Boat passengers

Vacation prep

Tracey Tracey's Blog

The crunch is on – vacation is just around the corner and I am in a madcap scramble to get everything ready. Ironic isn’t it, the exhaustion of pre-vacation duties? Perhaps the net effect of checking off all of the details is that it makes us appreciate our vacation time even more. No complaints, but for us, this means we …

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What are you waiting for?

Tracey Bucket List

I met an energetic woman last week at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association conference. She was there to not only learn, but to see if she could find an agent for her manuscript. Ramona told me: “I’ve dreamed of publishing a book for most of my adult life. Yep, it’s a Bucket List sort of thing. Then, one day it …

Pile of books

For the love of books

Tracey Good News

Something very big is happening in Trinidad, California, a little seaside village north of my home. They are finally opening the doors to their new public library! It’s taken the community 14 years to raise the $450,000 needed to build a permanent library. I think it’s worth nothing that these good people have not used any state or federal money …

Movie camera

Lights, camera, action!

Tracey Columns

A few weeks ago, on a drive up to Portland, I saw a small, late model moving van. Painted a lively red, the truck’s entire side was one large sign: “Priestley & Son.” I pointed it out to my husband and we shared a little giggle. Rare is the day when we see our name anywhere. But what struck us …

Playground swing

The only swing for me

Tracey Tracey's Blog

I am laughing out loud! I was just looking at Twitter to identify the possibilities of connecting with other like-minded souls. My search was “#emptynesters” and the return was remarkable lengthy. Apparently there are quite a few of us out there exploring life in a quiet house! I selected the first one at the top of the list. What did I …

Stuffed doll

A daughter’s decision

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, Our daughter has been telling us about her boyfriend for months. They have been dating for eight months and obviously, she’s head over heels in love. From everything she told us, he sounded like a good match. They seemed to have similar values and goals, both work in the same profession, and enjoy many of the same activities. …

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Social responsibility

Tracey Good News

On July 17, Delaware joined a growing trend by passing legislation that will help businesses be socially and environmentally responsible. Now one of nineteen states to support such legal practices, it feels like corporate activity is moving in a very positive direction. You may learn more about this at: (Click here to return to our  Good News stories)

Paper house

Home sweet home

Tracey Tracey's Blog

I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling these last couple of months, happy for the opportunity to promote my novel. I really enjoy getting to interact with my readers. To hear their reactions to my book, to kick around why my characters did this or that, it’s all a fun fest as far as I’m concerned. And then … …