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Let’s vote: Does Sweetums need a new love handle?

My oversized husband is accustomed to people shouting at him on a regular basis: “Hey, you’re Sweetums!” He smiles and nods and then, I’m guessing, goes around the corner and hits his head against a wall. Kidding! He loves the name “Sweetums” … as far as I know. It has been the name I use… Continue reading Let’s vote: Does Sweetums need a new love handle?

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Making a living as a writer isn’t easy but it’s filled with blessings

Since 1987, I have made my living as a writer. Sometimes I stop what I’m doing in the middle of the day and think about how truly blessed I am, despite struggles along the way. I have loved recording people’s stories, whether they survived a tornado or overcame illness, or lent their time to a… Continue reading Making a living as a writer isn’t easy but it’s filled with blessings

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Angel over Mayfield, Ky., symbolizes hope after tornadoes

Sweetums and I drove to Paducah, Ky., last weekend on a trip for his work. We initially planned to take the route through the small town of Mayfield. For one reason, we’d found online reviews saying it was a picturesque small town, but the main reason was to visit the Wooldridge Monuments. The unusual cemetery… Continue reading Angel over Mayfield, Ky., symbolizes hope after tornadoes

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The evolution of skull-and-crossbone gravestones

Charleston has numerous historic cemeteries and graveyards (meaning in a churchyard) to visit. Most are open to the public and some companies include them in tours. The oldest and one of the most fascinating is the graveyard of the Circular Church. According to its website, it is “likely the oldest English burial ground still in… Continue reading The evolution of skull-and-crossbone gravestones