There’s no sugar coating it: I am, by nature, an anxious person. My anxiety is slow and simmering. I don’t have “big events,” like panic attacks. I just walk through life [...]

Why blog

Yesterday, I posted what can only be described as a gibberish post.  I was exhausted, it was a crazy day and it had been weighing on me that I hadn’t gotten to the blog. So, when I finally [...]

The klutz

If you’re ever in my neck of the woods and want to say hello, you can catch me going for my morning walk in a new(-ish) section of a county park that was built right in my town.  It has a [...]

Dear Home Depot

Dear Home Depot: The fact that you know I just cleaned out my garage and now incessantly show me ads for garage organization stuff is starting to creep me out.  Also, too late. P.S. – my [...]

Alert: writer humor

We writers are a pretty nerdy bunch.  (We wear it as a badge of honor).  So if you’re not a writer, you may want to look away now. If you’re still here, let me tell you that this [...]

In detox

It began somewhere south of Big Sur.  My precious iPhone, which I cradle like a premature infant and which, in gratitude, rewards me with non-stop information, entertainment and love, stopped [...]

I am becoming a man

Okay, here it is, my big announcement: I’m considering becoming a man.  It’s a man’s world.  Maybe it’s time I just go with it. I mean in a literary capacity, of course. [...]

Facing the written page

A lot has been written about “facing the blank page,” that moment so many writers dread.  But less has been written about facing the already-written page, a process that, for me, is [...]

A double identity

You might say I was fated to be a writer – either that, or a con-artist or a spy or some other kind of criminal – because I was endowed at birth with a double identity. – [...]

The last Jew

The other day I was Googling the current Jewish population of various countries (it’s for a book).  I scanned the list. Curious even after I had the information I needed, I continued down [...]

The dorm picture

It was a simple Facebook post, the likes of which I’ve probably seen a dozen times.  It had a picture of a dorm room, with a friend’s caption, “My daughter is all moved [...]

Like a virgin

Hi honeybees!  Sorry I abandoned you again yesterday. I was doing a thing! Not content to slack off from work for nearly two weeks in California, I took the rest of this week off to putter around [...]


I don’t sleep through the night, usually.  I wake up around 3:00 a.m., wide awake and curious, and can’t go back to sleep for an hour or so.  I’ve always assumed this was due to [...]

The latest with me

Hi lovies.  I’m ba-ack!  Didn’t know I was gone?  That’s because I worked double-time before my whirlwind trip to California to leave a post a day scheduled.  I almost made it [...]

The easy life

My life is not something I’d normally think of as easy. It’s not hard, mind you. I’m hardly complaining. But I’ve got to juggle day job work, writing work, child rearing, [...]

The wait

Here’s something for the “creepy” file: when you search for local businesses, Google will soon start showing you a graph of the busiest and least busy times to visit.  Want to [...]

The vocal fry

It has a name!  Not only a name, but a whole controversy!  I am not the only one to notice it and be driven mad by it. The vocal fry. I blame Paris Hilton for it.  She’s the first time I [...]