Crone in faux Tuscany

Crone in faux Tuscany


I live on the Texas coast in a medium-sized town.  Our home is on a bluff  just a short block from the water.  If a hurricane comes, we will roll down the shutters and ride it out!


Bachelor of Arts in English; post-graduate classes in creative writing    (I considered going back to get my teaching certificate and did some substitute work at the high school level.)


Most of my work experience has been in the administrative side of healthcare with positions as a claims processor, claims manager, contract specialist and provider relations representative.  For the last four years I have worked part-time for a large non-profit during their campaign period from mid-July until mid-November.


It seems I have always tried to write and mostly wrote poetry and personal essays.  The only publication came from a few articles in a small free monthly newspaper.  For the last few years I have been more ambitious as I researched the life of a writer/adventurer for a biography.  The biography will be published someday, I hope, but it will be written by someone else.  I wish him success.  Currently I am working on a novel (more of a novella) and have several chapters in draft, but I seem to be stuck as to how to explain how the Texas Ranger will solve the murder.  I keep lighting candles for my muse.

So to keep me writing I have started this blog as I need deadlines and purpose for writing even if they are self-imposed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jo Nell Harvill Huff
(The Coastal Crone)

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  1. Enjoy your blog. Thanks for dropping by mine. 🙂
    In order to solve the mystery in your novella , have the Texas Ranger light a candle to his Muse of Deduction. Have er show up as a actual charater in a magic realist style. It may not work out, but it should get the Surreal Unconsciousness going. I am a firm believer in Surreal Unconsciousness. I intend to spend as much time there as I can when I retire.


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    • I humbly accept! Thank you for the compliment on my writing which may not be exactly in the mainstream of blogging. I will check out the Sunshine Award on your blog. Sunshine is perfect after the 11 1/2 inches of rain we had yesterday. The sun is out today. Thanks again!


    • Oh, thank you so much! It must be the lovely palms that did it! I envy your camera skills as I can barely handle one. It is nice to see another blog by someone mature. I am right there behind you a couple of years! I will look for your post.


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  6. There are so many absolutely wonderful posts in CoastalCrone. It’s hard to imagine you decided on a blog to give you an incentive to write often since your writing style is so delightful, thoughtful and inspirational, plus and I so much enjoy getting a sense of “you” (and even your cat) that comes through. I’m looking forward to your next post already!

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  8. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at All the best!


  9. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.


    • Yes, Chef Emil, we did have a good Christmas and will spend a quiet New Year’s Eve at home with some champagne. Thank you for the good wishes! May you and yours have much happiness in 2013! I enjoy your special blog and look forward to more good recipes. Cheers!


  10. Hi, Ms. Crone! I saw your link on “Virginai Views” and had to check you out. First, for having such a terrific name, then I saw that you are a writer. I am, too. I’m a stay-at-home mom who blogs about growing up in rural Alabama. But I also insert other things, too. I would love to be friends, so please come visit me at I’m working on a spooky ghost story, but finding motivation to write can be a hindrance. I would love to self-pub it by Halloween 2013.


      • Thank Goodness you are okay…….something told me to check! You were right down the street from me, had I known I would have brought you flowers! Methodist Stone Oak is where I go for my cardiac procedures. So sorry to hear you had a rough time……….and then to drive in that horrible flood………you poor souls!!!! I am so very, very, very happy to hear from you and know that you are safe and sound at home again.

        Please know that could I ever be of assistance, do not hesitate to let me know……….SERIOUSLY!!! Virginia and I will look after you! Take good care of yourself……….you are important to us!


  11. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation.


  12. Thank you for sharing this article quite interesting and, hopefully true happiness rays began to warm our hearts, when we can share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂


  13. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’ve done a variety of things so far, and I think writing is one of the hardest things to do! My muse…well, it’s my dog, but sometimes I just don’t understand what she’s saying. ha

    Keep up the good work. Cheers, D


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  15. My Dearest Crone, thank you so much for thinking of us! Yes, we have gotten some rain, not nearly enough; however, it has kept the trees alive and the grass green. The stock tanks are still dry or very empty and the animals all have a vacant look in their eyes. Not the Texas I remember as a kid. We are off to New England on the 28th, so very excited about that adventure. We will be traveling to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York. Thank you again for thinking of us!


  16. First, let me say that I love the photo of you with the hat! You look great!

    What drew me in was the photo and post about the dachshund who was reprieved from being put down. I have three dachshunds – and in the past I rescued two. I’ve always had a houseful of ’em, at one time as many as five. I’m crazy that way. So is my husband. 🙂

    I like your blog. I’m glad I came across it.


  17. Hello there! I just wanted to say that you have an incredible blog, and that I find your content insightful, refreshing, and apt!


  18. HELLO… I lived in Commerce, Texas for 2 years and I miss the friendly smiles and their BIG HELLO’s. Your lovely smile reminded me of my grad school 🙂
    You have an incredible blog and I have self imposed rules for my blog too which helps me to not procrastinate things 🙂


    • It is good that you have positive memories of your time in Texas. Thanks for the kind comments. I still procrastinate too much on my writing. All the best to you and your goals for your blog. It has been a pleasure to have contact with you!

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  19. I think we’re living parallel lives. I’ve been a Worker’s Comp examiner and Hearing Rep and then moved to Healthcare Ins and have been a Claims Auditor and Analyst, Contract Analyst and now am working in Broker Compensation.


    • We certainly have been on the same paths! I would retire and then go back to work but now at 71 I am fully retired (no one would hire me now!) and enjoy my free time. OK, some days I miss it but the industry, especially managed care, was getting crazier and crazier. Thank you so much for sharing! I really do enjoy your blog with your humor, honesty and compassion! Cheers!

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  20. Its nice to meet you via Andrea’s blog! Do you go by Jo or Jo Nell?

    We have something in common with blogging. I started nearly 5 years ago to try and foster a consistent writing practice and it has worked. I attribute improvement in writing to making myself write at least twice a month if not more for the blog. Its a great and fun taskmaster.

    I hope you were spared the worst of hurricane Irma.



    • Either will do buy Jo is easier to remember than two names. Yes, we seem to have some things in common with blogging. It is an outlet for me but I don’t post that much but it is fun to set deadlines and then click that “Publish” button. Life gets in the way of writing some days. All the best to you! Oh, we were hit by Harvey.Strange how they kept coming! We were lucky here!


  21. In regards to Edna Reitz who wrote the Pledge of allegiance to the Earth. She did write it and sent it to the theosophical journal called The Quest in 1989 (Winter Edition) complete with a letter from her Woodland Hills home in California. I am reposting it . Thank you for posting it prior .

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