Author Archives: viola62

About viola62

I am a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Orleans with my loving husband and write historical fiction, mysteries, and contemporary romance. New Orleans is frequently a character in the book, but I also traverse continents in my quest to bring my characters to life.

Why Do We Write?

Why Do We Write? Recently, I stumbled upon a website that asked why we read and offered five reasons.  What struck me was that the reasons the website provided as to why we read are very much also the reasons we … Continue reading

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The Mardi Gras that Wasn’t

The Mardi Gras that Wasn’t:             New Orleans, my hometown, had no Mardi Gras this year. We also faced the threat of multiple hurricanes in the fall as well as the cancellation of many festivals because of COVID. Many businesses have … Continue reading

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Patriotism, Dissent, and Mob Mentality

Patriotism, Dissent, and Mob Mentality:             Like many in the United States, my husband and I watched with a combination of horror, incredulity, and amusement as armed thugs (instigated by a sitting president) tried to overturn a lawful election.  We felt horror … Continue reading

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2020 in the Rearview Mirror and Counting Blessings:

2020 in the Rearview Mirror and Counting Blessings: I’ve recently read MANY blog posts about this monumental year. All have remarked on the challenges the year has posed and to what degree we as the human race have coped with … Continue reading

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COVID, Hurricanes, Despair, and Hope:

COVID, Hurricanes, Despair, and Hope:  This year has brought great tragedy for many people. The whole world suffered because of the misery wrought by COViD-19.  Many lost their lives, and many lost their jobs or businesses because of the lockdown that … Continue reading

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Teaching in the Brave New World

In August, I returned to my teaching job for the first time since we went into lockdown in March.  The atmosphere is very different from the school culture I left in March.  Our school is now “hybrid,” which means some of our … Continue reading

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Quarantine and German Class

Quarantine and German Class:   When the pandemic resulted in lockdown, I still had lots to do.  I have two WsIP that are equally absorbing and challenging.  My husband and I decided to complete some minor renovations on our house … Continue reading

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The Danger of  Isolation and “The Other.”

The Danger of  Isolation and “The Other.”   Life has been pretty bleak since March.  The whole world has lived in isolation with only those nearest and dearest.  This experience has proved positive and negative. Luckily, I love my hubby; … Continue reading

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Uncertainty in a Time of Plague

Uncertain Times:   Around the world, we find ourselves in uncertain times.  COVID-19 has created a dangerous and brave new world of sorts.  I live in Louisiana, hurricane country.  We are familiar with nature playing dirty tricks on us and … Continue reading

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The Crawfish Search: My mother’s crawfish stew

The Crawfish Search: My mother’s crawfish stew   Quarantine has made many of us in Louisiana change the way we eat and how we celebrate.  In spring, we have crawfish boils and socialize with family and friends. We watch sporting … Continue reading

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