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 To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. 

This is to have succeeded.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am so happy to be celebrating the success of a friend.  She has certainly succeeded by Emerson’s standards — and tomorrow my shimmy sister, Debra Parmley, releases her fourth book, Trapping the ButterflyThis one is set in the 1920s in one of my favorite weekend getaways: Hot Springs, Arkansas. I cannot wait to read it!

Last night she had a radio interview about the book, which you can listen to HERE.

You can watch the book trailer from her third novel, Aboard the Wishing Star, below:

And be sure to check out her blog!  She does a fun series of interviews called “Cover Model Corner” with those hunky men of romance novels.

Just in case you missed the other book trailer I posted (I love these things), you can find it HERE.

Yay Debra! You’re awesome. 🙂

I need a remedy for what is ailin’ me!


Wake me when the day breaks.  Show me how the sun shines.


Let your love light shine.

–Christopher & Rich Robinson


It’s been a bumpy ride the last couple of weeks.

But my remedy came in the sunshine and wind…

It was a good day for a roadtrip.

The more I scoot around Arkansas, the more I fall in love with the Natural State and all her secrets.

In Rosebud, a one-light town with a population of 429, there lives a medicine man who sells remedies…

It’s a magical place…

…and the medicine man is a busy fella.

And there was much to consider about the energy of the sea and the power that is harnessed at Greers Ferry Lake dam.

Mountain View is a place where you can find music around every bend.

At Mountain View Music, they’ll trade ya a banjo for a puppy.  It was a tempting offer….

Even The Devil gets in on the music action…sorta…

And now a visual interlude to show off a happy puppy….

….and a few other interesting sights around AR, like Redneck Pride….

….a glorious beard!

 …a zebra?

….and the setting sun’s silver reflection on the lake.

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