Away

Away

At first my daughter and I called them mini-vacations, then we switched to getaways, and finally simply “away.” Nothing fancy but a must was the second floor, a double queen-bed room with a balcony, and a water view. First “away” was to Port Angeles, Washington. We...
How Sausage is Made

How Sausage is Made

As a kid, I watched my Grandma Rosie make link sausage (all that gross fat and pork). Gross! Remembering that experience, I am thinking about the midterm elections on November 8th. Like who can ignore them? I thought since we have candidates promising us the sun and...
The End of Books?

The End of Books?

As an author, I found a recent article about Amazon’s and especially Barnes & Noble’s new book buying practices disturbing. Amazon began cutting back on buying hardcover books starting with the pandemic. As for Barnes & Noble, their policy has been to cut back...
Life and Death

Life and Death

Both life and death have been in the news of late – the Queen’s long life and passing, a renewed debate on when life begins, and the fragile life of people around the world suffering from war, famine, and migration. As for death, the inevitable bookend no matter...
Strange Old World

Strange Old World

Maybe you have, like me, noticed it’s a strange time here on earth. We have a new passion for confronting some dreadful aspects of our history as a nation and even more of a focus on smaller segments of the population. DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) has worked...
What Did You Say?

What Did You Say?

Somewhere in the middle of my first head cold in umpteen years, I lost my hearing. Well, not entirely, because every supine night and into the following day I could hear my stomach gurgle, my heart beat, and the butterflies that had found their way into my ears. My...