I was driving home the other day and got off I-5 at Smokey Point. Often, panhandlers are there asking for money. Sure enough, I saw a young, bearded man with a sign. When I got close enough to see what it said, the bold letters read, “I made you smile.” Sure enough, he did. The glow of his broad smile stayed with me for a while.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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