A revised "repost" for Valentine's Day:
You know the feeling, when that hard drive finally crashes. That panic, even if you've been good about backing things up. Something always goes wrong. Something is always lost. Somehow.
The last time, almost nothing survived.…
So, no Oscar for Robert Redford this year?
I just saw All Is Lost last night. I don't see movies in theaters too much anymore--yes, I'm one of those people. Now that I'm older, I'm all about the movie itself. And I prefer to be at home where I can watch it deeply, carefully. Think it though.
This one was hard…Continue
I knew Stephen Sondheim's lyrics before I knew who Stephen Sondheim was.
I was a little ghetto girl when I fell in love withWest Side Story back in 1961. I was an only child with a rich imagination and a yearning to "write"…Continue
Tough year, 2013. For me.
It was the year my friends and I really talked like old folks when we met or phoned. First, the cataloging of new aches, pains and pills. Then, the obits.
We'd done the obits for…Continue
People often ask me how it feels to celebrate the holidays in a place where the chances of a white Christmas are slim to none and Santa's sleigh might be pulled by camels instead of reindeer.
I sometimes refer the Christians who ask to the moment in A Charlie Brown Christmas, when young Linus explains "... what Christmas is all about," by reciting the following excerpt from the…Continue
Part I—the message
First…I am not a “believer” in the sense that word is often…Continue
Roger Ebert is gone. Another friend, cancer now uncontrollable, is in “palliative care.” And a beloved relation called a couple of weeks ago to make sure she had all of my contact info right—she spends more time in the hospital than at home now. And she wants to make sure the man handling her estate can send me a few things……Continue
Last week, I tweeted and Facebook’d a cryptic little message that went something like:
Forget writing formulas: which of YOUR life stories are you telling? The "arc," ordeals and lessons are there. USE them.
If you’re a writer…that’s HUGE. And many…Continue
My daughter went out of her way to befriend a co-worker not long ago. She was constantly expressing concern about her friend’s tendency to clam up in a passive aggressive way over small perceived “slights” and sometimes just…for no real reason at…Continue
Did you feel that?
I did. And it changed me forever.
Back in the 50’s and early 60’s, in my godfather’s church on the south side of Chicago, I would join the congregation and choir to sing an old hymn that begins, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”
I do not think I truly understood what that…Continue
Goodbye my friend...
My own "magical mystery tour" is a lot less magical than this--but it IS "virtual"
That's right, dear friends. I’m on my first book tour. For four weeks. Without leaving home.
No, this is NOT an April Fool's Day joke. Seriously.
It’s a “virtual” book…Continue
Not long ago, I posted a very short story entitled, “Gettin’ my John Boy On.” It was written in fifteen minutes as a “quick write” at a gathering of other writers here in Tucson. And some of you really liked…Continue
Van Halen sez YOLO--so do it RIGHT NOW
I could hear my mother’s voice quite clearly—or…feel her with me, more like, as I pondered this huge, life altering decision.
And I could see my father, smiling and shaking his head because he knew something she didn’t—lots of somethings she didn’t. And would therefore…Continue
Believe the hype this time.
Today, anyone can publish a book. A real book that people can buy online at the click of a mouse from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble or…dozens of other places.
I just did it.
It’s called The Keka Collection, the paperback version is $12.99, and…Continue
Piers Morgan ROARS at gun enthusiasts in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy
I am not a Piers Morgan fan.
Every now and then, I tune in to see him interview someone I really like, and then he gets to that inevitable and oft-lampooned moment when he smiles that…obsequious little smile that makes me shudder, and…Continue