JUNE 5, 2013 9:06AM

Learning not to be a Sailor

When I was growing up, there was no cursing allowed around our house.  We five kids were very close in age, and my mother never allowed anyone to say bad words because we might pick them up. 

As I grew up, went to college and ran into adult situations,… Read full post »

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a morning newsletter on the state of the media (http://www.mediabistro.com/).  This makes fascinating reading, so fascinating that I am now putting it in my "To read later" file. 

Why do I have a "To read later" file?  Because if… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 11:15AM

Nobody Knows Where the Time Goes

Somehow, I thought I'd be further along in my quest to have no hidden spaces in my house.  You know, those rooms you have to close off because they're such a disaster, those closets you can't open without something falling on your head, those drawers that hold things… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2013 11:09AM

Asking permission:

I’m writing a story about what happened during my sister’s recent coma.  She was in a coma for weeks, on a breathing tube, and there were times when we worried that she wouldn’t make it.  I drove up to Birmingham, Alabama to help my parents, who were also suffering from th… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2012 2:04PM

Stop and See

Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds

You and your arithmetic will probably go far

Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds,

Seems to me you'd stop and see how beautiful they are.


It wasn't the presents. It wasn't the party. It wasn't the invites. It wasn't the redone house.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 10:39AM

Living in a Construction Zone

The cats race through the house, looking wildly behind them - except Speedbump, the three-legged cat.  He swishes his tail angrily and swats at my foot as I walk by. (Hey, like it's my fault!)  The dogs are hiding in the bedroom,… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2012 2:43PM

Knowing When to Say Nothing

My son, Bryan, came to visit last week with his girlfriend, Lisa. We had a wonderful time.  It was great getting our families together for dinner, spending hours talking to them about their life in New York.  My son is funny and bright.  He said coming home to Gainesville was like… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 9:15AM

The New Normal - Slave Labor

If you want to be a writer, all you have to do is write.  Sounds easy, yes?  But if you want to make MONEY being a writer, that's different.  Most writers  either teach or spend half their lives promoting their books.  It used to be you could be… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 3:17PM

Those crazy writers

We've lost some great writers recently.  Makes me remember all the good times they provided for me.  And it reminds me how much I cherish all the ones I'm still trying to find time to read.

It has been my experience that most writers are weird, and I include myself in… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2012 2:35PM

Oh, Yeah, Natural Beauty, Indeed

This morning, on Good Morning, America, we were introduced to Florence Colgate, the girl who beat out 8,000 other women to become the ultimate natural beauty in Britain.  This girl is so gorgeous it’s staggering.  She looks like she has makeup on, blushing cheeks, perfectly colored li… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2012 1:05PM

Telling the Truth in your Own Way

I recently read an essay in The Journal, the literary magazine at Ohio State University, and it set off a tirade of my own: 


I am an award winning essayist, and I have a lot of problems with the way Mike Daisey presented not only his facts,… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2012 11:08AM

Preparation - the control freak way

Tomorrow I have to get a tooth out.  Now, I'm sure when most people get a tooth out, they just go to the oral surgeon, relax, get knocked out, and then go about their business.  Me, I'm so allergic to anesthetic, I go into total panic mode.  I… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2012 3:58PM

Absurd conversations, Part Two

From a conversation my husband and I had during a recent trip when three motorcyclists screeched to a halt in front of me suddenly in the middle of a four-way intersection:

Him:  You should have hit the horn.

Me:  Gasp, gasp.  Uh, I was busy slamming on the brakes.Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 3:29PM

Absurd conversations, Part I

 Conversation with my dogs:

Seriously?  You want to go out?  You do know it's below freezing, right?

It's too hot in here, you hairless infidel.

I'm trying to protect you.  They say bring in your pets and plants.

We have a couch.  We have a utility room. Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2012 10:26AM

Maybe I'm crazy

Sometimes I'll hear a song on the radio and I just have to have that song.  I want to listen to it over and over, burn it into my brain.  In most cases, it's because the song makes me recall something in the past, but sometimes, I just fall in love… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 3:32PM

I'm a Cowboy...

I don't know if it's me or the  pod people.  I'm involved with three small genre-specific writers' pods and some of our writers are so, so talented it's amazing.  But lately they've been expressing a character's actions in a way I find totally unbelievable.  And I'm wondering… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 10:38PM

Lovely Time Off

I just want to write all this down before I forget about it.  What a blissful couple of weeks I’ve had, and how fortunate I am.  I finally had some time off, the first time in over 25 years that I’ve had time off prior to Christmas.  Usually… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 3:51PM


I'm starting to get into walking again, and it's killing me.  Why does it take so long to get IN shape but so short a time to get OUT of shape.

There was a confluence of bad timing - I had some feet problems, our dance classes stopped… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 3:08PM

Entangled Qubits

Doing a lot of walking lately to get rid of holiday calories.  Today I walked the Bolen Bluff trail at lunch (cold out there!)  and listened to the book "How the Hippies Saved Physics," by David Kaiser.  Beautiful walk.

As I walked, I remembered an incident that happened many years ago… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 3:01PM

Hanging out at the High School

I want to put this on public record.  I'll be hanging out at the local high school this winter.  With snacks.  Cat treats.  I am going to try to catch Jolly Roger if it kills me.

Jolly Roger is a very distinctive looking cat, very large, who escaped… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 2:39PM

How (not) to write a story

Start by choosing a plot line. In my case I decide to write about a very elaborate lie my ex husband once told me about a man he was jealous of.  In retrospect the lie was funny in a sick sort of way. Possibly would make a humorous… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 4:20PM

Nice Shoes

When my son was about sixteen, we were driving home from school one hot afternoon and we passed a girl washing her van.  The girl was standing on a step-stool, covered in white suds, her long black hair loose and flowing down her back, her little bikini leaving… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 4:59PM

Mother Nature's Way

My daughter, Jessica, is about to deliver our first grandchild.  He could come any day now.  I'm going crazy waiting for him to be born.  I teased her on Facebook the other day that she was driving me crazy taking so much time to have this baby.  But the truth… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2011 1:43PM

Mixed Feelings

My husband Ken’s  band played on the Bo Diddley Plaza last Friday night as part of the City of Gainesville Cultural Affairs program.  The band, Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream, was fantastic, especially given the extraordinary circumstances that occurred while they were playing. Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2011 4:52PM

You don't need kicks

I come from a family of addicts.  Some of us are addicted to music, some are addicted to romance, some are addicted to nature.  I had an eighty-year-old grandmother who almost fell off a mountain once trying to gather the flowers she was addicted to. 

Unfortunately, some of us… Read full post »