When the Earth Shakes

The grim death toll from the continuing temblors impacting Turkey and Syria has surpassed 47,000, and by all accounts it will continue to rise. Those of us living atop a hundred, intersecting earthquake faults in SoCal continue to shudder, pray for our sisters and...

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU

As 2022 moves toward its close, I find myself reflecting on endings—heightened at this moment by the recent passing of my dear cousin Tom. (I should say that WE lost him, as Tom is being mourned by family and friends across the globe. He touched many lives. He was...

The Mysterious Composition of Tears Has Arrived!

I’m thrilled to announce the birth of my latest creative baby! A sequel to The Fleur Trilogy, The Mysterious Composition of Tears is the first book of the series, The Further Adventures of Fleur.  From her youngest years—skipping and flapping and “butterfly...

Doctor Our Eyes

It’s been a hell of a year. Or two. Or five. The pandemic continues to spin out new variations, and we humans continue to squabble, sometimes viciously, over masks/no masks, vaccines/anti-vax. Pretty ludicrous, given that vaccines alone have saved over 2.2...

Sheathing the Scissorhands

In 1990, director Tim Burton released Edward Scissorhands, a fantasy film he co-wrote with Caroline  Thompson, adapted from a story he’d penned based on his own lonely and disconnected childhood. Filmed with Burton’s marvelously whimsical touch, the...

My Post-Traumatic Chicken Disorder- March 20, 2021

One day this past January, chuffed about having received my first Moderna vaccine the previous morning, and undoubtedly a little woozier than I realized, I had a shocking encounter with a flock of chickens. (Cue Jaws/Land Shark theme music from Saturday Night Live,...