American Feast Days. Thanksgiving Vs. Christmas

   Thanksgiving, I remember my mother telling me, takes on a special meaning to immigrants because it celebrates their ties to America. More important than Christmas, because everyone—Jewish, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian—can  remind themselves what they are thankful for in their own way by focusing on family, friends and food. Yes, the traditional mainContinue reading “American Feast Days. Thanksgiving Vs. Christmas”

Ode to the Tomato

There’s a color, tomato red.  Intense, it is the color tomatoes turn when ripening on the vine during a hot dry summer, but never the color of the tomatoes my mother purchased at the supermarket during my childhood. Those tomatoes, lined up in a plastic container and wrapped in cellophane, those tomatoes were a paleContinue reading “Ode to the Tomato”

Writers, Writing, and a Road Trip with Stephen King and Billy Summers

Road Trip. The night before we begin a long drive, stretching five hours or more; my husband and I select a book. I listen to books all the time, when I’m sorting laundry, putting away dishes, filing papers, and my tastes are varied and far-ranging. I read to learn and to expose myself to alternateContinue reading “Writers, Writing, and a Road Trip with Stephen King and Billy Summers”

Clothes Shopping Post Pandemic

As much as I try to stay grounded and practical, trying to recycle already purchased goods, it is still fun to spend money.

Queries, Literary Agents and the Publishing Game

  Like the young hero going on a quest, I’m about to undertake what  is called in the literary world, “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s scary.

Easter 2021 Helps Redefine Normal

We’re just on the cusp of returning to the world we left in Spring 2019, only it’s not going to be quite the same world.

The British Royals, Race, and Bridgerton

One topic of discussion explored in the March 7th Oprah Winfrey interview was how Meghan and Harry felt about the British Royal family’s attitude towards race.

How Does a 21st Century Artist Measure Success?

ARTISTS– How much energy do you want to put into self-promotion ? How much energy do you want to put in creating your art?