Ten Days in the Valley – must watch 

It seems like twenty years ago when Kyra Sedgwick was last on television. As a huge fan of The Closer, when I heard she was back, I knew I must tune in. Ten Days in the Valley does not disappoint. The writing is not as strong as The Closer, yet Sedgwick makes each scene shine. …

Plant-Based Diet/Lifestyle

As I started to read the book Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD (2015), I came across a startling quote in the introduction. What I read shocked me! Across the world there are two and a half million people with multiple sclerosis (a disease which took my mom’s life in 1996). There has not been…

Welcome October! 

October is a welcomed month in Phoenix. It means the summer is finally over, as is monsoon season. October means open windows in the morning and a few in the evening come mid-month. For me, October is much more than fall weather (although I love that). October is a time to look back on what…

Write for YOU! 

I’ve been working on a specific manuscript for about a year or so now. It has received a lot of positive responses and feedback. It received a full request and a revise and resubmit along the way. But, I’m here to tell you why it’s important to write the story for YOU. On my revise…

Writing can be Exhausting

Writing and submitting is much like landing a job interview. You search where to send your story, tweak your cover letter to match the organization, and submit. Unless you are an artist or writer it’s hard to understand how creativity can he tiring. How much life it can suck out of you. Looking back at…

The Way to Bea and Kat Yeh – book review

The Way to Bea is not as good as The Truth About Twinkie Pie, but nothing ever will be! Not even if it’s the same author. It’s not to say I didn’t love her latest book, The Way to Bea, I did (and I’ll get to that in a second), but how does anyone top…

Map ~ 5 minute fiction 

She ran her fingers along the map. Tracing the journey she wished to take. Every night, when she slid under her sheets, she repeated the process.  Light on, map out, tracing first by sight, then by memory. Two times, then she paused her eyes at the frame ontop her nightstand.  She folded the map up,…

Handling BAD Book Reviews 

We all love it when someone takes the time to write a nice book review. But when someone takes the time to leave a less than steller review…our feelings are not so grateful. I have come across the honest truth that there is not a lot of information on how to handle crappy book reviews. …

Growing – a poem

Green flicker.  Pushed up and out.  Spreading wider in the shine.  Grow to something more.  Become what you will before the cold. 

Plant Based Dump Soup

Much like the famous dump recipes that, while look delicious, but are horrible for you, this is my own soup recipe that is just as easy as those dump recipes. Tomato Basil Dump Soup 1 can of marinara pasta sauce 1 can of white beans – rinsed 1 large or 2 small packages of fresh…

My Peaceful Place

When you were a kid there was always a special place you loved the most. As an adult, when the setting is just right and you close your eyes, it brings you back in a second. The feeling of calmness, peace for your one special place. Mine is my mom’s home. It was as a…