The Joys of Home Ownership, (or How I Discovered I’m Not Joe Handyman), Pt. 1

Follow me on…There’s nothing like owning your own home. That’s what everybody told me, at least. And I have to admit, when Laurel and I bought our first little house on Pecan St., I thought it was perfect. Older, 1950s-era pier-and-beam. Hardwood floors. Quiet little neighborhood. Pecan tree in the back yard. Burgundy shutters. I suppose you […]

Is It Possible to Stop Grieving Too Soon?

Follow me on…Most of us have encountered people who we thought were stuck in grief, who needed to “get over it.” [Read my thoughts on that HERE.] But what about people we think haven’t grieved enough? Do you know someone who went through a tragic loss, but who seemed to handle it too well? There have been […]

The Impostor (Fiction Improvisation)

Follow me on…Fiction Improvisation by James Pence Title: The Impostor Keywords: Anthony, Kelly, governor, arthritic, pander, salubrious, begonia, ancestry, Situation: Man mistakenly wins a Newbery award. NOTE: This improvisation was fun. I did make some changes to the situation, however. Instead of the man winning a Newbery Medal, I created a fictional award. Don’t want […]

How Long Should Grief Last?

Follow me on…Have you ever thought or said this about a friend or relative who is “taking too long,” to grieve a loss: “It’s been a long time and she’s still grieving. Shouldn’t she be over it by now?” Anyone who has experienced a traumatic loss will tell you that there is no set time […]

12 Things You Might Not Know about Friendly Revenge

Follow me on…My YA novel, Friendly Revenge, launches this week, so here are 12 things you might not know about Friendly Revenge. 1. Written in 1996, Friendly Revenge is my first novel, preceding the first draft of Unseen (Blind Sight) by three years. 2. Friendly Revenge is a spin-off from the first piece I ever […]

Reflections on Turning 60

Follow me on…My 60th birthday came and went last Saturday, amid little fanfare. Well, actually there was quite a bit of fanfare because my high school class (’73, Washington High School), held a group 60th birthday party. Coincidentally, they held it on my birthday. We all gathered on the Gateway Clipper riverboat in Pittsburgh, to […]