I write heartfelt stories of faith and struggle that evoke laughter and tears. The characters are kindred spirits that you'll embrace for their sense of familiarity, as if you’ve found a piece of your soul that speaks. The Moon Lake series is a journey of love, loss and discovery amidst the craziness of life.

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Where you go, I go…

              I married a man from the West Coast who loves the ocean. I use the word “love” but even that seems to be an understatement. He has a spiritual connection to the water. It’s as if the life force of the ocean is connected to his own wellbeing. […]

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Betty Boop gets hitched

                      This last weekend, Betty Boop got hitched. Some of you may remember her from “Betty Boop’s “Pizzazz” Fizzles Mine.” http://www.hollyvarni.com/betty-boops-pizzazz-fizzles-mine/ Walking down the aisle, she looked stunning in her layers of lace and sparkle. Her hair that is typically streams of molasses was tied in […]

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Who said it would be easy?

                Hanging above the kitchen sink when I was growing up, right smack in between two windows that looked out to the backyard, was a small plaque with the words, “God forbid, life should be easy!” The quote was from Alan Alda. My parents loved the actor, the […]

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Hang on, it’s going to be a wild & crazy ride

              Anyone that goes through a personal crisis in their life will inevitably come out the other side speaking the same truth….I learned who my real friends are. We’ve all heard it. There are those that come in your hour of need and those that flee. This discovery comes […]

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The “After” of Breast Cancer: Chick with the silicone chest

            This year has been one of growth for me. Not that I was stagnant in a pubescent stage or anything, but there are times in life where difficult circumstances propel you forward a few steps on the evolution of who you are as a person. One of those growth […]

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Breath of snow

              I imagine it’s a snowy day in Moon Lake and the good townsfolk are nestled in their homes trying to stay warm by drinking hot liquids and wearing an extra layer of clothing. The temperature sometimes warms up to above zero, as this winter has broken records as the coldest […]

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Classic Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

              “Bread is the basic sustenance of every culture in the world, and I’m trying to connect with that primal need that we all share. The act of creating and baking bread can be a very meditative act. It centers your spirit in the present moment,” said Arielle, (Silhouettes […]

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Da Vinci’s Golden Cup

              Have you heard the story about the golden cup in Leonardo Da Vinci’s, The Last Supper?  The enormous painting that measures 15 x 29 feet and covers an entire wall, depicts the evening before Christ was betrayed by one of his disciples. If you don’t know that story […]

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A Griswald memory….

              Each of us has certain memories from our childhood that stick more than others. When I think back to the holiday season when I was growing up, the first image that comes to mind are my parents in our front yard putting up lights. It’s an understatement to […]

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

      Moon Lake “Bread is the basic sustenance of every culture in the world, and I’m trying to connect with that primal need that we all share. The act of creating and baking bread can be a very meditative act. It centers your spirit in the present moment,” said Arielle, (Moon Lake, p. […]

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She responded, “I am blessed…”

            A dear friend in my life who is a regular topic of discussion on my blog is someone I refer to as “Southern Belle”. I’ve written of her charm and syrupy sweetness, her expectation for always being proper (said with a heavy lilt) and down home hospitality that could only be […]

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My life as a Hallmark Movie…

              Boy meets girl. Boy and girl feel a spark but an obstacle stands between them. Boy can’t stop thinking about girl. Boy and girl keep running into one another. Boy and girl spend time solving the problem. Boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after. I am a […]

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I love you Garrison…

              Everyone develops a crush at some point. Mine happens to be more of an obsession. Not to the point where I would stalk this person, but he definitely holds my admiration from a distance. I get excited at the mention of his name. My heart races and I’m filled […]

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Bouquet of sharpened pencils…

              “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils…” Do you remember this line from a famous movie? One of the main characters was talking about autumn and how it made him feel to the other character. He was saying how the fall season made him feel like buying school […]

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Social media: As bad as Crack…(Part 2)

              Not addicted to Pinterest? Good for you. But can you say the same thing about Facebook? Think about it. Be honest. Really honest. Come on. How many times a day do you check Facebook for “new stories” posted? Do you sneak breaks at work to check your page […]

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