Why We Love Amateur Detectives

In the world of mystery writing, amateur detectives come in all shapes, sizes, skills, pedigrees and even species. They go to bed with us at night, keep us company as we wait for the kids in the carpool, and distract … Continue reading

To Parkland, With Love

The silence must be unbearable—for 17 families of children and teachers gunned down in a Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Those killed take with them the laughter, the love, the chatter over the … Continue reading

It’s Impossible to Be Bored

We all have an insatiable appetite for stories. It’s not just crazy writers and steadfast readers. And because we are unceasingly trying to make sense of all our neural gymnastics, it is impossible to be bored. Author David Gaughran writes, … Continue reading

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

How Yoga and Patanjali Can Help Your Writing

Long ago in a land faraway a humble physician named Patanjali codified his thoughts and knowledge of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. This is a guide for living the right life. It is also a guide to right … Continue reading

I Am Not an Enemy of the People

When I was a child growing up in a small town in Missouri, I watched wrestling every Saturday night on television with my father. Inevitably, I would cry foul at a cheap shot or when a tag team ganged up … Continue reading

Mr. Censor Goes to Washington

As the Academy squabbles about what were the best movies to hide out with in tumultuous 2016, here are a few movies that will NOT make the 2017 Academy Awards: Mr. Censor Goes to Washington: Set in the murky and … Continue reading

Saved by the Great British Baking Show

In this nasty and endless election year, I have turned to The Great British Baking Show for a dose of spirit-reviving civility. Until this year, I never realized how much civility matters. I have always tried to be polite, but … Continue reading

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