Review of Bringing Down the Duke

Posted on September 25, 2022 at 5:28 pm in

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore My rating: 5 of 5 starsNow I’ve read the entire three-book series and I can’t choose a favorite. It’s probably a tie between book #3, Portrait of a Scotsman and book #1 Bringing Down the Duke, but book #2, A Rogue of One’s Own is a close second. […]

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Scissors vs. Me

Posted on June 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm in

I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with scissors. As a lefty, it’s been a struggle. Starting back in my grammar school days, when no one was supposed to be left-handed, and going forward until now, I’ve never been able to cut straight. And trying to cut something round is even worse. My mother tried, God […]

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Out There Again

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 6:09 pm in

I went out into the wide world and met a friend for lunch. Armed with my mask, socially distancing, hand sanitizer, and a fully efficacious vaccination. Guess what? It felt good. It felt close to normal. Maybe not completely normal, but closer than I’ve been in a good long while. I wondered if I could […]

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Politics Makes Old People Crazy

Posted on February 13, 2021 at 6:12 pm in

My grandfather used to pay his taxes in Roosevelt dimes. And he was particular about pronouncing the name “ruse-a-velt” because he believed it was a smear on the man he blamed for his higher taxes. Although Franklin Roosevelt didn’t institute income taxes, he did start graduated taxes brackets where the wealthier paid more than others. […]

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The Lockdown Lowdown

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 4:50 pm in

First, I stopped wearing my watch. Why not? I was home all day. I have a grandmother clock that bongs, I have clocks on my stove, TV, DVD player, laptop, and phone. Then, I stopped wearing shoes. I keep a pair handy, but mostly I’m in socks and slippers. COVID-19 is turning my life into […]

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The Scene That Wasn’t

Posted on September 10, 2020 at 8:04 pm in

NOTE: The following scene from WHEN ALICE PLAYED THE LOTTERY just hit the editing room floor. It describes the main character, Alice, a widowed receptionist at a failing startup in Silicon Valley, meeting the new VP. She is a technology-challenged receptionist who runs the company lottery pool. But what high-tech worker hasn’t been here? The […]

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Thanks for the Smile

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 3:17 pm in

DATELINE, CALIFORNIA, April 10, 2020 Today, I stood in a long line outside the grocery store, each person heeding the marks to stay six feet apart as they waited to enter. A very old man stood in front of me. May 85 or so, bent forward from age and pulling a rolling cart behind him. […]

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Adventures in Publishing

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 6:38 pm in

So, you managed to write a book. You managed to get it published. You managed to make it available to the general public. Soar, little story, soar! Not so fast. You gotta promote it. OK, all my friends know. Even my acquaintances know. In fact, I think they’re sorry they know. I really don’t want […]

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Overheard on a Train

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 4:06 pm in

An excerpt from A PRIMROSE IN NOVEMBER The couple managed to squeeze into a small seat on the train just inside the door beneath the fire extinguisher. Across from them sat older three ladies, returning home from a day’s shopping in Portsmouth. Their numerous, multicolored bags crowded the overhead rack. They contained the day’s bounty […]

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The Old Wooden Bench

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm in

There used to be an old wooden bench by the side of the road near Greenfield, California. Behind it lay a field of lettuce with head after head of leafy green pearls strung in perfectly straight strands. The rows spread wide at the road, like an open fan, and joined at a point in the […]

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