Bird Watching and Writing

I am a birdwatcher. Not the kind who can’t go out without my binoculars, but the kind who feeds hummingbirds and notices when a sharp-shinned hawk is building her nest in the woods behind my house. I also watch the … Continue reading

Maudie: A Romance with Art

If you think you’ve got it bad, get over yourself and go to Maudie, a quiet yet moving film about Canada’s most famous folk artist. Sally Hawkins is incredible as the irrepressible, smart, yet fragile Maud Lewis. Ethan Hawke admirably … Continue reading

Quotes on Babies, Unicorns, Smart Women

A lot of people are saying a lot of cool stuff, and I decided, because I am a daughter of a man who had Alzheimer’s, to jot them down before they disappear from my brain cells. Some are from favorite … Continue reading

Just Go On Into the Bathroom; I’ll Be Right with You

I don’t sit around thinking of trouble for my characters all the time. Sometimes, I have to pursue writing that pays. One way I keep the wolf from the door is by writing press releases for Karastan and Mohawk Home. … Continue reading

The Change Cometh: MIB vs. MIL

Maybe it’s not disease or crime or tripping over the cat that kills us. Maybe it’s change. In this winter of impossible snows, devious ice, and sub-zero temperatures that stab through bone, I am thinking of my mother-in-law (MIL). Hoping … Continue reading

Why You Need a Nature Lover in Your Life

We should all know someone who reminds us of the joys of natural phenomena. These are people who drag you into a snowstorm to feel the cold kiss of snowflakes on your cheek. They grab your book from your hand, … Continue reading

Why I Spend Halloween in the Basement

Our marriage is a Halloween-free zone.We also avoid restaurants with themes, ever since the waiter at Renaissance Buffet plopped down on one knee, thumped his chest, and said, “My liege, might I suggest a hearty meat pie or a joint of … Continue reading

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