Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Birthday
February 13
Bio
Former journalist, now criminal prosecutor, and award winning essayist and photographer, proves its never too late to make mid-course corrections! Vices include Belgian chocolate, Irish castles, great shoes, long clean shorelines, classic cartoons, big skies and Lee Child "Reacher" novels. Multiple degrees earned in the "school of life" include mother of four, former girl scout leader, truckstop waitress, cocktail waitress, office temp, judicial clerk, and radio talk show host. Latest essay collection, "Fabulous in Flats," just went live, preceded by "Running with Stilettos" and "Heck on Heels." Visit my website at www.runningwithstilettos.com

MY RECENT POSTS

DECEMBER 15, 2013 10:21AM

The GLUTEN FREE Zone

A few months ago, I went “gluten free.” It wasn’t exactly on a lark, but it hadn’t been high on my “bucket list” either. Still, a friend with some auto-immune problems had switched her diet in that direction, and noticed some dramatic improvements in her health monRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 10:03PM

Mississipi Magic

 Late in the afternoon,  we race the setting sun across the length of southern Wisconsin. We win.

Feet in the water at the Mississippi river's edge as evening's glow fades and twilight’s cape spreads luminous across the sky.  Sitting on the long wooden dock as we dangle our toes… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2013 12:01PM

Interview with the Meatball

This post will signal a short break from writing essays, as I focus my writing time and attention on a series of cat-centered children’s books. And so for a change of pace to mark this occasion, we step away from the usual existential rants, paeans to gardening,Read full post »

Throwing the literary barn door open this weekend for cat lovers and cat whisperers. 

Free Kindle download of "The Gateway Cat" on Amazon on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. And remember, you don't need to own a Kindle to read it, Amazon has free "apps" for Kindle on your… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2012 5:30PM

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I first heard about “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop” on a Facebook post from the Florida Writers Association page, when a young writer I’d recently met, Bitten Twice, asked if anyone was interested in participating. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounded like fun! Basical… Read full post »
DECEMBER 7, 2012 5:30PM

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I first heard about “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop” on a Facebook post from the Florida Writers Association page, when a young writer I’d recently met, Bitten Twice, asked if anyone was interested in participating. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounded like fun! Basical… Read full post »
DECEMBER 7, 2012 5:27PM

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I first heard about “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop” on a Facebook post from the Florida Writers Association page, when a young writer I’d recently met, Bitten Twice, asked if anyone was interested in participating. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounded like fun! Basical… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 25, 2012 1:13PM

FREE award-winning book on KINDLE!!

Just in time for the holidays, I’m offering a FREE promotion for the Kindle version of my award-winning book,  "FABULOUS IN FLATS" .  This was the collection of essays that was named “Published Book of the Year” by the Florida Writers Association in 2011.  It was also/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2012 10:57AM

From truckstop to supreme court

Reflections on the importance of government student loan programs.
When I graduated from high school at seventeen, I was living on a farm with no indoor bathroom in the middle of nowhere. My family didn't have an extra dime. When I worked, first as a truckstop waitress and then, afterRead full post »
OCTOBER 2, 2012 8:50PM

New short story on Kindle!

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I'm stepping into new frontiers again with my first official foray into fiction writing--a short story titled "The Wedding Dress" that I've published through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.  After five years of writing essays, I figured it

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 7:31PM

Under Story

My daily walk in the woods around my house with "the critters" is never short on surprises.  Whether it's Lucky the dog flushing a flock of turkeys from a stand of tall grass or Meatball the cat making like a cow pony and galloping to keep up with us, there's always… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 2:18PM

Treasure Hunt!

We were two chicks in a sporty convertible with the top down on a sunny summer day, hunting down a rumor at least fifty years old. Nancy Drew never had this much fun on a lunch hour!

But I digress…as usual.

I work in a splendid little Art Deco

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JULY 17, 2012 11:26AM

Artemis, Among Us

 Sarah practices archery

I'm giving a "shout out" to my younger daughter, artist Sarah Muehlbauer, who managed to fit in some archery practice recently for an upcoming role as Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, in a set of circus aerial performances based on mythology at the Philadelphia School of CircRead full post »

JULY 4, 2012 10:01PM

Mary's Movies

TODAY'S MOVIE REVIEW.

The Samaritan  Samuel Jackson hits another great performance out of the park as a former grifter paroled after 25 years for killing his partner. He's trying to go straight, of course, and the wrong people keep forcing him back in, of course...but this complicated and multi… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 2:26PM

Return to the Fatherland

My father died several years ago, but not long before, my two sons and I took him back to his native Germany to see his family for the first time in decades. This is that bittersweet story, which I first published in 2007.
The sleek black Mercedes sedan devoured the autobahn before… Read full post »
JUNE 12, 2012 12:34PM

Printers Row 2012

 
I spent the entire past weekend in Chicago at the Printers Row Lit Fest which is a books and literary festival of truly epic proportions sponsored by the Chicago Tribune newspaper.  Chicago is my home town, and I consider myself quite lucky to have such fun reasons to… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 9:44PM

Summertime Blues...

 I've been captivated by the "blues" in my garden lately.  I must admit that several of the plants are new (the pincushions, for example), while others (the delphiniums) just keep coming back more lush and gorgeous than the year before.  And my absolute favorites are the handful of dee… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2012 10:05PM

Gone Fishin'

 Gone Fishing
My youngest son eased the SUV backward down the shallow mud slope, putting the wheels of the trailer a few feet into the water. The channel leading to the lake seemed not much wider than the row boat, and I stood a few feet to the side, out of… Read full post »
APRIL 16, 2012 7:53PM

"Heck" is on Kindle!

Just add coffee..and sigh! I'm happy to share that I finally managed to upload a full-color version of my second book, "Heck on Heels," to Amazon's Kindle Store, where I've priced it at $2.99.  The paperback sells for $14.95. Here's the link to check out a free preview, some… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2012 11:24AM

Over my shoulder...

While my family situation and concerns haven't changed since I first posted my "Health Care Manifesto" essay in August, I found it very interesting this morning to find that the same essay, posted on my "Running with Stilettos" website, has picked up a half-dozen views in the last day or so… Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2012 8:50AM

Book of the Year finalist!

Just a short note here this morning to share that my third essay collection, "Fabulous in Flats," made the list of finalists in ForeWord Reviews' annual Book of the Year Awards!  This book is doing pretty well (crossing my fingers here that my luck holds), it was named "Published Book of… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2012 7:48PM

Spring Equinox

The sun is sinking low in the western sky, on a perfect track with the road I live on that runs in a straight line from east to west.  This is the time of year that folks around here usually keep snow boots and shovels in our cars in anticipation

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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 12, 2012 9:24PM

Bluebirds of Happiness, Dandelions of Regret

The bluebirds have returned for the summer.  It's officially not even spring, but it's been an unseasonably warm winter, and they've arrived a bit early.  So early, in fact, that I just had to kick a family of little white-footed mice out of one of the three nest boxes on
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MARCH 2, 2012 9:46PM

Audio Book Snob

I am still finding my sea legs in the world of appreciating audio books.

I  came late to the table on this new-fangled phenomenon, but that's pretty much par for the course for me.  Now that I've finally mastered the art of burning a song to a CD...music has long since evolve… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:23AM

Emergency Makeup Kit

I've laughed over the years--and been laughed at too, usually by one man or another--at the thought that I've got what I call "emergency makeup kits" stockpiled around. They're filled mostly with tiny makeup samples from bonus times at cosmetic counters--and bagged in one of the myriad colorful littl… Read full post »