Kiss the book!

Yesterday I was delighted to learn that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY was chosen as one of the Top 50 Secondary titles of 2015 by Kiss the Book and presented last week to the Utah state [...]

He is mine!!

Do you ever find yourself feeling a kind of ownership over something or someone you found first?  Like a quirky foreign film you happened to stumble upon at an art house theater, only to have it [...]

The return of happiness

Happiness has returned to my life and its name is… gardening!! I have tried really hard to stay positive through the end of this interminable winter. But just like the urge to pee gets [...]


This weather, which teases every weekend that it will let me out to garden, but then doesn’t, is so deeply disappointing. But what is disappointment, really? It is a failure – of a [...]

Going Crazy

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Germanwings pilot who (allegedly) flew the plane into the mountain with 149 people aboard. I see that the general reaction seems to be anger and [...]

The Power of Flowers

Every year, I go a little nuts on my garden spending.  I’ll gladly forego a new outfit for a beautiful hydrangea (or five).  I’ll hold off on a haircut just to fund my rue and hyssop [...]

The Big Spring Clean

“If you want to change your life, move 27 things,” goes an ancient Chinese proverb.  My life is pretty darn awesome, so I don’t want to change it so much as I want to keep the [...]


Today is the first day of spring, but only in that it says so on the calendar.  We’re in the midst of getting snow.  Yes, again.  Because nature is a maniac now. Here’s a beautiful [...]

Tales of yore

Legends say that beneath this wintry wasteland (photographed below) was once a land called Patio. Old-timers tell that in this magical kingdom, the people prepared for rituals called barbecues [...]

BooksNJ 2015

Want to know my idea of a perfect birthday?!  Spending the afternoon talking books with a few hundred of my closest friends. That’s why I was so thrilled to be invited to participate in [...]

Welcome, fan # 2000!

I woke up to a pleasant surprise today… sometime overnight my Facebook author page reached 2,000 Likes!  It’s not quite world domination, but it’s a good start. If you have not [...]

White is the new March

This is the view from my front door.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  I am soaking up appreciation for it.  Although, I’ll confess, I won’t be sad when it melts into daffodils.   [...]

My longest love affair

Friday night I went into the city to hang out.  I went to a book reading in Soho, then had dosas for dinner with a new friend after that in a tiny hole-in-the-wall Indian place I absolutely love [...]

To March

Dear, sweet March: Welcome back, my beloved friend. I have been waiting for you.  I am so giddy at your arrival. Month of hope and promises. Month of mud and buds. Month of beginnings, including [...]