Anthology ahoy!

It’s here!! Of Burgers & Barrooms, an anthology of poetry and prose about fast food joints and bars, arrived on my porch this morning! It’s a gorgeous collection, featuring one of my poems, “Valencia Street, Sunday Morning,” about Clooney’s, a dive bar on the corner near my apartment in San Francisco years ago. I was […]

Sweet and spicy pecan snack

Wintertime in New Orleans means lots of pecans on the shelves. Here’s a quick, tasty afterschool snack. (Also popular when you need a snack-to-share.) If your munchers don’t like spicy treats, make a batch with just the sugar and a little cinnamon. Sweet And Spicy Pecans 2 cups pecan halves 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 […]

Yoga for writers and other creators

Hey all you NaNoWriMo scribes, and everyone else who’s creating with your bare hands! If you’re feeling tight, sore, or tense from hunching over your words or images, here’s a yoga video I found really helpful from Yoga with Adriene. She labels it for musicians, but I think it works for anyone making beautiful things (special […]

Review: In the Shadow of the Sun

North Korea has been in the news a lot lately, and although I’d rather not think about why, my kids have questions: Who are these people, and why are they targeting us? In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien, an action-packed, middle-grade novel, offers a fascinating glimpse into the closed-off culture of North Korea, […]

Roasted carrot po-boy sandwich

So…I’m turning to comfort food a lot lately. Po-boys are a quintessentially New Orleans version of what we in Wisconsin called a sub sandwich: crusty french bread, fried or juicy filling, dressed with mayo, shredded lettuce, and tomato slices, with or without gravy. As vegetarians, my family likes french-fry po-boys (yup, a french-fry sandwich), or […]