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Arizona, USA
March 10
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she traveled with and interviewed the top rockers, film stars and other celebrities of the 70’s and 80’s. And dated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once. Her latest book, "The Keka Collection," is available at and Barnes and Noble--Kindle and Nook versions available. Her latest short story, Deadline, is a Kindle book availabled here:





She wooed me with pancakes.

Pancakes that required only three ingredients: two ounces of cream cheese, two eggs, a smidge of Splenda.

Whipped in my Bullet, that quick concoction made a little 344 calorie batch of puffy, golden brown pancakes.… Read full post »


My liberal friends and I prepared for Election Day like survivalists. Or like some folks did back in the "duck and cover" days when people had those bunkers supposedly filled with provisions enough to last 'til the radioactive dust settled after the nuclear holocaust we were so sure w…

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Fifty shades

Never read the book. I couldn't read it.

I really tried. I swear, I did.

But after a few full chapters of, "I HATE this man/Why am is so ATTRACTED to this man" nonsense, I gave up and read an article that listed allRead full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 11:27AM

What Love Looks Like

The Look

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. Ex

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So, no Oscar for Robert Redford this year?

Big deal.

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 wat/… Read full post »



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" someday. And my geeky girlfriends and I,/… Read full post »


 A young Roger Ebert in the Sun Times features department where we sat "desk to desk."

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… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2013 3:44PM

Tis the season to be...lonely

2013-12-17-10179191_s.jpgPeople 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

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Don't think...dream
I've been gone a long time. Intentionally. Sometimes writers have to stop and live a little--to refresh, renew, replenish.
But today I received a link to an article ( by article by Andre Dubus III,  author of The House of Sand and Fog and mor/… Read full post »
JULY 15, 2013 4:38PM

Seeing...AND believing

Smiley dolphin
 "...that dolphin from the joke swam right into my inbox that day. And I saw the Great Whatever in that little smile that dolphins perpetually wear..."


Part I—the message

First…I am not a “believer” in the sense that word is often used.

It’s not t… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2013 1:31PM

The Lord taketh away


Tough year.

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. AndRead full post »

Patricia Smith

Author Patricia Smith--photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths 

Here’s the official bio:

“Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the National Book Award, and her latest, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, a finalist for the William C/Read full post »

Mythic Journeys

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 writers wrote back

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Paperboy poster 

I just saw the worst movie I’ve seen in a long time.

You HAVE to watch it, late some night. You just do.  But…keep the kids out of the room. And squeamish adults. And…anyone who is easily offended or insulted or really PC. Cause when the wheels just fly… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2013 7:58AM

Hopi vs. the Facebook Bully

Hopi girls 

Young Hopi girls, watching a katsina "dance," circa 1906 *

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” anRead full post »

Jade "Soul" Zuberi animates and illuminates on So You Think You Can Dance

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… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2013 4:56PM

The World According to Roger Ebert

Ebert young
 Goodbye my dear friend...
 I really can't write right now.  But I can re-post this piece about Roger that said all the things I never got to say to him over the years we were out of touch after I left the Chicago Sun Times.  They're worthRead full post »
APRIL 4, 2013 12:09PM

FIGHT it, Roger!

Ebert 1969
 A very young Roger Ebert, a few years before we sat "desk to desk" in the features department I was supposed to announce that my "virtual book tour" had begun and to send you over to check out my first "appearance."  And I will.

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 “virtuRead full post »


Old Underwood Typewriter

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 it.

Today, I’m going to sha… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2013 11:06AM

YOLO, baby!

 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&

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 The Keka collection cover
 The book many of my OS soul sistahs and brothas asked me to write


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 or BarnesRead full post »

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 asks:

“So…let me ask youRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2012 2:01PM

Gettin' my John Boy on

John Boy Walton 

I joined a writer's group on a whim last week.  

I wanted to be pushed out of my comfort zone.  

I've never had any trouble being published.  Never had any trouble thinking of ideas to write about on my blogs or...elsewhere.

But something inRead full post »


Here's the thing, Big John.

Anyone who has ever held a position of power of any kind has had to do what Susan Rice did the day she read the only information she had about Benghazi, at the time, to the press.

You know it.  AndRead full post »