Word pictures of heart and soul… especially Southern soul.


A very kind person recently left a comment on my author’s page that started me thinking about word pictures.

Although painting pictures with words is what writing books is all about, one doesn’t have to be an author to be creative with words. Since spoken or written words are as near as a tongue or a fingertip, we are all word artist in our own rite. Kind gentle words paint pleasant pictures. Harsh words paint hurtful pictures. Everyone knows so very well how, whether thoughtful or critical, a word affects ones heart and soul.   Continue reading


Make New Friends, But Keep The Old


When everything’s said and done, how many good friends remain over a lifetime?

Last week, my friend Tonya and her friend Teresa came from Alabama to spend a few days in our little town. Apalachicola, Florida, lies on the banks of the Apalachicola River where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It is, among other things, an artsy-fartsy town blessed with writers and artists of various sorts. Karen White’s “Flight Patterns” is set in Apalach. Tonya is a fan of Karen’s and wanted to see places that are part of her story.

Here’s a selfie taken with the pier at Lafayette Park in the background. We didn’t walk all the way to the end because some folks were fishing, and we didn’t want to disturb them. And it’s a long way down there.


It is the off-season here. The summer vacationers have gone home to get their kids in school, and the snowbirds aren’t expected until December. They usually stay until April when things begin to warm up. Tonya and Teresa pretty much had the Coombs House to themselves. They loved staying in the old house that has been beautifully restored. Continue reading