Jean M. Cogdell

Jean M. Cogdell

A writer of children's books, short stories, mysteries, fantasy, literary and flash fiction, romance, and the occasional comedy. Of course, humor is in the eye of the reader, and in our family, there is plenty to go around in my family where today I live in Texas with my husband, (Photo by Bina Sareen photography.)

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Dew on the Kudzu

The Smell of Pine

Women of the south believe the time for spring-cleaning arrives at the first sign of blooming azaleas, budding trees, and temperatures above freezing. They pull down curtains and fling open windows airing out the house. There are germs to be rid of; invisible cobwebs to sweep from corners, closets to purge, and woodwork to wash. First off, every Southern housekeeper worth her salt washes woodwork every spring, whether dirty or not.