Follow Friday: Songs Like Books

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?   “Welcome to the Jungle” reminds me of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It may be partly because Butcher released a collection of short stories called “Welcome to the Jungle” based on those […]

Daily Indulgences: Why I Won’t Settle for Pale Imitation Dieting

One of the first things that happens when I go on a diet is people start suggesting low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb, or generally pick-your-favorite-low recipes. “You’ve got to try my cherry pie with Splenda! You’ll never notice the difference!” (Yes, I will.) “These black bean brownies are delicious!” (I’m thinking of another word that begins with […]

Attn Fellow Chocolate Snobs: An Easter Lesson

Whew! I managed to pull off Easter for the family this year, but it was a near thing. And really, my reasoning was sound. Why stock up on Easter candy weeks in advance, only to have it sitting on a shelf or in a closet, tempting me? Oh, it’s “hidden” from everyone else, but *I* […]

Follow Friday #138

Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?   The biggest mistake I made at first was simply not hooking up with other bloggers. I just kind of put my stuff up there and wandered away, wondering if […]

The Next Big Thing – A Blog Hop

1) What is the working title of your next book? My “next” four books have already been written and will be coming out back to back to back starting in May, with Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. The rest of the books in the series are Secrets and Lies, Mind Games, and Dreamer. As for what […]

Running the Mile

When I was a kid, I was pretty much the stereotypical nerd. Okay…okay…I still am! But I’m wiser now. For one thing, I’ve learned that I can run…maybe not quickly, but I can do it. I’m not that kid hopelessly watching the natural athletes from the sidelines as I once again feel the dawning certainty […]

A Letter to Santa

Dear Santa: You’ve pulled off the jolly old fat man image for centuries, and I think that’s terrific. I really do. It’s wonderful that you enjoy life, cookies, and cocoa, and particularly amazing that you have a special kind of magic sustaining your health so that year after year, you can be a symbol of […]

Couch 2 5k

Couch 2 5k is a popular fitness program I first ran across a couple of years ago, when a friend of mine tried (and successfully completed) it. The idea is simple: You live a sedentary lifestyle? In nine weeks, this program will get you running a 5k, or about 3.2 miles. You workout for about […]

Vote NO on Woman Suffrage

Yesterday, in the midst of all the election hubbub, I found myself going to Wikipedia to refresh my memory of the history of women’s suffrage. We gained the right to be full, deciding citizens of this nation in 1920, not even 100 years ago. Later in the evening, one of my Facebook friends shared this […]

Happy Election Day (US)

We are amazingly privileged to be citizens of the Untied States of America, and for so many reasons. We live in a society with advancements to make our lives easier, with educational opportunities to make the world fairer, and of course, with the world’s best military to keep us safe. We get all of that, […]