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“In the Sleep of Death”

They called her the Hellfire Witch of St. Louis. They said she had the Evil Eye and accused her of murder. Only she knew what was really happening…

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Erwin Schrödinger, Cat Killer

Schrodinger was a sick puppy. If you really look at his experiment, it's very disturbing. In fact, if you stop to look at it in detail, you'll find a number of things that the common public gets wrong about it. 1. That cat's gonna die. There's no getting around it, the cat is going to... Continue Reading →

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Grieving My Mom, Plus a Boat Race

I lost my mother very suddenly this summer to a cancer we didn't know she had. I've been reeling from that all year. I thought I'd run the gamut of emotions already. I went through shock, grief, anger, and deep depression. I've spent countless hours discussing it with my sisters, debating whether it was better... Continue Reading →

Coldplay vs Bill and Ted

  Coldplay makes me sick. I'm not being mean. I'm not saying that I dislike the band or that I'm unhappy with their music. I am saying that every song they have ever released flat-out makes me nauseated. Here's a scenario:  I'll be driving along on a beautiful summer's day, feeling fine. Then without warning I... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Cookie Factory

Christmas cookies always makes me think of my grandmother. I know that probably conjures an image of a sweet little old lady baking a single batch of chocolate chips. But what I remember most is not the warm oven in a cozy kitchen, but the staggering output she managed. Grandma baked cookies not by the dozen... Continue Reading →

Two Sermons

In all of my years of attending church, there are two sermons that always stayed with me, and both were given by my father. Dad wasn't your usual minister. Though he was well-versed in the Bible, he rarely quoted scripture and never used it to win an argument. He never tried to convert anybody. In... Continue Reading →

Fantasy series you’ve probably missed

BBC America recently made a t.v. series out of "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency." Though most people my age have heard of Douglas Adams's more popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," it surprises me how few people know Dirk Gently. Maybe I shouldn't call it a series, since there were only 2 books and... Continue Reading →

Grandpa’s Navigation

When I was little, I thought my grandpa had installed an advanced navigational system in his car. This was crazy, as it was the 70's. Not only did we not have computers, we didn't even have LED screens. Heck, even the radio was a twist-dial that only got AM! Nevertheless, when GPS was developed a... Continue Reading →

Heads You Lose

This recommendation is for my writer friends, particularly anyone considering collaborating on a novel. "Heads You Lose" by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward is one of those 'experiment' books that are increasingly common in the mystery genre. Each author alternates chapters so you get both male & female writing styles.  For this book, they opted... Continue Reading →

The Art of Crash Landing

A new entry in my “Books I Can’t Stop Talking About” Series: The Art of Crash Landing, by Melissa DeCarlo. The hero, Mattie Wallace, is mean, selfish, foul-mouthed, utterly lacking in morals ... and impossible not to love. Broke and homeless, recently single and unexpectedly pregnant, she winds up in her mother's hometown. It's a... Continue Reading →

Battle for Birdland

Trivia question: Name the town on American soil that the Japanese occupied for almost a year during World War II. Yeah, I'd never heard of this one, either. The answer is Attu, Alaska, the western-most point of America, so far off the mainland that it's hard to believe it's really part of America. They have to seriously bend the... Continue Reading →

Trying to Stay Asleep

I've never shared this with anyone, but when I was very young I had some strange, intense, and oddly complicated dreams. I still remember most of them, but one from when I was 4 stands out as by far the most trippy. It started with me "waking up" in a different universe. Everyone around me... Continue Reading →

Harmonizing Nazi Cannibals

For some reason, I always thought the Von Trapps were part of the Donner Party. I'd never watched The Sound of Music, so I had no idea those children were the Von Trapps. I also, inexplicably, thought the musical was about a happy-go-lucky German family during WWII. Rest assured, my family is never going to... Continue Reading →

The Cats Are Bored

A new entry in my "Books I Can't Stop Talking About" Series: Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored by Philippe Georget  (translated by Steven Rendall) It's rare to find a book translated to English that plays so lightly with the language. Seriously, I'm so crazy about the writing style here that I want to chase... Continue Reading →

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