jam throughout the summer; it cut into my writing time. Still. When given to others, those cute little jars are special and from me, a bit of time in my life, given to others.

If we try, we can take some of today's spirit with us throughout the year. The 1950's were long ago, and we've become so lost in abundance that we've forgotten. We can't go back, recapture the past, but we can shift priorities. We can take those special moments throughout the year. If we try.

Wishing you Peace and Blessings,

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Time

Christmas time is almost here and everyone is busy, busy. I've been traveling for the last few weeks, but home now and working on catching up. I hope you like our Christmas recipes, posted at my website.

As for news: This season always seems busier for business and news, other than the usual holiday stuff. We've just gotten a new title for Leona's book, the third in the trilogy, FOR HER EYES ONLY, and it is a 10/08 release. I am doing lots of promo for my psychic triplet trilogy. I'll be blogging at Fresh Fiction on Dec 14 and at Lori Foster's myspace/romanceauthors on Dec 18. So I hope you can come visit me there.

I made Christmas presents this year, well some of them and so far, everyone seems to like the idea :) I'll tell all later....