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

Hello Agnieszka Giveaway Winners

The Hello Agnieszka giveaway is finished. Thank you to all who entered. And thank you also to everyone who’s shown interest in any of my books by buying them, downloading them free during promotions or reading excerpts of them. Authors … Continued

Dear Kristen: Letters, A Disappearing Art

My niece—the only one I have—sent me a letter. Yes, a letter, with words in black ink that she packed tight on a card. Rarely will you receive letters like this, anymore. Or, at least, rarely have I. Emails are … Continued

No Broad Shoulders? No Romance.

I nearly zapped a historical romance out of my iPad in exasperation, while reading it one evening. Not because it was badly written. Nor was it boring. Rather, it annoyed me that for the umpteenth time, the author describes her … Continued

A Large Income Is The Best Recipe For Happiness — Jane Austen

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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. So says Jane Austen—like her heroines, the ever sensible woman. She probably did believe that. Which is why her heroes are often rich either by inheritance (Darcy, … Continued

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