Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com

Way Beyond Your Childhood Paper Dolls Clothes

When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls. With a blunt pair of scissors, I would set about cutting the clothes from the page in the paper doll book, occasionally cutting off a tab that helped … Continue reading

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Now You Know The Rest of the Story – David Halberstam’s THE FIFTIES

I envy my grandchildren who will live long enough to read a book written by another David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has written about the social, political, and athletic life of America in books like The Fifties, The Best … Continue reading

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December 21 – Giving you the Gift of Poet Chris Heeter

Seeing Solstice There is a pause now this quiet Solstice time before light slowly lengthens. The temptation? To count the days. To hold our breath until daylight stretches into evening and early morning forces back the darkness. What a relief … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer- Pat Conroy’s new book- A Lowcountry Heart

December 11, 2011 -Last night I finished a splendid memoir written by the irascible and charming Christopher Hitchens. It is called Hitch-22, and the title reminded me of the time I found myself talking to a fascinating man at the deep … Continue reading

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My Favorite Wild Poet – Chris Heeter – Saying Goodbye to Fall

EVEN LEAVES LET GO This fall season arrived with bountiful sun and rain. A blend that promises the extended version of high definition fall foliage. And so it is that I step outside to a day that is yellow. Yes, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Writer – Chris Rose – Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

I was doing research for a new book when Hurricane Mathew visited Eastern North Carolina last month. Mathew provided a timely background for my writing. The color had been sucked from the world, everything looked gray, while winds threatened. We … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christopher Fowler Again!

I just finished another in the Bryant & May Series….The Invisible Code. I have written about Fowler and his series before. (Click here for more details) They are irresistible and must be saved for the perfect moment. For at least thirty … Continue reading

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The Art of Inge Löök Will Gladden a Gardener’s Heart

I might not have discovered the art of Inge Löök if a friend hadn’t introduced me to Pinterest a few years back.  I’m sorry if you are missing out on this wonderful world of images that certainly covers the gamut … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christina Baker Kline – Orphan Train

How could I resist an opening like this….. I believe in ghosts. They’re the ones who haunt us, the ones who have left us behind. Many times in my life I have felt them around me, observing, witnessing, when no … Continue reading

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Gardening – A Balm In Gilead

Gardeners have long known that a great way to still their minds and restore their equilibrium is to go out into the garden and get their hands dirty. As our election cycle draws to an end, we’re all looking for … Continue reading

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A Receipt from a Bookstore Brings Happiness -Author Beatriz Williams – Part 3

I have been writing about the books I bought when one of my two book clubs had an outing to Quail Ridge Book Store in North Hills Mall, Raleigh, N.C.. At some point you have to stop shopping or be … Continue reading

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A Receipt From A Bookstore Buys Happiness – Part 2

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish Without the collective reading life of wonderful friends and readers in my two book clubs, I might never have discovered many of the authors I … Continue reading

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