Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Beauty of a Moment

Snow falling in the quiet hour of the early morning.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Quote of the Year by O. Henry

Go Out and See Something of Life

Yes, I get dry spells. Sometimes I can't turn out a thing for three months. When one of those spells comes on I quit trying to work and go out and see something of life. You can't write a story that's got any life in it by sitting at a writing table and thinking. You've got to get out into the streets, into the crowds, talk with people, and feel the rush and throb of real life—that's the stimulant for a story writer.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Gem of a Theater Production: L' Hotel

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents 


Six great stars from years gone by, separated by decades, find themselves together in a strange and wondrous hotel. Sarah Bernhardt and Jim Morrison end up at the same breakfast table and hotel room. In a battle of wits, who will triumph Oscar Wilde or Victor Hugo as they present their case to one another and the audience. Does the Ouija board favor Isadora Duncan or Gioachino Rossini? How did they ever become a couple? Hope you will find joy and delight in this consummate play. Sublime acting in this premiere of Ed Dixon's comedy L'Hotel, is an absolute pleasure for celebrity-watchers.
L' Hotel is a recipient of an "Edgerton Foundation New American Plays" award and well worth your time and money. Make a night or afternoon of it and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Anticipating a Winter's Day

Waiting for the cold brisk wind, 
and clouds racing onward across the angry gray sky in anticipation of the storm.
With weather forecasting one can look forward even to a winter's day.
Why not just curl up on the couch with a good book, 
a cup of tea, 
and the family dog as a foot cozy.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Powder Dusting of Snow

With a powder dusting of snow, winter has arrived here in chilly western Pennsylvania. Walking the puppy at 4:30am this morning the temperature was 34* with a feather light snow. Donning a faux fur cap to keep the ears warm, I was sorry I did not put on a coat and appropriate shoes for the frosty grass quickly froze the toes, which spread up the torso, and I shuddered with the cold. It is the season of coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and boots. Welcome winter, the end of daylight savings, and change of the season.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Except From The Girl With The Red Umbrella

Waking so dizzy and in a cold sweat, I call Nan. I need to go to the emergency room again. 

“What is my problem!” I scream in  my head.

"Vertigo," the intern said. "A very bad case of it, I am afraid." 

Glad to hear it was not my heart. I get dressed and leave with prescriptions in hand to fill at the pharmacy on the way home.  I call off work for a week, doctor’s orders. I need rest. I need a break from all the craziness lately and stress.

Saturday, Carol calls and asks if I feel up to getting together for coffee at Starbucks. I have not had any coffee for a week.  Getting together at Starbucks sounds good. I love Café’ Mochas. I usually treat myself to one on Friday mornings on my way to work.

Unbeknownst to me a man will be tagging along on our coffee date. Dr. Dick Dingfielder, a psychiatrist, who wants to work for the FBI and is practicing a new technique to see if he can psychiatrically evaluate a patient or suspect without the person knowing they are being psychiatrically evaluated. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Oh Hallow's Eve Bright Light

Oh Hallow's Eve may The Light shine bright this New Year so that your eye's would see The Light of the World. May the impish creatures of the dark no longer be your delight, but the light of a brand new eternal life. Truly wishing all a Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cancer; no matter the type, robs us of those we love.
In remembrance, we bare ribbons of love.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Synopsis of The Girl With The Red Umbrella

There are those who know her story. Men who are powerful, who are well connected, and who have means. They know all the characters involved and some tidbits of information that may or may not be true, but she does not know half of what has been going on behind the scenes. The last ten years of her life have been a mystery, even to her. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lisa Scottoline A Bestselling Suspense Author

Did you ever read an article and discover an author you have not heard of before and you wonder why you have not heard of him or her before? What rock did I just crawl out from under? Apparently, a deep chasm, because Lisa Scottoline is hot! I read two books in three days. I stopped reading the four other books I was reading to read this author and I was not disappointed!

Reading Writer's Digest recently, I discovered Lisa Scottoline. Wow, can she paint with words. Bright, vivid, stark raving words that make you read faster and faster until, WHAM! Really, I did not see that coming. Just when you think you have it figured out, you do not!

Jessica Strawser describes her as "An Original Voice" in the October issue of Writer's Digest. Get it while you can the Writer’s Digest November/December issue is coming out shortly.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who Inspires You Creatively?

Recently, I was asked who inspired me to write. I had to think about it for a moment and then it dawned on me, it was all the teachers I had in school. From elementary school to college. 

I was so inspired by my college professor I wrote her a poem upon my graduation and set it on her typewriter just before walking across the podium.

“The words of a writer are as brushstrokes of a painter,
 each deliberate with a certain quality.”

Like all the wonderful teachers I had, she made me work. I worked so hard on an essay one time I thought for sure it would receive an A. I received a B+. I asked her why a B+ and not an A. “There is always room for improvement even in a fine piece of work.”  It was A material, but receiving the B+ made me work harder on the next piece. She was teaching me to appreciate the process that a well-written piece of work can be honed to be an even better piece of work. It takes courage and effort to rise above what is good, to better, and then exceptional.

I often think of her, my high school teachers, and the elementary teacher who inspired me to write poetry. I hear their encouraging words, they whisper, “Dig deeper.” “Keep going, do not give up, and keep writing.” “You have a gift for prose, use it.”

I hope I inspire others to be creative. Whether, writing, painting, weaving, or designing. I hope that today you might take time to reflect on a person or persons who bring you inspiration, courage, and clarity in moments of creative effort and write about it in a personal essay, diary, or letter.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eclectic Reader and Lover of Words

I love to read. I read a variety of genres. I would classify myself as an eclectic reader. I peruse bookshelves as chefs and cooks search grocery shelves looking for something special, that ah ha ingredient that surprises everyones palate including his or her own.

The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors by Henry Petroski is a treasure. Even if one is not into architectural design or craftsmanship, the language, the prose describing the house will delight its reader.

One thing I often appreciate as I read is the word choices made by the author. Henry Petroski uses words well to describe and enlighten his audience. Words like integration, fenestration, and palimpsest are but a few.  One gets the idea that the book can be challenging and interesting.

I am enjoying the book and finding it a lovely read on so many different levels. From an owners appreciation, a builders dream, and a writers prose The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors is sheer delight.

For more information, check out W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., independent publishers since 1923.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo/National Novel Writing Month

I am gearing up for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. This is my fourth year. I also attend the Camp NaNoWriMo session in July which is my favorite time of the year, it seems to be less pressure. Although pressure is good to keep one typing away on the story one is attempting to convey in a set period of time.

I have links to NaNoWriMo on the side of my page, below on the title of the emblem, and there are several groups on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. If you like to write it is a great challenge, lots of fun, and a way to get together with others in the process of a literary endeavor.

Hope you will consider joining in the adventure and find a friend or two along the way!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Finding Two Delightful Things

While reading a writer's column this evening I happened upon another older writer and did a little research on who he was. The writer's name is Italo Calvino 1923 - 1985. He was a prolific short story writer. Here is the link to I hope you find him as fascinating I did.

The second delight was a Pixar Short Film "La Luna" by Enrico Casarosa, 2011 which was inspired from Italo Calvino. Enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Foliage and Fort Ligonier Days 2014

I enjoy this time of year. Leaves turning color, pumpkin spice in everything from coffee to cakes, and temperatures where one can wear a comfortable sweater to keep warm and look fashionable.  With an arctic blast this past weekend, summer has officially ended. The leaves have been frosted so the colors ought to be awesome in the coming weeks.  Peak week for gorgeous fall foliage in Western Pennsylvania is the third week of October.

Fort Ligonier Days occur the second week in October. It is an annual event where artisans and crafters sell their wares and foodies get their fix on local international comfort foods.  There is a long and entertaining parade on Saturday morning that is a crowd pleaser. Marching bands come from everywhere, fire trucks, Shriners, clowns, and fancy cars, not to forget the bagpipes. The bagpipes are one of my favorites.

For more information link to Ligonier Pennsylvania.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

The Betrayers

Did you ever read a book and have to reread it again and again to get all the nitty gritty of what the writer is saying. Although this book is fiction, it gives one pause to think about the reality of today in the Middle East and in Crimea of the former Soviet Union.

Great fiction inspires and David Bezmozgis characters make us think and think hard about all the paradigms that shape lives.  How others make choices that change lives?  Why do we make the choices we make?

We need to think harder about the choices we make.  We live in societies now that shoot from the hip. Maybe if we took the time, real time, to sift through and process through the range of outcomes we might make society and the world as a whole a better place instead of fearing, being feared, violent, and constantly warring.

Do you want to know more about The Betrayers? Peruse through a review written by Ian Singleton at Fiction Writers Review.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Autumn Grapes on the Vine


Autumn Grapes on the Vine.

A harvest just in time.

Too late a pick.

Ruining the wine.

Thrown into the pit to burn.


Finest of the wine.

First fruits.

Gardener's choice.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jeremiah 1:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Clap along if you are HAPPY!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Look What God Has Done!

Number 23:23 (CVE)

No magic charms work against them ---
just look at what God had done for His people!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Quotable Georgia O'Keefe

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way
---things I had no words for. " 
Georgia O'Keefe

Happy Blogging Anniversary !

Happy 5th Year Anniversary!

Inking The Paper for 5 years

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thanking God

Romans 8:26-28 The Message Bible

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. I was released the same day as my surgery and happy to be home with mom.  I thank God! Amen! Amen! And amen!

Saturday, August 2, 2014



Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This cute little puppy's name is Tuff. He is a Lhasa Apso. He is 15 weeks old. We got him on Tuesday, June 10th. He had a difficult start in life, but with lots of love and hand feeding, he made it. 

We are in puppy training mode and Tuff is doing well. He is crate trained and housebroken. We are still working on the puppy love bites. They are getting fewer, but "OUCH!" they still hurt. He loves to be at one's feet. His favorite spot is by the front door on the slate tile. He is a smart dog and picks things up quickly.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet, Author, and Humanitarian Maya Angelou Dies at age 86

Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Maya Angelou was a grand dame and aesthetic pioneer. She died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement to the press early this morning. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.  "She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace," Johnson said.
I remember her poetry. I cried when she read "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration. Her confident performance made publishing history by making a poem a best-seller, a national favorite. For President George W. Bush, she read another poem, "Amazing Peace," at the 2005 Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the White House. Presidents honored her in return with a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. In 2013, she received an honorary National Book Award.
She mastered several languages and published not just poetry, but advice books, cookbooks and children's stories. She wrote music, plays and screenplays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in "Roots," and never lost her passion for dance, the art she considered closest to poetry.
Maya Angelou, thank you for sharing words, laughter, and life. You are missed already, but not forgotten, ever.

they rolled off her tongue,
like water off a ducks back.
delectable, dizzying, pulsating, rhythms of dance.
unique as each individual.
In remembrance of Maya Angelou. 

Flowers From The Garden

After a heavy night of rain and thunderstorms, I went out to get the paper this morning and to my delight, I spied yellow curly leaf lettuce flowers and purple chive blossoms.  I used a Mezzetta olive jar to make an interesting vase. I like to save jars and use them as vases. When you give flowers to family and friends they do not have to worry about giving the vase back they can recycle it. 

I presented the flowers to my mom, just as I did as a kid. She was delighted as well. 

Flowers from the garden are gifts from the heart.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

'Tis Spring My Dear

'Tis spring my dear, 
What do you say we get out of here, 
I think it is time for an al fresco lunch,
 We can sit on a park bench and munch.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Praying that the joy of Christ's resurrection permeate through your life like sunshine.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Novel Begins with a Pang

The process of writing a novel begins with a pang, a moment of recognition, and a situation, a character, or something you read in a paper, that seems to go off, like a solar flare inside your head. And you think, “I could write a novel about this.”


Friday, April 4, 2014

My dad, Fred Farr, 95, of Latrobe, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, peacefully at home.

Frederick Thomas Farr; A loving and faithful husband of Mildred Farr whom he met at Carborundum and was happily married to for 67 years.  Father of Rick Farr along with wife Kathy and dad of Peggy Jo Farr.  Grand pap to Kathy Ann along with Ed Kane and John Farr. Great grand pap to Thomas, Michael, Stephen, and Sarah Kane. Known lovingly too many as “Uncle Fred."  

A loving, kind, honest, and faithful man.  Fred was a member of Latrobe United Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and usher, where he enjoyed singing and listening to sermons by Pastor Alan Shannon and Pastor Don Graff. 

Respected and highly thought of by those who worked with him, he retired from Stupakoff, also known as Carborundum. He was also the treasurer of the Carborundum Credit Union for many years, which he helped establish.

Known for his sense of humor and wit. People; still today recall him telling jokes or coming up with a witty saying that would stick with you. He has passed this trait on to his grandchildren and great grandchildren along with the love of words and reading, making things and fixing things, and teaching others how to build or do things themselves.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines.  He often spoke of his time in the Philippines including the time he found one of his brothers who also were serving in the armed forces. All the Farr brothers served during World War II.

He was a member of the La Mount Lodge 568 in Derry, PA and a 32nd Degree Mason with the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Gourgas Lodge of Perfection in the Pittsburgh Consistory.

A longtime member of Saint Vincent Senior Citizen Center, BPO Elks Derry Township, and The Touchdown Club in Latrobe. He enjoyed playing cards, social get togethers, and gave to local organizations that helped others like the Westmoreland County Food bank.

We loved him very much. He remains a good man, highly thought of and deeply beloved by all who knew him.  We thank God for the opportunity to have had him in our lives. He is sorely misses already and will be forever esteemed in our hearts. 

In lieu of flowers, we the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA 15626.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Telling Signs of Spring Abound

I saw a gaggle of Red Robins in and about town yesterday. The Daffodils and Chives are poking up through the ground. ('Tis a wee bit early for them because old man winter is coming for a visit next Wednesday.) The Apple blossoms are threatening to pop and the Forsythia flowers are preparing to burst open. Do you notice the signs of change of the seasons? I do. I appreciate all seasons. Spring is my favorite though. The renewal of life.

Hope springs eternal!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

The Sun is shining this morning and I was reminded of a song. Enjoy the warmth!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pheasants...not under glass...but in the grass...under the birdfeeder.


You never know who will show up at the birdfeeder. Here are two Ring-necked Pheasants. Last year we had one hanging around for three months. These two have been here about a month and a half and by March, they will most likely move on towards their summer range.  It has been enjoyable to look for them and watch them feed. We will be sorry to see them go. Hope they come back next year with a couple of mates.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cut into quarters (divided)

Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 (15 oz) jar natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 oz milk chocolate chips, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Place butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl, melt completely. Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla and eggs. Whisk to combine well. Add remaining ingredients. Whisk until completely combined, but do not over mix.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle 10-15 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups cut into quarters over batter, press into batter with a spatula until they are covered. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Place in the freezer to cool, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile: Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar. Beat on low until combined, then switch to medium speed and eat until light and creamy. Add peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Beat mixture until well combined.
  5. Spread frosting over top of cooled brownie. Sprinkle remaining peanut butter cups over the top of the frosting.
  6. Drizzle melted chocolate over top of brownies. Serve and enjoy.
COOK'S NOTE:  These brownies freeze very well. Be sure to wrap well and defrost for 30 minutes before eating.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Quotable Dennis Lehane

"You should write because some stray scrap of your soul is trying to manifest itself verbally."
Dennis Lehane

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Must See TV Event: KLONDIKE on The Discovery Channel

<p>In "Klondike," Richard Madden from "Game of Thrones" goes prospecting.</p>


Discovery’s first scripted mini-series, announced last year, is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Her tale brings to life the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike.

Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Catch the action Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00pm - 11:00pm on the Discovery Channel.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Poetry Corner

Peggy Jo Farr

Poems Corner12:21 PM
A word or two
share with you
hope you appreciate it
love poetry too!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ariel Sharon, died Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ariel Sharon former prime minister of Israel died today, Saturday, January 11, 2014.  Sharon was one of Israel’s most iconic and controversial figures. As one of Israel’s most famous generals, he was known for bold tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders. As a politician, he became known as “The Bulldozer,” a man contemptuous of his critics while also capable of getting things done.

Our hearts go out to his family and the country of Israel. Shalom.

Read more: Former PM Ariel Sharon passes away at 85 | The Times of Israel

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