White Tea In The Gourmet Ghetto

I’m sampling white tea today. I take my husband to his dance therapy on Monday mornings. The class takes place at a community center in California’s gourmet ghetto, birthplace of sustainably-produced, locally-sourced California cuisine that lets ingredients shine. The main … Continued

Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop

  Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book Who The F*ck Am I?. The title may be a tad controversial to some, … Continued

Cooking As High Art, Eating As Sensuous Experience And Food in Fiction

In the film Babette’s Feast, a highly-gifted chef schooled in cooking as high art escapes war-torn Paris. She finds herself living in gentle servitude to two good and pious  but dour, nearly  joyless, sisters. With no inkling who Babette is, … Continued

Dear Romantically Diffident: Resurrect Romance. You’ll be happier.

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Some years ago, to learn how to use Windows Movie Maker, I borrowed movie clips and music that I cobbled together for some sort of makeshift music video. Stripped of other scenes and selected for their relevance to the music … Continued

How Do I Love Paris? Let Me Count The Ways

I love Paris. Don’t you? My fascination with it compelled me to set two short stories in Brief Encounters with Solitary Souls in Paris. In my last post I refer to one of them. That story is not entirely fiction. … Continued

Literary Appropriation of Real Events: Celebrity at a Paris Café

Quai des Grands Augustins teems with people on this cool but sunny May day in 2004. Often, you can’t get to the end of this Quai without bumping shoulders with other giddy tourists. This stretch on the left bank has … Continued

Art-Making: Express Yourself with Pictures, Not Just Words

We’re lucky, we humans. We have words to express what we think, what we feel, and what we dream. But words are just one way for us to “say” who we are. Many of us also find art-making or music-making … Continued

Book Reviews: Do You Live or Die By Them?

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Don’t you just love, get exasperated, get thrilled, even occasionally feel depressed at book reviews of your beloved creation? You pause, wallow in the feeling, and then, you tell yourself it’s as much about the readers as it is about … Continued

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