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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is probably my all time favorite movie. The love I feel for it borders on unnatural. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. Maybe twenty. Probably more. It slays me every time. But I still want to watch it every year around the holidays. My family? Well, not so... Read more »

“It Only Takes Five Minutes!” The 30 things they say I need to do every day

“It Only Takes Five Minutes!” The 30 things they say I need to do every day
For far too long I’ve been hearing about all the “simple” things I can do to make my life better. If only I just did these things every day. And the selling point by the “salespeople” is always how little effort it really takes and then how big the payout will be. But, do the... Read more »

Cross Words for Will Shortz

Cross Words for Will Shortz
Recently, in an attempt to better myself, stave off Alzheimer’s and add to my gray hairs, I decided I would try to get better at doing The New York Times crossword puzzle. I know! I’ve been tackling the Chicago Tribune and USA Today puzzles for years and had become rather good at them. Why not... Read more »
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When men talk turkey

When men talk turkey
This Thanksgiving season it seems I’m on the receiving end of an inordinate amount of advice on how to cook the turkey, and most of this advice is coming from men, most of whom have never even tasted my Thanksgiving turkey. My husband started it. He happened to be listening to the radio and some... Read more »

Down at the Golden Coin Blog Tour Begins!

Down at the Golden Coin Blog Tour Begins!
The blog tour for my second novel, Down at the Golden Coin, begins today at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd! The first stop on the tour features an excerpt from the book, a Q & A session and a guest post on the topic of rejection in the publishing world written by moi. I hope you... Read more »

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.
As a busy mom, I appreciate all the help I can get. Especially around the holidays. And now the beginning of the whole insane Holiday Season seems to start with Halloween. So, imagine my joy at finding a little help carving our pumpkins this year. Pumpkin carving is a serious tradition at our house. A... Read more »
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Come on down to the Joliet Regional Author Fair!

Come on down to the Joliet Regional Author Fair!
The weather is supposed to stink tomorrow, so why not come on by the Joliet Library and say “Hi”? I’ll be there, along with about fifty other Chicago area authors, all of us selling and signing copies of our books.  I’ll have both my novels, Wish Club, and my latest, Down at the Golden Coin,... Read more »

Learn from your kids, not with them

Learn from your kids, not with them
Over the years, my three kids have taken all sorts of lessons and classes: art, music, Taekwondo, rowing, gymnastics, dancing—to name a few. And over the years I’ve also noticed a disturbing trend, mostly with the sports instructors—they encourage me to take these lessons with my children. I know they’re just trying to drum up... Read more »

Friends don't let friends walk around with dust on their butt

Friends don't let friends walk around with dust on their butt
Friends don’t let friends walk around with dust on their butts. So what does that say about a couple of my “friends,” we’ll call them “Mike” and “Dean,” who let me walk around all last Wednesday night looking like that ∧∧∧∧∧ ? I know! It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d been walking... Read more »
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When life's a zoo, it makes a trip to the zoo worth fighting for

When life's a zoo, it makes a trip to the zoo worth fighting for
Last Friday was the first (and only) day of what we like to call “Mommy Summer Camp,” when the kids and I go off to do something fun. Granted, it’s hard with three teenagers to come up with something we can all agree upon as “fun,” but I was astonished at how hard I had... Read more »