Tree Wars


As I cracked open the doors to 6’-by-7’x8’ moving cube to reunite myself with everything I own, a six-foot-tall Christmas tree stared back at me. Thin and scraggly with crushed pre-lit branches that no longer lit, this was the tree that had become a bane of my existence months earlier.  It was the same tree I told my children not … Read More

The day the animals were ransomed


I don’t remember most of their names, but I do remember their faces: a possum with eight babies, a giraffe, and a lion that roared when I pulled the string on his back. There were a few dogs and cats, an elephant, and a couple of bunnies, too, as well as others long forgotten. Together, they made up my family … Read More

When it’s time for the old folks home


Several years ago, I wrote a column about living my best life, where I shared my grand plans and visions for the future. I’d move back to south Florida, purchase a condo in a swanky little 55-and-over community, drink cocktails by the pool every Friday afternoon and whistle at the Cabana boy as he walked by. (Or something like that.) … Read More

A toast to the queen of cozies


When I began my writing career back in the mid-90s, I had no desire to write fiction. No siree, Bob. My path, or so I thought, would be paved with true stories. Stories that mattered (or at least that’s what they tell you in journalism school). But I suppose I don’t have to tell you what happens to the best … Read More

How Facebook gave me my life back

BWUBeth Underwood Books

There are plenty of undeniable truths about life. Humans are creatures of habit. Habits are hard to break. And many habits will never be broken without a monumental reason to do so. I happen to be intimately acquainted with these truths. In other words, I speak from experience. Take social media, for example. For months now, I’ve waxed rhetorically about … Read More

Season’s gratings: songs on my last nerve


For many of us, the day after Thanksgiving marks the official all-clear for listening to Christmas music. It’s the day when, after an 11-month um… quarantine, if you will… the sounds of the season blare 24/7, spreading Christmas cheer in our stores, restaurants, offices, and homes. I dare say it can be a real free-for-all. Trying to squeeze a million … Read More

A day in the life at Moonshine University


Every now and then, we all experience something that reminds us of childhood. Maybe it’s the smell of a long forgotten scent, or the sound of a favorite song on the radio. For me, it’s the angst that comes with having to take a test. And it was the latter that filled my being when I earned the title of … Read More

Castle gets its happily ever after


It’s not a horse farm or a basketball arena. Nor is it a bourbon distillery. Nevertheless, its one of Kentucky’s most memorable landmarks. For almost 50 years, The Kentucky Castle, located on the county line between Lexington and Versailles, has been turning heads and piquing the curiosity of all who pass by. I was knee high to a grasshopper when construction … Read More

Let’s talk bourbon!


Have I told you about my family tree? We’ve got one or two real hum-dingers swinging from the branches, that’s for sure. The life and times of one cousin in particular has piqued the interest of us all. When his name comes up in conversation, everyone leans in a little closer, keen on catching every word. Kinda like when E.F. … Read More