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Baby Boomer, Grrrrandma, Urban Goddess
JULY 31, 2013 12:19PM

The Writing Life of (O') Reilly

Busy, busy, busy!

Yesterday's radio interview with James Kelly of the "Aspects of Writing" show on KLAV was super! Lots of fun, I got to talk about Spunk, a Fable, and I made two nice new friends, James and his co-host, Janet. Looking forward to my next appearance… Read full post »

Since self-publishing Spunk, a Fable, I have been on an incredible learning journey. Actually, even before I self-published the novel, I learned to apply the knowledge I've gained from a long career in publishing to the tasks of typesetting and layout, and coordinating with an artist/designer for… Read full post »



Forced by fire to flee their native habitat, wild cougars have been turning up in suburban Las Vegas backyards, frightening householders with their antics, and even threatening small pets, say officials.

"They usually stay hidden during the day, as it takes, like, forever/
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Thanks, author and speaker Renee Fisher, for your hilarious series of Huff Po articles on "Sex and the Sixty-Year-Old." In Part 2, excerpted here, we learn of Renee's friend Susan, a 60+ woman who is trying her luck at internet dating. Sadly, most of that… Read full post »

 Everyone knows that the first book ever printed was The Gutenberg Bible. Do you know what the second was? 

 What's Wrong with the Publishing Industry

 By the time I was ready to write my first novel, the publishing industry was, if not on it's deathbed, at least feeling very poo… Read full post »

Writes Novel, Spunk, a Fable, Defending Gender

May 23, 2013

Las Vegas, NV— When it hit bookshelves in the fall of 2012, journalist Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (Riverhead, 2012) provoked
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I had to wait until both my parents were dead, both my marriages were over, and all my children were too old to be traumatized by anythinRead full post »

APRIL 22, 2013 3:25PM

Nutella Is Not a Health Food

Some silly person back east is suing the good folks who make Nutella, claiming she thought their advertising campaign showing a family consuming a breakfast including a smear of Nutella scraped over a slice of whole-wheat toast, along with a glass of milk and an orange was false advertising, leading… Read full post »
APRIL 18, 2013 3:35PM

Happy Birthday, Grannie Ginn




On this day in 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland, a female child named Helen was born to a young weaver named Helen Kelly and what we today would call her "boyfriend," a fellow whose name was either Bernard or Patrick Havlin. The child'sRead full post »

APRIL 16, 2013 12:01PM

Spunk--Is It in You?


Cover Art Selection


Writing is the easy part. After 17 or 18 traditionally published books, I've pretty much got the writing part down pat.

Book design, cover art, layout, etc., are probably better left to the pros, but I can't afford pros, so I'm doing most of it myself, with… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2013 4:48PM

Ban ALL Marriage

At the risk of alienating, or at least, annoying, many of my friends, both gay and straight, who have turned facebook red in the last day or two, wondering, why has being married taken on such social significance that gay men and women, who once celebrated theirRead full post »

After at least two decades fending off the fame enjoyed by her more talented, or at least less oddly unsettling, musical contemporaries, folk singer Michelle Shocked is getting more publicity than ever. Sadly, it has nothing to do with her music, which was usually classified as "indie-… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2013 2:57PM

White Smoke, New Pope, Who Cares?

I may have become so sophisticated that I look back with bemusement at my devout Roman Catholic girlhood, when I attended Mass on Sundays and my bedroom wall was hung with a portrait of Pope John XXIII sprigged with a bit of Easter palm.

When I had a small, white… Read full post »

North Korea is said to be a desolate, frozen, land, with a terrain like a charcoal briquette, and populated by an angry, starving, dwarf-like people, led by a demented, overweight son-of-a-despot. Can it be so different from its southern neighbor?

The Imperial Spa, located north of Sahara Avenue and… Read full post »

 I never longed for a daughter that I could dress like a Disney Princess-- I wanted sons, and I got lucky, 'cause sons is what I got.

Starting in the year of the bicentennial, and at two to two-and-a- half year intervals afterward, I had three of them. Raising those boys… Read full post »

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Mindy McCready, Country Singer, Alcoholic, Dies at 37. Well, at least she lasted ten years longer than Amy Winehouse. 
When will we learn that twelve-step programs are Anonymous for a reason? The very idea that an alcoholic or addict of any kind can achieve lasting r… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 13, 2013 7:41PM

On Valentine's Eve

My hands are full.

I need to put something down.


In the too-short evening, in order to love you,

I need to let go of myself.


I will empty my hands of myself,

In order to carry your love.

 helen  kim

Leaving myself to love you, then,

In the too-short… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2012 4:40PM

Who's Suckling Whom?

Salon's always excellent Mary Elizabeth Williams has a blog today on Time Magazine's provocative new cover article, Are You Mom Enough? which is, as Williams points out,"accompanied, by the way, by a picture of a hot blonde and her 3-year-old son standing on a chair to suckle her breast. " (Partial… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2012 10:06AM

Book Bust!

One of the last things my short-lived association with my lovely, local PR person produced was an agreement to promote my books, particularly my spiritual memoir, The Soul Workout, at a series of readings and signings at a local coffeehouse chain . . .  not Starbucks . . . another chain-that-sha/
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MAY 8, 2012 12:04PM

Mother's Day

Greetings, Urban Goddesses, Glam-mas, Glamazons, and GILFs! Mother's Day approaches. I don't think I've been doing it right, because for me Mother's Day usually involves a visit from the family-- all eleven sons, daughters-in-law, and related offspring, plus a girlfriend,  if mid
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In today's Slate magazine online, the ever-charming Simon Doonan asks, "Where did all the accomplished people go?" It's true, there used to be celebrity poets. Now there are Kardashians. I think I know why.
Marshall McLuhan, the celebrated (!) Canadian communicatio
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APRIL 16, 2012 1:55PM

Pancake Party!

Juno, my niece, and her husband, Aaron, came to town last week. The only time she had for a visit was Saturday morning, and a Saturday morning visit means just one thing around these parts: Pancake Party!
Sarah, my daughter-in-law (of My Family Herbals) makes a delicious chamomile-infused syrup/
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I get it.

Conservative America embraces "stand your ground" laws, because everywhere they look, their ground IS threatened.

While Progressive America keeps moving the tent pegs farther and farther apart, stretching the fabric of the constitution to cover more and more of those who had been left… Read full post »

On the way to work this morning, I was mostly listening to KNPR like a good progressive. I was also making the decision to yes, take the freeway, indicating, changing lanes, and generally just listening with half an ear. I heard a news report about a "hate crime" (like there are "love"… Read full post »

MARCH 28, 2012 9:42AM

Writing Is the Easy Part

Thanks, thanks, thanks, to my PR-person extraordinaire, Kathy Kubic, as National Poetry Month gets off to a perfect start with the publication of Pick a Poem AND my profile, by Andrew Kiraly, in Desert Companion Magazine!  You'll be hearing more from me about Pick a Poem in the days and week/
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