Okaaay, Minnesota. What’s up with you?

I recently attended a performance of the Fab Four—a Beatles tribute band at the State Theater in Minneapolis and was horrified by the audience’s reaction. They just sat there. And stared lifeless as the cute boys with mop tops came out with their black suits and skinny ties on the mock Ed Sullivan stage and began rocking I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The backdrop played … Continue reading Okaaay, Minnesota. What’s up with you?

My Money Tree is a Greedy Tramp

And possibly dying? Nooo. Please don’t die. I hover over this plant. It’s the only plant I ever talk to. I think about it way too much. It owns me. We’re in a useless, one-sided relationship and it makes me want to put both of us out of our misery and toss it out. It’s got yellowing leaves and somewhere along the line I recall … Continue reading My Money Tree is a Greedy Tramp

Hope in a Versatile Package

I’m waiting for the big football game, trying not to snack on the chips my husband poured into a bowl on the center island. Thanks for the temptation, George. Thank God they’re not BBQ, I’d be lost. So a supposedly fun writing exercise is to pick a letter and then four random words beginning with that letter and then write a story using them. I … Continue reading Hope in a Versatile Package

Desert Big Horn Sheep. What’s up Fellas?

Look at them, hanging around on high rocks. What are you doing up there? It’s almost like they’re climbing around just so they can get a view of the world from a different vantage point. It’s like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid scoping the terrain for the super-posse as they do their hard scramble up the cliffs. I’ve done a bit of research on … Continue reading Desert Big Horn Sheep. What’s up Fellas?

The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that the Golden Globes are on this weekend! Yay! I’m excited and moderately prepared. I’ll be ready, cocktail in hand, for the red carpet—arguably one of the highlights of the evening for me. The fashion is everything, but the show, this year hosted by Ricky Gervais, should be fun too. My husband and I have watched as many of the nominated … Continue reading The Good News and the Bad News

When Bad Things Happen to Good Cookies

Does this picture of a gingerbread man lolling in a cup of cocoa give you the creeps? You know he’s a cookie, right? He’s dissolving in there. Why is this a feel-good picture and why is that damn cookie smiling? This kind of stuff always makes me nervous. It’s the Toy Story Affect. You can’t have it both ways and see toys as real and … Continue reading When Bad Things Happen to Good Cookies

Art History Comes Alive

I love Khan Academy and Smarthistory for their free sites which help me learn about everything I slept through in high school and college. But I especially love Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker who teach art history. I’ve spent over a hundred hours devouring everything in that subject and have only scratched the surface. Through essays, and pictures, and videos, I’ve learned about … Continue reading Art History Comes Alive

Sometimes I Just Need A Cookie…

…..and to write. It’s a perfect pairing on this wonderful Christmas Eve and a break from other activities. This year I mismanaged my schedule and our go-to kennel did not have any reservations left for our dog. Oops. This meant I had to search elsewhere for boarding the wild beast, and it just didn’t work out. So, I’m missing the family gathering, and my son … Continue reading Sometimes I Just Need A Cookie…

An Unexpected Discovery

While engrossed in the editing process of my latest book—Fisher of Men, Book Five of the Carrows Family Chronicles, I became worried that a central character had cried too much. Granted there was a ton of stuff coming her way, but I paused before changing the words in a key scene and did a word find of the manuscript to see how many times I’d … Continue reading An Unexpected Discovery