Week 80: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

By | 2019-01-15T21:16:16+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

  Tess of the D'Urbervilles book review There's something about the start of a new year that makes me want to look back - in this case, quite a ways back, to England during what was known as the Long Depression of the 1870s. A financial crisis linked to a dramatic fall in grain [...]

Week 79: The Reader

By | 2018-12-18T15:37:11+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Reader book review "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana, The Life of Reason The Germans have a word for the struggle of those born after the Second World War to overcome the negatives of the past: Vergangenheitsbewältigung can be defined as the public debate that continues to this day [...]

Week 77: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By | 2018-12-04T15:46:31+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book review "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. . . .' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and [...]


By | 2018-11-22T18:12:07+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I wrote this piece not long after my husband, Ken, died in 2016. Earlier this year I submitted it to the Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge sponsored by Exisle Publishing. It has been chosen to be published in the book, Love and Loss, a collection of short stories to be published in April 2020. Check it out on [...]

Week 75: Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing

By | 2018-11-20T15:21:48+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing Elmore Leonard, who died at the age of 87, was one of the most visual writers America has produced. It's no wonder that 26 of his novels and short stories have been adapted for the screen. He had a deceptively simple style that brought his characters [...]