Category Archives: Ruminations

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Wrestling Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome ambushed me recently while I was trying to write an essay for CrimeReads. The syndrome had been dormant for a while, but it took that opportunity to slip up behind me, sink its fangs into my neck and … Continue reading

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Does It Need Magic to Be Fantasy?

Does it? I don’t think so. I love books about magic. A favorite of mine is the kind of story set in a world like ours, where magic exists, either integrated and accepted, or as part of a secret world … Continue reading

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Year In Review

We’re firmly into 2022 now, a good time to take a look back at 2021. Do I expect 2022 to be better? In one sense, yes. I have two books coming out in the first half of this year! Other … Continue reading

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Interlude, with Poet’s Shirt

I don’t know what is about autumn that makes me nostalgic, but something does. Maybe it’s that my birthday comes shortly before the season, and encourages a reckoning, a taking-stock. Maybe I’ve just bought into all the literary propaganda about … Continue reading

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Aging: Walking Through a Diminishing Landscape

What happens when you get older is things go away. People go away, and we all knew that. People who pass away leave a hole in your personal landscape. Maybe it’s a pinprick– the person was a friend of someone … Continue reading

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About That Travel Bar Kit…

Here it is. In this photo, it has three bottles of booze in it already (not included; must purchase separately). It comes with the bar tools featured. From left to right, they include: Juicer Foil cutter/bottle opener Zester Some fancy … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #14: Four Burgers a Year

In the past nine months, Spouse and I, together, have eaten about 34 beef hamburgers. When you divide that by nine, it doesn’t seem so high, until you realize that, pre-pandemic, our burger quotient was about four a year, total. … Continue reading

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As American as Apple Pie

White terrorism is as American as apple pie. Apple pie is an icon of the USA. So is white terrorism. I’m white, I’m in my sixties, I’m female. I was raised solidly lower middle class. (A middle class still existed … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #10: Kids These Days

During the pandemic, we’ve all paid a lot of attention to the big-to-huge social events that have been disrupted; sporting events, weddings, live performances, festivals, graduations, and now probably Thanksgiving. In May, the media devoted attention to the graduating class … Continue reading

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Laurel’s Kitchen

The 1976 edition of Laurel’s Kitchen is the second cookbook someone gave me as a gift. My mom gave me Joy of Cooking when I turned eighteen. She wanted me to have a good, all-purpose cookbook. As she told it, … Continue reading

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