AUMTUMN IN THE MOUNTAINS

We took a drive on the Cherohala Skyway last week. We hoped to catch the colors at their peak. The trip on the Skyway is always interesting, but the colors didn’t quite match our expectations. A dry summer with record-breaking temperatures must have stymied the production of color. The areas that were in color seemedContinue reading “AUMTUMN IN THE MOUNTAINS”

A WRITING RETREAT

It began three weeks ago, this self-imposed writer’s retreat for one. It’s something I’ve dreamed about for years. Time alone, during which I would write and create astounding stories. Alas, when the time came for me to be alone in the mountains, other things crowded my plate. Editing jobs for others, marketing of my books, and organizingContinue reading “A WRITING RETREAT”

GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS

I’ve written several tons about my husband’s gardening abilities and prowess. But this year, we’ve had to readjust because of the major transition in our lives. We’re still one foot in Pittsburgh and heart and soul in the Smoky Mountains. He knew this year’s gardening would be non-existent, but still he refused to give up completely.Continue reading “GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS”

Roasting the Perfect Marshmallow – A Lesson for Life

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The smell of burning leaves and the taste of burned marshmallows forever mark the autumn season of my youth in Michigan. Once we’d piled all the leaves between the street and sidewalk, I forgot about the blisters on my hands from spending an entire Saturday raking the leaves into piles. TheContinue reading “Roasting the Perfect Marshmallow – A Lesson for Life”

Falling Leaves – A Yard Full of Gold

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Raking leaves into piles and then burning them was a tradition from my childhood. When I became an adult, I realized this was one tradition that needed to go. We don’t need to send more smoke up into the air. In many townships, municipalities, and regions of the United States, theContinue reading “Falling Leaves – A Yard Full of Gold”