One breath at a time


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Monday we enrolled my precious mother-in-law in Hospice. She's had cancer for a couple of years and until recently had managed well and relatively pain-free. We knew she was deteriorating because she'd been eating less and less, and lately only pureed or baby food. But if she could have quality of life (no pain) we could deal with the inevitable. However, in the past couple of weeks the pain began. Then it got worse. She's visibly declined in the past week. On Sunday, while we were visiting, she asked, "Do you think it's time to call Hospice?" Her husband died last year and Hospice was involved for the last five months of his life. They were a God-send.  Some people don't understand the concept. They say it means we're "giving…
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Paradise Found


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We returned yesterday from a week in Hawaii. The whole family went: Hubby, his mom, his brother and sister and their spouses. We rented an enormous house with a kick-ass view. Our five-month-old grandson lives there—his dad is a Marine—and we got to spend some quality time with their sweet family. Here are a few pictures of our week in paradise. [caption id="attachment_6894" align="alignleft" width="300"] The view from our rental house[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_6899" align="alignleft" width="300"] North Shore Oahu[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_6902" align="alignright" width="225"] My stepson, The Marine, and family[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_6901" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Departure Day[/caption]     I'm all jet-lagged and missing the magical ambiance of the islands, so this is it for today's post. Have a good week. ~ Kay  
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Character Chat: Nan


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Guest blogger is Nan Macomb, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   I probably shouldn't be posting today. I went to a hair styling conference Monday and even though it's been days, my feathers are still ruffled. For those of you just joining the party, I'm a hair stylist. I have a cozy one-chair salon in the back of my home where I take great pride in seeing one client at a time. I've built a clientele where I take referrals only; I have a waiting list, and I only work Wednesday through Friday. Not a bad way to make a living! Monday I attended a seminar at a new beauty school. I only went because the owner is a friend and she went to great pains to bring in this…
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Copyrights: A Basic Lesson


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Remember I told you the Killer Nashville Conference had different Tracks for writing, getting published, forensics, and building a career? Milt Toby, an author and attorney from Georgetown, Kentucky, did a couple of outstanding sessions which I attended. One was on copyrights, the other contracts. They were so useful, I felt compelled to share my newfound knowledge on my blog. Today's post is about copyrights. You'll have to wait on contracts. :-) Maybe I'm not too bright, but I've never really known the difference between a copyright and a trademark.  Judging from the session's participants, I wasn't alone. According to Dictionary. Com: A trademark is any name, symbol, figure, letter, word or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and…
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Character Chat – Emma


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Guest blogger is Emma Morgan, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hello everyone, It's hard to believe it's after Labor Day. The girls are back in school and I've settled into my routine of morning carpool and afternoon extracurricular activities. This year the girls are taking dance and gymnastics (same days, same place thank goodness) so I have enough time for a hot yoga class at a studio around the corner with ten minutes to spare. Hot yoga. Have you tried it? Nan and I have been yoga enthusiasts for years and Loralee has joined us when she couldn't come up with a good excuse not to. But she always complained through the whole class and came close to getting all of us kicked out on more than one occasion.…
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Did you know?


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At the recent Killer Nashville conference I learned lots of cool things. With sessions like Real Criminal Minds: An Overview of Forensic Psychology; Stories from the street: True Tales from the Officers and Private Detectives Who Lived them; and Household Items That Can Be Used To Kill, how could one not learn a thing or two? Do you, for example, know the difference between a rescue dog and a cadaver dog? A rescue dog searches to see if anyone is left and can actually become depressed if they don't find anyone alive. In disasters where there were thought to be no survivors, rescue personnel have been known to lie in the rubble to be "found" in an effort to preserve the dog's psychological well-being. Cadaver dogs work off of a scent and…
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