Is that groundhog driving a car?

Happy Groundhog Day! Bill Murray and Friend from the movie “Groundhog Day” A.K.A, Imbolc. Or St. Brigid’s Day. Or Super Bowl weekend. Which could be Clydesdale-less, except for this. It all depends upon where you live. Whatever the case, this midwinter...
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...

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...

Celebrating Sasscer Hill’s FLAMINGO ROAD

As her first Fia McKee mystery novel FLAMINGO ROAD is released by St. Martin’s Press, I want to share a story about my friend Sasscer Hill. Over on The Horsey Set Net is a horse-centric post, especially appropriate because Sasscer used to breed, train, and race...