Friday, October 24, 2014

What is This Thing Called Guilt?


I have an enormous problem with feelings of guilt. I’m convinced it’s the bane of my existence, my chief obstacle in life. I rationalize away too many good hours of my days in service to this insidious structure of my ego. I want to break its hold on me. But how? I can’t afford a psychotherapist. Maybe the Catholics have it right—maybe confession is good for the soul! I think I’ll try it:

I suck at the art of relaxation and when I try to relax, I feel guilty about it even though in an out-of-reach region of my consciousness, I know it’s a beneficial thing. But tell that to my ego! Tell that slave-driver that not every moment must have a purpose, some useful something attached to it.

Sometimes I just feel lazy. Ahhh, laziness—not the same as constructive relaxation at all, but a SIN! If you don’t believe me on this point, ask M. Scott Peck, M. D., who wrote the definitive exposé on laziness in his ground breaking book, People of the Lie. He theorized that laziness is mankind’s greatest evil…that it IS the very DNA of evil. My poor mother, God Bless Her Departed Soul, could only justify her need for this evil by feigning illness and going to her bed for a few hours in a week, or so. My God, I’ve become my mother and one of Peck’s reprobates!

I’ve made mistakes with my kids—little mistakes and big mistakes. I still do. Those are the guilts that bore treacherous, black holes in my mind and heart into which I most often plummet…and yes, I lose myself there. My ego loves those plunges most of all because there’s no end to the ego’s guilt-affirming, mind-chatter there.

Sometimes I gossip! Shame! Shame! Shame! There really is no excuse for it, but still I do it on occasion even while one part of my brain is berating me for my indulgence while the other is joyfully partaking of it. The gossiper-me is like a food addict licking a huge dome of vanilla ice cream, my taste buds blindly welcoming as an honored guest the fat cells accumulating on my behind. And thereafter for days, I feel dreadful about the gossiping and the ice cream orgy.

Sometimes, and sometimes for very long stretches of time, I just don’t want to write, and especially to market my writing. There’s no limit to my guilt related to that one because it’s directly centered on God, no less! Why, you ask? Well, because God sent me here to be a writer; it’s my purpose in this life, my ticket into this particular incarnation—and I have the unmitigated gall to ignore that agenda, to squander my gift, to thumb my nose at God!!!

There just is no hope for me. Guilt has me in a firm grip and it won’t let go. But wait a minute! I think I do feel a slight easing of my conscience. Wow! This coming clean really works.

Maybe you’d like to try it. Oh come on. You can do it. There’s a blank space just below with your name on it. Only you and I will ever know—I promise!  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Word is Art" at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival

I am honored to be among nine other Ohio authors chosen to participate as Stage Performers at the “Word is Art” venue, a new feature of this year’s Columbus Arts Festival (CAF). A nationally-acclaimed and award-winning festival held the first full weekend in June each year in downtown Columbus, an average of 400,000 people attend the festival annually, making it one of the largest statewide events in Ohio.
On Friday, June 7, beginning with a welcome at 5:00 pm, I will be appear on the Word is Art stage with four other authors, each of us doing a reading and discussing our books. My fellow authors will be David Meyers, R. Bruce Larson, Paula Lambert and Rosalie Ungar. My topic will be my latest novel Guardians and Other Angels.  Authors Jules Knowlton, Amy Dalrymple, Ginger Turner, Paul Skyrm and Peg Hanna will be on the “Word is Art” stage on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 11:00 am. 

Celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival will take place on the Columbus Riverfront where attendees will enjoy the newly-revitalized Scioto Mile Park featuring lush green spaces, a charming promenade, mesmerizing water features, plazas, paths and bikeways as well as nearby restaurants, vendors, children’s art activities and entertainment. They will also feast their eyes, and typically exhaust their pocketbooks, on a vast selection of works of art including sculpture, painting, photography, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more presented by 300 of the country’s best artists and artisans, an elite few chosen from among 1,200 applicants by an esteemed panel of judges.  And beginning this year, festival goers will be able to purchase signed copies of books by Ohio authors.  All of us hope to see you there!   

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fateful Night, a New Book by Authors K R Hughes & T L Burns

My good and supportive writing friends, authors K R Hughes and T L Burns will be releasing their new ebook Fateful Night on May 10th, a continuation of the alternative history of the life and death of actress Marilyn Monroe that the writing duo proposed in their initial book on the subject What She Knew.  My understanding is that Fateful Night is book two of a trilogy of books on the subject.  Book three of the trilogy, Darkest Day is scheduled for release next summer.  The following are brief biographies of the prolific writing team, as well as links to them and their work.  I hope you check it out.  It should be a lot of fun to travel down the road of speculation once more with Hughes and Burns:    
K.R. Hughes
Hughes is an English major from Amarillo, Texas. She now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys writing with her co-author T.L. Burns. 

Hughes enjoys working with budding writers and tutoring English. Her passion is for at-risk teens. She volunteers to help teens realize their potential and find their passion. Hughes has two grown children, Justin and Kayti, and two four legged girls, MayZee and Ruthie.

Find other works by this author in the Historical Romance section, pen name is Kymber Lee, Treasured Love and Lord Tristan's True Love are both a fun romp written in Regency England in 1811. Lee (Hughes) wrote these novels for her grandmother who is a huge supporter of her work.

T.L. Burns

As Burns' co-author puts it, "She is the foremost researcher and historical guru for our What She Knew trilogy."

Burns is originally from California (desert region, with mountains), spent nearly twenty years in the panhandle of Texas (again, desert region only without the mountains) and now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. In her words, "Trees and flowers everywhere!! Even the weeds are green and lush! I feel like I'm living in a postcard!! And, no wind! The desert regions are sooooo windy."

Burns passion is for at-risk families. She volunteers her time to help the needy, not with a hand-out but with a hand-up. She is married and has two grown sons (best sons in the whole world) and two 4 legged sons, Binford and Digby.

Connect with us:

Fateful Night will be available on Amazon as an ebook May 10th!!  In a few short weeks, you will also be able to purchase the paperback.  Follow the authors for the latest details and how to obtain a copy for yourself.

What She Knew - An alternate history - What if Marilyn had lived and JFK saved?

Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Author Linda Lee Greene to Participate in the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival

I am so proud to announce that I have been accepted as a 2013 author-participant at the prestigious Ohioana Book Festival.  It is a great honor to be included in this book signing and sale coordinated by the Ohio Library Association and sponsored by Barnes and Nobles Booksellers.  An additional benefit is that I will spend the day hobnobbing with authors from every corner of Ohio.  I will also take part in a Writer's Roundtable where I will share in a discussion about Women in Fiction.  The festival will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10AM - 4:30PM.  If you are in the area, please stop by my table and see me.  I will have copies of Guardians and Other Angels and Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams on hand for you to buy.  The location of the festival is indicated below: 
“The Ohioana Book Festival is a welcome reminder of the powerful friend we have in a generous author who gifts us with a well-written book.”

Want to see pictures from all the Festivals? Check out our Flicker and Facebook pages!

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The Ohioana Book Festival will take place at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Located in the Discovery District, Fort Hayes is just a short distance from some of Columbus’ best and most exciting attractions! The Arena District, just blocks away, is filled with fun shops and exceptional dining! Check out Experience Columbus, to make the Ohioana Book Festival part of a great weekend in Columbus, Ohio!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Exciting and Fun Things Are Happening in Grove City, Ohio

Wine and Arts Festival
Artist Applications
Wine and Arts Festival June 8, 2013

Applications are available on our website.
Congrats to Cronies Coney Cafe on their award for Best New Restaurant at the Taste of Grove City
Stop in and visit them Monday- Friday 11to 2 and 5 to 8. Saturday's 11 to 4. 4002 Broadway
Will you join us?
We want you to be involved in your Town Center. We have several committees that shape the organization that are open to all current members. We have four committees, Marketing, Business Enhancement, Design, and Operations. They meet on the third week of the month and have 1 hour meetings. Feel free to contact Andy Furr at for more information to participate.
We also have committees that help plan and organize our events. We would enjoy having you serve on one or all of those committees. Below is the listing of the committees and the dates meeting.
Wine and Arts Festival
April 10
May 15
June 5
All meetings are at Plum Run Winery, 3946 Broadway. Meetings start at 6:30 pm.
Sidewalk Craft Sale
April 24
May 22
All meetings are at the Welcome Center, 3378 Park Street, and start at 6:30 pm.
Terri Lynn Menedez
Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family of Terri Menedez. Terri was a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones with her office located in the Town Center and a very involved women in the Grove City community. Visit for her obituary and sign the Guest book.
Community Calendar
Did you know that anyone can post an event to our community calendar? According to Google Analytics, our calendar has over 300 new visitors each day.
Go to to submit your event for the community calendar.
Did you know that membership to the Grove City Town Center Inc. is not limited to businesses. We have individual memberships as Society Members for just $15 per year. These memberships help support our mission to put "feet on the street".
Go to to apply for membership today.
Grove City’s Unique Benefit for the Arts
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN is hosted yearly by the
Grove City Arts Council to benefit their Art Scholarship Fund.
SOMMER HOUSE GALLERY: Books & Illustrations
Rosemary Barkes, Linda Lee Greene, Edith Wadkins
Hors d’oeuvres, Music
CITY HALL: Paul-Henri Bourguignon’s
“Faces & Figures” Art Presentation, Music
Little Theatre Off Broadway: “Seussical the Musical”
Plum Run Winery and the Ukulele Cowboy Society
Dreaming Tree Galleries: William Gerardino’s Legacy
$30.00 for the FULL NIGHT ON THE TOWN
$10.00 for Individual Selections.
Reservations are limited. Reserve by APRIL 20 by contacting:
Sommer House Gallery 614.871.4620

Plum Run Winery
3946 Broadway
Plum Run Winery is now 8 months old! It is hard to believe that we have come so far so fast! Our one year Anniversary will be in July! What a party we will have!
Now that Spring has supposedly arrived (at least the groundhogs says so), We will be starting to prune and make the vineyard ready for this years crop of grapes! Watch for an email very soon that will detail how you can learn to prune vines and help us in the vineyard.
In the winery we have a lot going on! New events, outdoor patio plans, and new wines all await our attention.
Our outdoor patio has been approved by Grove City and will soon be a reality. Watch for news of when the patio will open!
We have several new wines soon to be released...and we may need some volunteers to help bottle, label and make them ready for sale. Here's the new lineup of wines:
Summer Romance Rose' - A steuben based Rose' wine slightly sweet that will be great on our patio or yours!Malbec / Syrah Blend - Looking for a bold dry red? This will be it!Landot Noir / Noiret Blend - Have not heard of these grapes will know them very soon!!! A great fruit forward dry red wine that will soon be your favorite!Geisenheim Riesling - Very fruity and balanced!Apple Wine - Three Apple Varieties, Picked, crushed and pressed directly from the orchard into our fermenting tanks!Vignoles - Another Hybrid grape variety that may soon become your favorite! Made in a crisp Chardonnay Style!
Did we mention we are booking live music for the summer, Barbecues and many more events! Watch for details!

Red Letter Journals
'Tuesdays with Tonya'
Come hang out with Tonya and make a free card each Tuesday!
She’ll show you a few tips and tricks for creating beautiful cards.
The current theme is Valentine’s Day.
noon-1pm and 6-7pm
RLJ is a great place to have your
private or fundraiser crops!
Call Tonya for details
Red Letter Journals
3937 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Monday, March 18, 2013


HIGH ROAD GALLERY, Worthington, Ohio’s showcase for the arts

March 27 to April 27
Artist Reception (open to the public), Sunday, April 7th 2 – 4 pm

Regular Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00

Saturday – 12:00 – 4:00

High Road Gallery exclusively exhibits the work of Central Ohio artists.  Located in the historic Buttles-Pinney-Brown House (aka Sidney Brown House), it is a five-bay brick residence at 12 East Stafford at the corner of High Street.  There is a five inch threshold into the studio and a thirteen inch double step from the studio into the first floor gallery.  The parking lot is sloped. 
The Good Life on the Gulf Before the Oil Spill
An acrylic painting
Linda Lee Greene
To view the online gallery of Linda Lee Greene log onto
The direct link to Linda's latest novel, Guardians and Other Angels is

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Celebrate the Good News With Me

Posted: 06 Mar 2013 05:43 AM PST

(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project to increase and share knowledge about Midwestern Native American tribes with community college educators. The grant to OHS is one of only three national awards the NEH made this year under the Bridging Cultures for Community Colleges program.

OHS and its grant partner, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community College (NEO A&M), designed Native Americans in the Midwest: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges, a cooperative agreement with the NEH for a three-year faculty and curriculum development project for thirty-six community college faculty on the history of Midwestern Native American tribes.

OHS’s project works with faculty and academic administrators to increase their knowledge of existing research and scholarship on the history Ohio’s Ten Historic Tribes and their removal; introduce faculty to contemporary Native American cultural experiences; and facilitate a community of learning and research through course development and enhancement.

“This grant is an excellent opportunity for OHS to deepen our connections with regional educators interested in understanding Ohio’s historic Native American tribes,” said Sharon Dean, director of museum and library services for OHS.

The NEH grant will support the project from 2013-2015. During this time, OHS and NEO A&M will host three conferences for community college faculty and administrators and provide professional development by compiling historical resources for Midwestern Native American history, exposing community college faculty to scholars and Native American experts, and bringing them to locations that are critical to the Midwestern Removal story. For more information about the project, visit


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

Media contact, Paula Wasley (202) 606-8424 or


Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. The society has over 1.5 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 287,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Shannon Thomas, Communications Specialist, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2317, Visit the Ohio Historical Society at