Box of Chocolates

When Len and I received a delectable box of chocolates as a thank you gift, we waited all of fifteen seconds before opening it to see what was inside. 

Ooh la la, every one of them looked delicious! How to choose?

In the movie, Forrest Gump, Forrest says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Fortunately, there was a “key” inside the lid of our box of chocolates. It helped us to navigate the edible treasures. For instance, I’m not a coconut fan, so Len used the “key” to select those. He’s not a fan of fruit centers, so I used it to find those. 

How do you navigate a box of chocolates—or life, for that matter?

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ADVANCE PRAISE

“Fast-paced and with plenty of plot twists, you’re sure to be swept up into the story.”
—DEBBIE HERBERT, USA Today best-selling author

“Hold on to your seat: the ride is fast and furious. Be ready to stay up all night.”
—TOWER LOWE, author of No Way Out

“If you’re an adrenaline junkie like I am, you’ll love this book!”
—GAIL CUSHMAN, author of the Breaking Barrier series

“The pace is a roller coaster ride. The tension builds from the first page and doesn’t let up until the very end.”
—CHRIS NORBURY, author of Straight River and Castle Danger

“Early in Indelible, I realized I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller. Through flawed characters and a vivid setting, tension mounts in this fast-paced thriller, leading to a riveting climax.”
—GREG RENZ, author Beneath the Flames

“Smart and sassy, Laurie Buchanan’s Indelible is a fast-paced mystery with deftly drawn characters and a palpable sense of place. I couldn’t put it down!”
—ASHLEY E. SWEENEY, author of Answer Creek

When a sniper killed his partner, Sean McPherson was injured in the ambush. Now an ex-cop, he takes a job at a writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest. At Pines & Quill, he hopes to heal and put his life back together in the Zen-like capacity of groundskeeper and all-around handyman.
 
Sniper, Jason Hughes, blames McPherson for the loss of more than ten million dollars’ worth of heroin—and he wants revenge. 
 
In the guise of a New York City limo driver working on a sizzling tell-all memoir, Hughes arrives at Pines & Quill along with three other writers in residence: a bohemian psychic taking a break from grueling work as a forensic intuitive, a bitter divorcée who wants to open herself to a new life, and a vibrant and resilient potter navigating life from a wheelchair.
 
With conflicting agendas, uncertain loyalties, and romantic entanglements at play, Hughes finds it difficult to get McPherson in his sights. Gradually, he forms a different plan, one that threatens the lives of everyone at the retreat.

Indelible
Hits the shelves on April 6th
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Hitching Post

I usually take three two-mile walks each day. Each walk is on a different route, but they’re all in or near the Warm Springs historic district of Boise, Idaho (established in the mid-to-late 1800s), which means I get to see some cool stuff, including relics of days gone by.

Back in the day, it was customary for a horse-drawn carriage to pull up parallel to a perfectly spaced hitching post and set of steps. Once the reins were secured in the iron loop on the hitching post, the driver would open the carriage door, and the occupants would descend the steps.

Hitch your wagon to a star”—the famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson—means to aim sky-high and follow your dreams, with the implication that you can achieve anything!

What have you hitched your wagon to?

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Impressions

Our daily walks with Willa, our dog, include a long stretch of sidewalk in the Warm Springs historic district of Boise. In front of several of the old mansions, the sidewalk is scattered with multiple leaf imprints.

Due to the COVID-19 shelter-at-home mandate, I’ve had the opportunity to experience more than the usual number of phone and Zoom connections. Regardless, at the end of each conversation, I stop and reflect on the exchange of words, tone, and delivery style—and I find myself wondering:

– What kind of impression did I make—was it positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing?
– What’s it like to be on the receiving end of me?

What kind of impression do you make?

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Rat-a-tat-tat

And though Idaho is part of the shelter-in-place mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Governor, Brad Little, encouraged its residents to go outside and get exercise—takes walks, ride our bicycles—just not in groups.

We live a stone’s throws from the Boise River Greenbelt. On one of my daily walks, I heard the distinctive sound of a woodpecker. And though I didn’t see it, this looks like where it might have been:

When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were cartoon-laden with the likes of Beanie and Cecil, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Woody Woodpecker.

Rat-a-tat-tat! Rat-a-tat-tat! Spring is the harbinger of new things. Zoom has become my new way of facilitating and receiving what had previously been in-person sessions. 

What opportunity is knocking at your door?

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Staying Connected

In my first book, Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth, I wrote: 

“Communication is the mortar that holds humanity together; it’s the very currency of our society.” 

With cancellations, social distancing, and self-quarantining due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, communication is more vital than ever. 

Today we have social media at our fingertips. The digital neighborhood includes platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

Aside from reading people’s blogs, my favorite online way to stay connected is Instagram.

What’s your favorite online way to stay connected?

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We Eloped 40 Years Ago

Len and I eloped on St. Patrick’s Day forty years ago. My parents were less than thrilled, but they soon discovered that he’s a terrific guy and ended up loving him as much as they loved me. 

People often ask us the recipe for our success. The secret is in the way we express our love. Here’s a list of our favorite ingredients:

  • Mutual respect
  • Intentional kindness
  • Active listening
  • Forgiveness
  • Quality individual time, balanced with quality together time
  • Personal hobbies, balanced with mutual interests
  • Laughter. Definitely laughter!

What’s your favorite relationship ingredient?

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Focus Word 2020

For the past decade, instead of establishing New Year’s resolutions, I’ve selected a focus word as my guiding light for the year.

Last year I selected a short phrase: Joie de Vivrejoy of life.

As we start a new decade, this will be the first time that I’m choosing a repeat.

Joie de Vivre has been—and continues to be—so incredibly fulfilling that I’m choosing to embody and focus on it again.

Joie de Vivre—A delight in being alive; an exuberant, keen, or buoyant enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit.

Joie de Vivre—A philosophy of life, a sentiment that involves one’s whole being.

Do you have a focus word this year?

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Hoist the Sails!

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Is Tuesdays With Laurie going away? Not on your life! You’ll still find me here every Tuesday.

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What are your plans for the new decade?

“Writers are the wind that sail words across the page.” —Laurie Buchanan

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The Boondocks

Our road trips in the Pacific Northwest often take us through the boondocks. It’s important to note that the boondocks aren’t unique to our neck of the woods; they’re just about everywhere.

According to the dictionary, “The Boondocks is an American expression from the Tagalog word bundók. It originally referred to a remote rural area, but now, is often applied to an out-of-the-way area.” 

We knew we were in the boondocks during a recent stop at a rest area. When I went to dry my hands, this is what I saw:

I pressed the button and got nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
I smacked the button and voilà! Hot air.

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When was the last time you were in the boondocks?

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