• Story Starters

    Outside

      “Story Starters” is my creative exercise: 500 words max, 1-2 drafts, inspired by a found image    She watched them sometimes. Standing outside the dining room window. She watched them the way a hungry child watches a bakery. And…

  • I Heart the 80s

    Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen”

    You know how some songs just sort of sum up an entire era? Well, Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” is totally one of those songs for me. Back in the day, back before iTunes and MP3s, CD’s and CD players even,…

  • Little Things

    The weirdest squirrel pics you’ll ever see

    I was recently browsing the Life photography archives, as one does (some really great vintage photos in there by the way) when I came across a rather…bizarre set of pictures. Apparently in the early 1940’s, Life magazine did a feature…

  • Inspiration

    A lovely Story Corps Q&A

    This interview between Joshua, a 12 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, and his mother, Sarah, encapsulates so much of what I think good parenting is all about – and what good relationships are all about, for that matter. I love…

  • Film Flashback

    10 Reasons John Hughes is the Best

    I completely and unabashedly love John Hughes. I mean LOVE him. I love that his movies are smart, and funny, and silly, and sappy. I love that he loves teenagers. I love that he gets teenagers. I love that watching one…

  • Story Starters

    Sleeping Beauty

      “Story Starters” is my creative exercise: 500 words max, 1-2 drafts, inspired by a found image    Frankly, she was sick of that damn glass box. Oh sure, the customers loved it. And Hank claimed a good 10 percent…

  • Inspiration

    Beautiful “Then and Now” Photos

    I’ve seen this sort of thing done before, but there is something about Giuseppe Savini’s version of these Then and Now photos – all in Bologna, Italy – that is just so evocative and heartbreaking. Like stepping back in time. Like seeing…

  • Book Love

    The Grolier Club

    Don’t you just love knowing about secret societies and clubs? It brings back some of the magic of childhood when anything was possible. When Santa was real and there was buried treasure in your backyard and fairies surely existed and…

  • Book Love

    Book lover’s gift guide

    The holidays are upon us, and if you haven’t completed your gift buying its not too late! Honestly, I still think the best gift is a good book. Or, better yet, a stack of good books. OR, if you can’t…

  • Story Starters

    The Secret Ladder

    (“Story Starters” is my creative exercise: 500 words max, 1-2 drafts, inspired by a found image.)  The ladder appeared out of nowhere, but the moment Genevieve saw it she knew who it was from. Three weeks she had waited. Three…