A Writing Rose

Santuary for Women

Using Numbers In Writing


Using numbers in writing can be confusing. Do we use the numeric form or do we spell the word out? Today, we find out.


How do you express numbers in your writing? When do you use figures (digits) and when do you write out the number in words (letters)? That is, when do you write 9 and when do you write nine? Click here to learn more.



The Anniversary Of My Child’s Death

Thirteen years ago, on this day, my life changed forever. My beautiful teenage daughter died unexpectedly. My world came crashing down in ways I never dreamed imaginable.

There is hope and help out there for families grieving the loss of a child, no matter the age of that child.


The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty.

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

Through a network of more than 650 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

The National Office and its staff also provide many levels of support to our chapters, as well as individual responses to those who call on the phone, contact us through our website, or send an e-mail that simply says, “My child has died. Help me!” We will be here as long as you need us. That is our commitment to you. Click here to read more.


For parents out there who have lost a precious child, I understand.


Decorating Blog


As most of you have guessed, I love all things home. Gardening, home business, naps, cooking, well not so much cooking. After decades of cooking, I’m burned out.

But I do enjoy decorating. Mostly I enjoy dreaming about decorating. My budget doesn’t allow for much more than free decorating.

Southern Hospitality is a great resource for the home decorator who needs to make a home nice but has limited funds.

I hope you enjoy a trip over there to see what is going on.


Idioms About Legs And Such


I love the website Daily Writing Tips. As usual the author over there has come up with another helpful article for writers. Remember writers come in all kinds from the student in school, to the office worker, to professional writers. We all need to keep up on our writing skills.


Here is a list of expressions that refer to one’s legs or feet or their parts, and the meaning of each idiom.

1. One’s Achilles’ heel is one’s weakness. 2. To be bound hand and foot is to be literally or figuratively tied up. Click here to read the rest of this very helpful list.


Ollas In The Garden


When I purchase my next house, I plan on homesteading every bit of dirt on the property. I hope to live simply and produce enough food to drastically cut my food budget.

Besides I enjoy digging in the dirt!

I hope to try this irrigating system in my new home.

Click here to read all about it.


Got Junk?


For several years now, I have been on a journey to simplify my life. I want to be a writer when I grow up.

However, that process has been stymied by junk. I started pitching several years ago. My garage was piled higher than I am tall. Not good. It took a while, but little by little, I got rid of things.

I have downsized my possessions from a four bedroom/two bath house to stuff that would fit in a studio apartment.


The kids are grown, I cannot empty the nest so I’m going to sell it. I don’t want to haul all of this stuff around for the rest of my life. Plus, I want to start over in a house just for me. I want to decorate it how I want it and not based on what my family needed during the child-rearing years.

So if you are overwhelmed by stuff, click on this link and read some of the posts published. The website features other folks’ journeys to less stuff.


Getting It Done


If you are a writer or someone who has a dream to accomplish a life-time goal, today’s featured post has some great tips on how to set aside time to get that goal finished. I hope you enjoy it.


So you want to write, but you have to hold down your dreaded day job, be super mom, or just get through your never-ending to-do list.  There are days you finally drag yourself to your computer and barely squeak out a paragraph or two at best. Or you get sidetracked with e-mails, phone calls, or a hundred other things. Believe me, I understand-been there, done that, and I’m still wearing the t-shirt to prove it.

I know you’ve heard this before-you need to make time to write-every day (or as often as your schedule allows).  Block out a time of day where you can work uninterrupted.  Get up early, lock yourself and your computer in the bathroom (I don’t suggest this option if you only have one bathroom), or find a local coffee shop where you can work. Click here to read the rest of this informative article.


Home Spun Living


One of my online pals got me hooked on Home Spun Living. I enjoy reading the writer’s blog posts. She is so creative.

Click here to learn more.


Helping Those With Mental Illness~One Woman’s Journey


I don’t know what I would do without NAMI. I appreciate the instruction I have received from that organization. It has helped me deal with my adult children who struggle with mental illnesses. Today’s featured link is the story of one woman’s journey. I hope you enjoy it.


In December 2011, I launched a global non-profit organization  called The Siwe  Project. It was named for Siwe Monsanto, the 15 year-old daughter of a good  friend. I’d known Siwe since she was 4 years old so I was aware of her ups and  downs. However, it still came as a shock when in June of 2011, she took her own  life. As a black woman, I understood the stigmas and shame that came with  mental illness. Click here to read the rest of this inspiring article.


Do You Need A Home Office?


If you are a writer, do you specifically need a home office? A place to call your own just for writing? Today’s featured link describes one writer’s journey dealing with this topic. I thought it was a fun read.


“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” –Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

I started writing to help put our kids through college. But it’s a good thing I hadn’t read the above quote by Virginia Woolf before I wrote my first ten novels. Click here to read the rest of this fun article.