Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

I learned many lessons from the late author chef Anthony Bourdain, including: Pho isn’t merely soup, and it doesn’t come in a brick of dried noodles to be rehydrated. Shallots are the kinder, gentler cousins of onions. Bind up those chicken legs and wings...

It’s not hoarding. It’s ABUNDANCE!

I’m a reading dragon with a hoard of books. You say that like it’s a bad thing. Yes, sometimes my To Be Read pile slides, like the avalanches Bilbo triggers.   And, yes, I’m just as grumpy as Smaug when an avalanche suggests my hoard may be out...

Why I’m playing #WinAndYou’reIn

Not just because I’d like a trip to the Breeders Cup at Del Mar and a possible meet-and-greet with jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert and a tour of the Del Mar backstretch. That would be wicked cool. I also figured the campaign would be good experience...

Lessons from Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda

I’d just posted to Twitter’s #Fridayreads about a book titled MONSTER LOYALTY: HOW LADY GAGA TURNS FOLLOWERS INTO FANATICS by Jackie Huba. Okay, the word “fanatics” suggests unpleasantness, but the word “fan” derives from it. We all...

The 2017 SinCNE “Murder by the Minute” CT edition

I read an excerpt from my short story “On Like Donkey Kong,” published this year in FISH OUT OF WATER: A GUPPY ANTHOLOGY for the Connecticut edition of a Sisters in Crime New England event. Sisters in Crime New England holds a “Murder by the...