Backstory in ‘The Dig’: Woman who helped changed history as we knew it

‘The Dig’ a Netflix film, is drawing much attention, and for good reason. The story is based on a novel fictionalizing true events and written by John Preston. The novel arose from an archaeological dig at a site known as Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, the United Kingdom. The story focuses on Basil Brown, a self-taught “excavator” and his key role in unearthing a remarkable discovery. There’s also an interesting backstory, though, related to the female archaeologist who pulled a trinket from the burial site and helped change history as we knew it. Continue reading “Backstory in ‘The Dig’: Woman who helped changed history as we knew it”

Mourning our ‘Porch’ friend who was cherished by many

Last night as my grandchildren ran wide open around the back yard, I was enjoying their play when I received very sad news. Fellow author and ‘Porch’ friend Kendall Bell from South Carolina had passed away. Continue reading “Mourning our ‘Porch’ friend who was cherished by many”

Written 81 years ago, book applies to today’s US politics

Do you like old books? I do. I like to read and re-read them, and one I’ve been reading lately probably wouldn’t stand a chance with publishers today. Continue reading “Written 81 years ago, book applies to today’s US politics”

Cherishing a cookbook with a backstory from a woman I barely knew

Years ago my mother gave me an old cookbook. “You like to cook a lot more than I do,” she said. I asked where she got it, and her response touched me deeply even though the woman who originally owned it was someone I barely knew. Continue reading “Cherishing a cookbook with a backstory from a woman I barely knew”

One poet’s favorite poems for children

I’ve been working on a book of children’s poems, adding new ones to verses I originally wrote for my girls years ago. At the same time I noticed a post by poet and translator A. M. Juster on social media. He asked us to share our favorite children’s poem.

For me that was hard because there are so many. I posted a quick response and then realized one of my top favorites is actually a book-long poem, but it’s a poem anyone of any age can enjoy. Continue reading “One poet’s favorite poems for children”