New Year reading resolutions

Russia’s in the news, the bogeyman (bogeycountry?) from my childhood, only then it was “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” from a president staunchly opposed to Russian policies and interference (not that he was a peach, either). So here at the beginning of 2019, and after thoroughly enjoying Katherine Arden’s Russian-set The Bear and the Nightingale, I […]

Highlights from summer

Summer flew by! Maybe because we did TWO big trips, to Wisconsin and to Baltimore (with a day trip to Washington D.C.). A few highlights below, but capturing a whirlwind of family, friends, festivals, and big-city sightseeing is not easy. Not in photos, anyway…maybe I’ll try with words now that things have quieted down. To […]

Playin hooky

Woo-hoo! I just finished writing a novel. WHAT?? Okay, it’s another draft of the book I’ve been working on for a while, but for the first time I feel like it’s really come together better than before. Now I’m going to set it aside for a few weeks before I decide what needs ironing out, […]

On the mend

Pain management certainly takes a lot of time & energy. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been navigating a fractured, infected tooth, which felt like a knife in my jaw, and a subsequent root canal-turned-ugly-tooth extraction. The dentist said the poor thing was too far gone to save and had to be broken apart […]

Hello, spring!

I know most of the country is still getting blasted by winter, but here in New Orleans, spring is awakening. (It’ll be summer in about 24 hours, so enjoying it while it lasts!)