Tag Archives: Loretta on Life

Sequel to Chicago’s Headmistress Excerpt

Having fun with my current WIP (work in progress). Chicago 1931. Talk about luck of the draw. Matthew Pagano had been lucky enough to have snagged the best ma any fella could want. The best pa too. Had being the … Continue reading

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Nice and Queasy

Looking for a fun, summertime read? One that will either amuse you or appall you? Or both? From my Collection of Givers and Takers … Sleazy paparazzo Lester Best is on the run from a New York loan shark when … Continue reading

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Revisiting “The Furniture Whisperer”

I’ve written before about my passion for vintage Ethan Allen furniture, mostly notably in a blog from March 2012. And then there’s my penchant for discovering the occasional bargain on Craigslist. Put them both together and if the planets are … Continue reading

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A Shout-out to Young Chefs

An okay cook would best describe my culinary skill level, one earned through no particular effort on my part, but rather a process of elimination, one born out of necessity eons ago—as in feeding five active offspring. Plus an equally … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Not-So-Secret Garden

Eons ago when we moved into our current residence, one section of the backyard had a brick fireplace surrounded by a large American elm, two dogwoods, and a redbud that set off a burst of spectacular blooms every spring. After … Continue reading

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Done! Done. Done.

Some years ago our family sold our comfortable condo at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks in order to acquire an actual house, a fixer upper located in a quiet cove off the lake’s main channel. By mutual agreement the family … Continue reading

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Repurposing with a Purpose

Yikes! Realizing I think like my mother once did is bad enough, but every now and then I take on the role of her mother, at least when it comes to Grandma D in the kitchen. For one thing Grandma’s … Continue reading

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