Either You’re In or You’re In the Way: Podcast Interview with Logan and Noah Miller

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I don’t know why I’m so smitten with the independent filmmakers, Noah and Logan Miller. Maybe it’s because they finish each other’s sentences and often speak in stereo.  Maybe it’s because when they refer to each other as ‘Bro’, as in, “Bro said …” Or, maybe it’s because they’re identical twins, like my own twin […]

Jane Friedman Talks: How the Internet Has Got Publishing by its Tail

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    Jane Friedman is the Publisher & Editorial Director at F+W Media, which is the parent company of Writers Digest. Intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, and charming, she’s right on the pulse of everything that’s happening in the chaotic and transforming cosmos that the publishing industry has become. And because Jane is all she is, she’s […]

Curtis, Will You Please Shut-Up?

I’ve never been a flag waver. While I am deeply thankful that I was born in the United States, I’d never make the statement, “proud to be an American,” because that indicates ─ to me, at least ─ that it’s an accomplishment I did something to earn. Instead, I consider myself “lucky to be an […]

“You’re Never Too Old to Live” An Interview With Kay Andreas Kostopoulos

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  I left Kay Andreas after our interview for this month’s podcast feeling the way you might when a delivery of flowers shows up unexpectedly and the card is written out to you ─ surprised, delighted, and rather special. It’s hard to explain why talking with Kay made me feel all these things, but that’s […]

A Memo from Satan

INTEROFFICE COMMUNICATION FROM: Satan TO: Minions RE: The United States of America, Planet Earth It looks like we’re finally making some real progress in the United States of America. Naturally, as your Supreme Leader, I take credit for the brilliant idea. But it was our diligent force of minions working tirelessly there, who carried out […]

Screw You, I’m Fifty-Two

…And I have wrinkles, receding gums, and a higher income tax bracket. But there are some benefits to aging, believe it or not. If you were paying attention at all, by the time you’re over fifty like me, you’ll have learned something about life. The following are some things I now know for sure to […]

“For Love and Crime” an interview with author David Corbett

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The first word that comes to my mind to describe David Corbett is, “depth.” That shows through in his writing and in the man himself. A reader will get the sense from his descriptions of complex characters in his three crime drama novels, The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime, and Blood of Paradise, that […]

How To Increase Your Four-Year-Old's Attention Span

Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) seems to be running rampant, tearing the limbs off Barbie dolls and smashing its toy cars against the wall, within our pre-school population these days. Doctors, psychologists and educators are so darn quick to recommend medications for this problem. But any savvy mother can calm her four-year-old and increase his […]

Why the Republicans Are Smarter Than the Democrats

…Well, at least their strategists are. Why? One only has to look at the candidates for the 2008 presidential election to figure out the answer. It’s no secret that more than 70 percent of Americans (and clearly this includes many registered Republicans) are, to say the least, “disappointed” with the current administration. Oil and food […]

Potter and Poker

I listen to Pete (my husband) talk about poker the same way he listens to me talk about Harry Potter. I have no clue why it’s so important to him, I just know it is. Very, very important. Therefore, just like he sits there and nods his head, making sure he keeps eye contact with […]