What Were They Thinking?
Romance Scams: When Love Really Isn’t
Today, after we’ve just celebrated real romance on Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing information I found in today’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune about romance scams. Since these suggestions come straight from the FBI, I’m sure they want this information to be read by any and all who might be affected. The Herald-Tribune article concerned internet scams on the…Read More
I’m Posting, but I Can’t Get Up (on your Facebook Newsfeed)
So, you’ve liked my Facebook Page, but you’ve stopped receiving my Page posts in your Facebook newsfeed. Have I given up on Facebook? Discovered the joys of trying to communicate in 140 characters on Twitter? Decamped to Google+? Not at all? It’s not me posting less, it’s Facebook’s new algorithm program. Don’t stop reading. I won’t…Read More
I Really Want To Know–The Books You Love
I’m on vacation right now, celebrating a special wedding anniversary with my husband. We decided to do a cruise since this year has been very busy and neither of us wanted a busy vacation, too. The idea of sailing almost anywhere and letting somebody else take care of basics for a while quickly grew on…Read More
The Write Way: The Hornets or the Alligator?
Let me tell you a story. A devoted father takes his four children out for a pontoon boat cruise on one of Florida’s wild and scenic rivers. The oldest son is nearly twelve. The youngest is only 18 months. The trip is lovely, but somewhat uneventful, so he lets the oldest pilot the boat. Then…Read More
Banned from Wal Mart, A Cautionary Tale
With Hurricane Sandy and the Frankenstorm coming to many of you, I wanted something quick and entertaining today, just in case you still have power wherever you are. Author M.J. Rose had the following on her Facebook Page, and I decided it fit the bill. She says a friend forwarded it to her, so, for…Read More
Extra, Extra, Read All About It–Lessons From Your Daily Newspaper
I’ll confess, I rarely find time to read the newspaper. This shames me to admit it, so I’ll quickly add that I do read stories online every day. On my iGoogle homepage, I get the highlights from the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Huffington Post Blog Feed, BBC, and Time Magazine. However when…Read More
Cockalorums, Lickspittles and Snollygosters
Today I’m on my way to Hamburg, Germany, where I’ll be doing publicity for my German TV movies, plus spending time with my German publisher, CORA Verlag. I wrote this blog in preparation, but I’ll catch you up on my trip next Friday. Meantime enjoy. Let me tell you about my secret addiction. Nothing illegal, mind you,…Read More
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: Abe Lincoln and the Election of 1860
One of the joys of living in Northern Virginia is experiencing the past. So much American history was made right here, and no drive into the nation’s capital goes by without finding a building I’ve never noticed before, in which events that rocked the world took place. When the National Park Service recently offered a…Read More
Are You Well Connected, or a Slave to Technology?
Our TiVo died. Not without fanfare, and certainly not without warning. For the past four months, in the most interesting part of any program, the picture was nearly guaranteed to break up, the progress of the story halted as we rooted for TiVo to heal itself and continue until we discovered who had killed whom. …Read More
Cleaning Out My Office, One Book At A Time
Some dilemmas are so easily resolved, but it takes creativity. Recently when my publisher “gifted” me with multiple cartons of my upcoming re-releases, I raised my hands to the heavens and shrieked. Ask my assistant, she was there. There is simply no place to put more books. I already have a gazillion cartons–including my lovely Quilt…Read More