Dressing, aka Stuffing, aka Filling is Both Personal and Emotional

  Dressing is Emotional It’s emotional because it embodies place, race, memories, holidays, hearth and home. Whatchacallit Matters It seems the term stuffing didn’t fit the decorum of the Victorian upper class, so they renamed it dressing. Today, it depends...
Ants Harvest Jewels, Inspire, and Cause Literary Havoc

Ants Harvest Jewels, Inspire, and Cause Literary Havoc

ANTS! Love ’em or hate ’em, they are a fact of life. Sometimes, they are hailed as heroes; sometimes, they are kind of evil. Ants gather ancient relics and jewels from the earth Listen, if you grew up on a ranch in the mountains of Arizona as I did with no...
CRAZY CAKE! The Craziest Chocolate Cake Ever

CRAZY CAKE! The Craziest Chocolate Cake Ever

  Crazy Chocolate Cake! No eggs, no milk, and a bit of vinegar. Hand mix. You won’t believe the texture. If you follow the instructions and don’t let this cake overbake*, you’re going to throw away all your 15-Steps to the Perfect Chocolate Cake recipes. This one...
America’s First Professional Athletes

America’s First Professional Athletes

Why Did Most of America’s First Professional Athletes Disappear From Sight? Does it matter? Yes, actually, it does. Why? It matters because . . . in the first Kentucky Derby of 1875, 13 of the 15 jockeys were black men, many of whom were born slaves. It matters...
New Orleans’ Colorful Nicknames

New Orleans’ Colorful Nicknames

Imagine being excited about calling your city a fruit. That’s exactly how several million people in New York City feel when they reference their city as The Big Apple. How that nickname came to be has multiple stories associated with it, but my favorite one is...
Berries, Britches, and Chiggers… Oh Yeah!

Berries, Britches, and Chiggers… Oh Yeah!

My Aunt Dobbie held certain religious views and didn’t, no ma’am, allow any of us girls to wear “blue jeans,” shorts, or sleeveless blouses. Not her four daughters. Not any niece who came to visit or stay for the summer. *that would be me* Back home in Arizona, I...
TJ and the Tomatoes

TJ and the Tomatoes

It’s Spring! Time to think about . . . Tomatoes! How we love them. How we need them. Need them? Sure. I’ll prove it. Forget all the antioxidant lycopene, the vitamins C and K, the potassium and folate packed inside these little guys and just try to imagine a...
Upon Learning the Splendid Craft of Writing

Upon Learning the Splendid Craft of Writing

Beginning writers face many obstacles. Recently, someone asked for advice in a writing group online. She wanted to write novels but said everything stays a draft because she feels too insecure to continue and doesn’t really know what she’s doing. Further, each time...

Painting Museum-Quality Art with Words by Jodi Lea Stewart

  Why is the journey through a historical novel so different from regular reading? Because for that brief time, YOU ARE THERE! In the 1950s and 1960s, CBS featured Walter Cronkite narrating a history series that teachers especially fell in love with. Dramatic...

Bah or Ahh for Christmas? by Jodi Lea Stewart

I pondered about writing a Christmas blog with meaning. It’s well known that the holidays are unbearable for some and joyous for others. The same can be said for any day or event of the year, yet it seems to exacerbate during the Christmas season. Truthfully, it has...