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Uprooted in the Storm

Hurricane Matthew uprooted our family recently. When the governor of South Carolina told us to evacuate, I was not surprised. Having lived in South Carolina now for a total of 16 years, I was no stranger to a hurricane evacuation. Thankfully, I missed Hugo in 1989. That was the last catastrophic storm before my time here. I experienced the joy […]

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DJ’s Lowcountry Boil

The first rule of making a Lowcountry Boil is to relax and enjoy.  You really can’t mess this recipe up and it’s one of those group activities best enjoyed with friends and family.  I first came across this dish when I was living in Walterboro, South Carolina but I wasn’t brave enough to cook it myself until I moved to […]

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DJ’s Pinwheels

These little pinwheel sandwiches are a hit at our house.  Bekah says there is “some kind of sorcery” that I use to make the vegetables edible but I’m pretty sure that anything would taste good with bacon and cream cheese. She is not a fan of vegetables so I love that she will eat these.   I hope you enjoy them […]

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My Low Vision Journey

An Unidentified Eye Condition Caused by Genetic Mutation Scientists do not yet fully understand the eye condition that I have, but it is currently under research.  When I find out more about it, I will let you know. Meanwhile, I would love to share with you my journey with low vision. Maybe you know someone who has low vision or […]

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This is How We Homeschool

Our homeschooling adventure continues as we are getting ready for the next school year already. This will be Bekah’s third year homeschooling and we are using primarily the A Beka curriculum. This is the same curriculum that I used for my boys when I homeschooled them and the same curriculum that I used to teach all four of my children […]

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Happy 4th of July!

I don’t really have a specific topic to blog about today but I just missed you.  This blog post is going to be about writing, my retinal detachment, social media and family.  I don’t know if I can get any more eclectic than that! I guess this is what happens when you are introspective but easily distracted.  Look, squirrel!  🙂 […]

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DJ’s Mississippi Mud Pie

My son, Sam, requested a Mississippi Mud Pie for dessert today.  I hadn’t ever made one before so I searched for a recipe and found a lot of variations from incredibly hard to super simple.   I decided to pick my favorite parts of each recipe to make my own “fairly easy” recipe.  The family says it’s a keeper! Ingredients: 2 […]

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Tour of the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in Charleston, SC

We recently took a tour of a historic building in downtown Charleston.  It is almost two and a half centuries old and considered to be one of the three most historically significant colonial buildings in the United States. I took photographs while we were there and then narrated the parts of the tour that stood out to me.  Don’t forget […]

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Would You Like to be a Published Author?

When I first started my writing career in spring 2014, I also created my own publishing company.  I did this at the suggestion of veteran authors who insisted that it was good to have my own imprint when self-publishing, to act as a brand name.  I was really excited about it, but then I started getting inundated by people who […]

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Bekah’s Art

My daughter, Bekah, is an artist. I have invited her to contribute on my WordPress blog but WordPress is taking forever to approve her account so meanwhile, here is the first of many of her drawings. Her favorite thing to do is drawing her own original characters. In this picture you can see Babble who is a fawn ghost from […]

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Owls in the Attic – On Sale Now

Owls in the Attic is available on Amazon today! This is the second book in the “Secret Animal Agent Series.” If you enjoyed Penguins in the Basement, you’ll love Owls in the Attic. This book was so much fun to write. It took me about two months from start to finish, from brainstorming to publication, and I couldn’t have done […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 20)

The sun was just rising above the palm trees and a gentle breeze moved the tablecloth as Margie lifted her sweet coffee to take a sip.  “I missed this,” Margie said. “What?” Lloyd asked. “They didn’t have any pumpkin spice lattes in Rome?” “No, silly. Well, yes, but that’s not what I meant. I missed you. I missed having coffee […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 19)

Sunlight streamed through the hotel window and Margie lay there, enjoying the early morning quiet.  She could just barely see the top of St. Peter’s Basilica from her viewpoint, on the fluffy pillows which propped up her head.  Her thoughts wandered back to the evening before.  Taking the evening tour of the Vatican museums worked out well since most of […]

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The Toe Nibblers

The Toe Nibblers by DJ Miller I’m trying to focus, And write something picturesque, But I just felt a nibble, Under my desk. I pull up my toes, And press them in unity, Trying to create, A safe toe community. I pull closer still, But under me stirs, The horror oh horror, The toe nibblers. Then nip! goes again, On […]

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Rearview Mirror

  Rearview Mirror at the University of South Carolina By DJ Miller Cross the narrow bridge over the Congaree and don’t forget to hold your breath, Bull Street, Assembly, how do you say Gervais, and which street was your dorm on again? Loaded down with boxes, water bottles, new bed covers, toilet paper and laptop computer, Where am I supposed […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 18)

The sound of snoring next door left no doubt in Margie’s mind where Brandy was all night long. It was a fitful night in the hotel room due to the heat and noise, but Margie finally fell asleep. She was awakened to Brandy’s shrill voice singing in the shower.  “Oh my,” Margie said, “this is going to be a long […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 17)

Margie settled down low into a back seat on the plane at Charleston International Airport. It was a joint civilian and military airport so she noticed a few sailors in their Cracker Jack dress blues walking around outside on the tarmac. They looked younger than her own children. She wondered for a moment if she was too old for this […]

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Dear World

  Dear World by DJ Miller   I know that you think you are the only victim, but it is not true. You hurt me as much as I hurt you, maybe even more. You were selfish, angry, and bitter, and I learned from you. You judged me and you kicked me while I was down. You left me alone […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 16)

“Do you have any bright ideas today?” Margie asked Lloyd as soon as they had both settled into a chair on their front porch with their morning coffee. “Well,” Lloyd began slowly, “now that we know that Richard, Anna and Brandy are all up to something, I guess the next logical step is to try to figure out what it […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 14)

“What a gorgeous morning,” Margie said as she admired the pink-tinged sunrise from her front porch. “Cheers,” Lloyd said, clinking his coffee cup to hers. “I think I’ll swing by and pick up Corey and introduce him to my fishing buddies today.” “If you’re going fishing, that will leave me unsupervised,” Margie said playfully. “I guess I will see if […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 13)

Lloyd and Margie were still cradling their hot coffee as they headed off the island, before the sun had time to rise above the graceful palm trees. They didn’t want to waste any time getting to the police headquarters in Charleston so they could talk to Captain Ralph. The miles disappeared quickly beneath their wheels as Lloyd tested the speed […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 12)

The atmosphere in the office was filled with anticipation as they waited for the men in the dark suits to speak. The soft hum of the window air conditioner was only slightly louder than the hushed sound of people talking outside the office door. Lloyd couldn’t wait any longer. “Well? What is it?” Both of the men removed their sunglasses […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 11)

Margie and Lloyd stood near the coffee machine debating their next move. Margie dumped the rest of the bitter coffee into the sink and said, “Well, I’m going to go pay a visit to Bettina’s niece, Dawn. Now that we know that she was poisoned like Seth, that makes Dawn much less of a suspect but still a lead that […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 10)

The Seagrass Island Police Station was buzzing with much more morning activity than usual. Lloyd and Margie had been there since eight waiting for Bess and Ariana. They had already finished two cups of coffee and found out more than they really needed to know about Sergeant Martinson’s family and Corporal Lightly’s dog. They were just getting worried when Bess […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 9 continued)

“Wow. Whoever Dawn LaRae is…she’s got issues,” Bess said. Margie sniffed. “That is Bettina’s niece. I don’t think you ever met her. And, yes, you’re right, she does have issues or has had them anyway and is constantly having to deal with them again because of her crazy family. Dawn is a poet but this poem does seem sort of […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 9)

As Margie was driving back home, her phone rang. “Hello, Lloyd. How was your day?” she answered. “Hi Margie. Mine was very interesting actually. Don’t worry though, I took good notes. How about a cup of coffee while we catch up?” “Sounds great. Starbucks?” asked Margie. “Great minds think alike,” Lloyd said as he rang off. Lloyd was already there […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 8)

Margie and Lloyd sat on their front porch, enjoying the aroma of their coffee and the slight island breezes. It was just the perfect temperature as the palms swayed in the early morning sunlight. “What do you intend to do today, dear?” Margie asked. Lloyd looked up from his coffee. “Well, I thought I would go to the mainland today […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 7)

Anna picked up a painting and turned it over. Taped to the back was a small envelope with a note inside. She pulled the note out and handed it to Margie. “Have you read this?” Margie asked. “Yes, of course,” said Anna. “That’s why I thought you should read it before I showed it to anyone else.” Margie unfolded the […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 6)

The next morning Lloyd and Margie worked on their strategy over coffee. “How about we divide and conquer?” Lloyd said. “That sounds good,” Margie said. “I will stop by the Arts Center and talk to Anna since she mentioned she had something she wanted me to see anyway. I’m planning on doing it really casually.” “I don’t intend to be […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 5)

Later that evening, Lloyd and Margie were helping the same neighbors that Lloyd had talked into leaving just before the storm. Margie was getting a recipe for boiling lobster from Cindy, the talkative one of the two. Her husband, Corey, just grunted for the most part and looked unhappy to be there. Margie and Cindy’s heads were together concentrating on […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 4)

Traffic going back onto the island was backed up but eventually they got across the long bridge which stretched across a small bit of the Atlantic Ocean. Here salt water and fresh water mingled together and a wide variety of wildlife was present including the alligators that Margie watched laying on the banks sunbathing. Their world was fine. They had […]

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The Mystery of Seagrass Island (Chapter 3)

It was only a thirty minute drive to Bess’s apartment. They pulled up in front of the colonial style two story building with red brick and white trim and immediately saw their daughter’s cherry red Volkswagen bug sitting out front. Everything seemed fine for a Saturday morning so far. When they reached Bess’s second floor apartment and knocked on the […]

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