Just Because it’s brown — doesn’t mean it’s Chocolate

Sounds like good advice for new parents bringing baby number one home from the hospital. It can also be useful for creative writers who want help their reader “see” their character’s face. But eye color descriptions are mostly worn-out clichés that need a fresh look. And you can get more for your money with creative … More Just Because it’s brown — doesn’t mean it’s Chocolate

How to Write a Smile

, I am a developing writer with a long learning curve ahead. I don’t anticipate ever giving other newbie writers like me lectures on how to improve their craft. That would be a severe case of “blind leading the blind.” I take classes, listen to webinars, and read my share of self-help books on all … More How to Write a Smile

Pounding a Square Peg into a Round Hole

  An interview with the author of “Prayer Wasn’t Enough.” Today I have a guest author, Ms. Dee Ready, who has just self-published “Prayer Wasn’t Enough – A Convent Memoir.” What happens when an innocent college graduate thinks she’s had a visit from “the Cloud of God’s Being?” Overnight, she becomes determined to fashion herself … More Pounding a Square Peg into a Round Hole

Falling Out of Favor

Daily we witness the evolution of products we’ve known, loved, and used for decades go the way of the dinosaur and become obsolete. Last year the list of “going, going, gone” included: Bar soap – replaced by liquid body wash (the dirty little secret here is body wash slips through your fingers and down the … More Falling Out of Favor

Elevating the Common Home Library

As those sepia-toned pages skip electronically across your e-reader, do you miss the feel, the smell, the pleasing sheen of a hardcover book pulled from the shelves of your home library? Do you realize you have a no-electricity-required-home-entertainment-center right under your nose? Home designers and decorators are returning to the idea that hardcover books are … More Elevating the Common Home Library

Found Poetry

  According to Wikipedia – that indispensable fount of knowledge – “Found Poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus … More Found Poetry

The Amazing Story of the Printed Word

Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized book printing when he invented the movable type printing press in Mainz, Germany around 1452. A mere decade or two later, book publishing in Europe mushroomed. Now researchers at the University of Oxford, experts at deciphering dedications written in Latin or Greek, are hunting for these treasures.* They hope to locate and … More The Amazing Story of the Printed Word

The Restaurant Slide

 Kale is so 2017. Who knew? While we ordinary mortals are making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and balance our checkbooks regularly, top chefs across the country are deciding which of the trendiest foods on last year’s menu must go. Why? Because of the dreaded “Restaurant Slide.” According to the Life and … More The Restaurant Slide