Energy Efficient Appliances… Is it Me?

I am all about taking care of Mother Earth and better stewardship and doing my part. I own an energy-efficient washing machine and dryer. I even received a tax credit for purchasing appliances that were “energy star” or some-such. Joke is on me. And I’m sure I’ve more than spent that credit… on the electric… Continue reading Energy Efficient Appliances… Is it Me?

Reading Nook

Early Eclectic Reading Nook

Who knew a simple reading nook could be such a draw to a diverse range of ages and interests? I created a little reading nook for myself in my postage stamp-sized living room. It’s where my big TV used to sit, the focal point of the living room. When I canceled cable in hopes of… Continue reading Reading Nook

Doctor, I’m Experiencing Creatile Dysfunction

I wonder how long it will be until pharmaceutical companies conjure up a little pill to end creative slumps. Here is my creative contribution, a medical term they can latch onto: creatile dysfunction. I am at present experiencing creatile dysfunction. My symptoms are: racing thoughts about getting through the holidays, inability to concentrate on anything more creative than… Continue reading Doctor, I’m Experiencing Creatile Dysfunction

My Freaky, Icky, Ew List

If anyone were to overhear the conversations of a group of writers when they get together, they’d either run away in terror or notify the authorities – or both. There’s something to be said about having the freedom to say whatever is on your mind in the name of artistic expression that is absolutely, imagination-satisfyingly delicious. And at times,… Continue reading My Freaky, Icky, Ew List

Bookshelf Bonanza

I love visiting a Facebook site called “No, I do NOT have too many books!” Featured are dream photos that any book lover would enjoy: books stacked, arranged and otherwise stuffed in ways that span the spectrum of book storage. Some photos show the simply utilitarian method, shelves stocked, every last inch of space taken with… Continue reading Bookshelf Bonanza

Writing: the Craft? Please.

There are a lot of writers who refer to writing as “the craft.” Crafts involve cute pairs of scissors, richly-colored markers and pencils, glittery paints and don’t-sniff-the-glue. But writing? I think of it more often than not as the proverbial blood, sweat and tears–BST. Playing with those letters, BST… sometimes you feel you’re at your… Continue reading Writing: the Craft? Please.

Self-Reliance

The East Coast was slammed by Hurricane Sandy a week ago. I am most fortunate that my area dodged that destructive weather system. Seeing people struggle in the aftermath is heartbreaking, the pictures and stories of devastation shudder-inducing and a prayer that “there but for the grace of God go I…” (Not that weather systems… Continue reading Self-Reliance

Horror Reading Blitz

  freedigitalphotos.net It’s October, and like many–I love Halloween. This year I’m working on celebrating it a different way: less candy, more reading. I’ve been immersed in the horror classics, with some Edgar Allan Poe short stories, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. I hope… Continue reading Horror Reading Blitz