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A Day in the Life – Process Edition

I began doing "a day in the life" blogs in January in response to a 30-day challenge from the Rave Reviews Book Club (@RRBC). I missed one day and my negligence eliminated me from the challenge. That's okay; however, I have been remiss in adding more blogs to this...

A Day in My Life – Gratitude Edition – January 24, 2023

  A lesson in gratitude for today. On Sunday I bought a huge package of stew meat from BJs. It was way too big for the two of us to eat. I made a big crock pot of beef stew and still had a lot left over. I was trying to figure out how to freeze it when a woman with...

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Saying Goodbye

We met in the fourth grade at a choir rehearsal at St. Jerome's Church in North Weymouth, Massachusetts. We went to our first Newport Folk Festival in 1966. We had just graduated from high school earlier that summer. We had to beg our parents to let us go. We slept in...

On the Road, Again

Travelin' shoes...Got my travelin' shoes... Well, that was Bill Staines's song, but over the last couple of days, I borrowed it over the last few days. I took off in my Subaru Forester and headed west to Lisle, Illinois, for the Folk Alliance Region Midwest, also...

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Wanda began following baseball in 1956 as an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox. She made her first visit to Fenway Park in the early 1960s when she was fourteen years old. She parlayed her love of baseball and developed characters based on people she’d met in minor league and major league ball and sent them to play in the minors in western New York. Set in 1972, the novel examines the challenges they face—not always on the baseball diamond.

Empty Seats attracted attention from Minor League Baseball, as well as the (now defunct) nationally syndicated "Only a Game” radio show.

Following publication, Empty Seats won a number of citations, including the New Apple Award and the Independent Publishers’ Award.

Wanda’s love of baseball still lingers to this day. In 2012, she auditioned to become the public address announcer at Fenway Park. Although she didn’t get the position, she had the opportunity to announce a full game between the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in August 2012.

Readers can learn about Wanda’s other writing projects by clicking “Writing.”

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Baseball Season

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge baseball fan. But this year--I have, as my father from the south would say--no "dog in this fight." My favorite team finished dead last in the American League East--for the second consecutive year. We had no pitching; on days...

New York Times Ends Sportswriting

Some readers of this blog may know that, at one point in my (then) young life, I had wanted to become a sportswriter. However, following an encounter with a then-outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, who advised me in the mid-1960s, that, as a woman, I would have a...

Dialogue?

This is the story of two people who meet by chance on an airplane during a snowstorm a few days before Christmas and a relationship develops. The man's mother tries many ways to thwart the process, and a mysterious woman wearing a magical scarf plays a role in the...

There Are No Words

I stood in line at a local funeral home tonight for what seemed like hours, but it was only about 45 minutes. The deceased is a 43-year-old man who attended nursery school, elementary, middle, and high schools with my own two...

Hall of Fame

Margie Rosenkranz of The Eighth Step photographs Wanda holding the 'Golden Record' Eddies Award, as she's being photographed as well. Who would ever have thought that I would be part of an actual Hall of Fame? I mean, I'm a regular visitor to the Baseball Hall of Fame...

A Day in the Life – Process Edition

I began doing "a day in the life" blogs in January in response to a 30-day challenge from the Rave Reviews Book Club (@RRBC). I missed one day and my negligence eliminated me from the challenge. That's okay; however, I have been remiss in adding more blogs to this...

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Wanda made her singing debut when she was only four years old at a family reunion in southwestern Virginia. From that day forward, she always wanted to make a recording, even if it only meant something for her family.

She made that dream come true when she gathered a number of her professional folk music friends and produced “Singing Along with the Radio.” These were people she’d always wanted to sing with, and they went into recording studios to complete the task.

When all was said and done, the CD was well received by both the public and folk DJs. It has enjoyed airplay in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.