The Gift Many of you would consider having your health the greatest gift, but I am here to tell you it isn’t. During my convalescence, and really from the very beginning, my health has been a precarious thing. It seems like an unwelcome shadow following me around reminding me of my shortcomings and that itContinue reading “The Gift”
Author Archives: Leslie Inc
Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us. For some of you it will be a time to gather with family. For others it marks a big lunch to usher in frenzied days off shopping. For me, it has taken on a deeper level of meaning. One that is only gained through grace. Many of you haveContinue reading “Gratitude…. ACTUALLY”
A change of address??
SO… Two weeks ago, marked the third anniversary of my mother’s … You know. Sure, I have always hated, loathed, and downright detested this day. Like I needed an anniversary to remember?? As if I would ever forget for the rest of my life. But, the thing that has made me SO uneasy, I’ve determined,Continue reading “A change of address??”
Nothing better than the smell of a book
Julia is a Marketing and Communications Intern at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. This article about my love for libraries (and LIBRARIANS!) was featured on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library blog. At the age of 60, Leslie Hooton’s wish to be a published author came true. She is publishing her first novel, Before Anyone Else, with TurnerContinue reading “Nothing better than the smell of a book”
‘Tis the season
‘TIS THE SEASON I have never written a blog specifically because a friend asked me to. But here goes my very first inaugural “commissioned” blog post!! Do you know what season we are in currently? Not football. Not back-to-school. Not even Christmas shopping for you early birds. It is RUSH season. Where freshmen and sophomoresContinue reading “‘Tis the season”
All the Feels…
ALL THE FEELS….. When you achieve a long, desired goal, you may be flooded with all kinds of conflicting emotions…. Getting into your long shot college; getting your first job; getting the big promotion you wanted; getting married to the person of your dreams; finding out you’re pregnant for the first time; or having aContinue reading “All the Feels…”
Make a Wish!
A party without cake is just a meeting. -Julia Child Someone brought me a cupcake in anticipation of my 60th birthday, lit a candle and uttered the phrase “Make-A-Wish!!” It left me completely stumped. For 25 years, yes 25 years, anytime I came anywhere near a candle and heard the phrase “Make-A-Wish”, my wish hadContinue reading “Make a Wish!”
We are Only Human
WE ARE ONLY HUMAN I have just returned from a few days at the Sewanee Writers Conference. What makes any of us write? To have permission to talk to people in our head? Or because we don’t have another talent? For me, both are true. I love my characters and I love hanging out withContinue reading “We are Only Human”
And the journey begins…..
AND THE JOURNEY BEGINS……… Did you ever stop and think: what happens when dreams come true?? In the movies, a frequent ending is… And they lived happily ever after. We actually don’t know what comes next. WOWZA! I thought finding out my novel, Before Anyone Else, (BAE) is going to be publishedContinue reading “And the journey begins…..”
What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come What were your dreams when you were little? When I was born, my dreams got deferred. It didn’t stop my mother, Elizabeth from helping me with my dreams. The best thing she did?? She took me to the Public Library, my Aunt Mary’s library and later on her library. IContinue reading “What Dreams May Come”