The Evolution of a Song

Posted Jul 31 2012

As I work on my newest novel, The Wager, I’ve been constructing a playlist on YouTube as mood music to write by. Based on suggestions from various people, from NPR’s 50 Favorite Songs on 2012 (so far) and from the recommendations YouTube makes in response to these jumping off points, to evoke different scenes from […]

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Nuts or Normal?

Posted Jul 24 2012

At the gym the other day, on one of the omnipresent overhead TVs, I saw a segment on Fox News called “Normal or Nuts?” On it, people write in to describe a situation about which they feel uncomfortable and then ask Fox’s opinion about whether it’s normal for this situation to bother them. One example […]

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My Little Town Tuesday: Signs and the Questions They Raise

Posted Jul 17 2012

What kind of motorcycle gang is so concerned with litter control that they’ll commit to keeping a two-mile stretch of road clear of debris for two years? (And do a very good job of it, by the way.) Lifelike what? Boobs? Dolls? Taxidermy? (Turned out it was hair replacement.) And, finally, what the hell was […]

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Retirement Readiness

Posted Jul 11 2012

For the past several years, whenever I’ve taken a week of vacation, it’s left me feeling grouchy about having to go back to work. “Lots of women don’t work,” my inner whiner grumbles, “why do I have to?”  The simple answer is “because you like living indoors,” of course, but I came away from last […]

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Overheard at a Nursing Home

Posted Jul 3 2012

My mother-in-law had a stroke a few years back, forcing her to move to an assisted living situation. It’s been sad watching this vibrant woman confined to a wheelchair, but some pretty funny stuff happens there. This story is courtesy of my lovely sister-in-law…. Two elderly people, a man and a woman, were sitting outside […]

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