Monthly Archives: August 2013

House of Mirrors


Whoever decorated the house we moved into eight months ago loved mirrors. Two bathrooms boast mirrors that are 3′ x 5′, with the third, 40″ square. A built-in vanity space has a mirror that is 3′ square, and one bedroom has closet doors with mirrored panels for 6′ by 70″ of reflection. And last, but certainly not least, is the whopping three panels of mirrors in the dining room totaling 54 square feet of space-doubling, light-reflecting decorating in a room that is already pretty long and bright due to two skylights.

Recently, I pulled up my carpet in this space and laid down laminate flooring, spending a lot of time in front of this huge mirror. And I noticed a few things. 1) The whiteness of my legs has never been so blinding in August. Moving off my Kansas acreage and being planted in the middle of a city kept me inside more. 2) I’m not nearly as thin as I’d thought. Catching glimpses of myself while working, instead of standing in front of a mirror with my gut sucked in proved that. 3) I love this space with the vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, sky lights, patio door, and bay window with a window seat, and I’m very grateful to be living here (especially now that I’ve gotten rid of the horribly stained carpet!).


Some people avoid mirrors, but mirrors are important reality checks. In my children’s picture book, The Stubborn Princess, the princess grows tired of the upkeep of her long curls and shuns her hair-care team. To convince herself that nothing has changed, she only views her face in a tiny hand mirror. Therefore, she has no idea how crazy her hair gets until it is mistaken by a bird for a nest…

While The Stubborn Princess is a fun, rhyming story with great illustrations that little girls love, it also teaches lessons about the cost of neglecting the simple disciplines of life and the danger of ignoring reality checks along the way.

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Four years after the tragic loss of her family, newspaper reporter C.G. Harrellson is still a splintered soul. Blaming herself, she denies herself any opinions save the syndicated opinion column she anonymously writes as a release valve: Cinnamon Girl Explains It All.

Even though Detective Wolf Hunter is in the midst of trying to track down a serial killer, he can’t help being intrigued by the strange, little reporter who has been assigned to meet with him weekly to write a crime report.

Despite C.G.’s initial fear of the brown eyes that remind her of her late husband and the tender touches that make her feel not just new love but old pain, Wolf patiently pulls her out of her numb, emotionless existence to start again.

Meanwhile, Wolf’s partner notices similarities between the Cinnamon Girl column and the murder scenes, sending Wolf in search of the elusive Cinnamon Girl, herself.

Little does he realize, she’s as close as a kiss.

A detective, a reporter, her best friend, a cheating husband, a serial killer, Bingo…

Cinnamon Girl Explains It All