Monday, January 26, 2015
Weird how I really love well-written period television shows but I don't often read historicals or thrillers. If you've not seen The Americans, it is a thriller set in the 1970's about Russian spies living in the US; The Vikings is on the Historical channel and just so damn good. I even adore the music set to the opening credits for this show. So hauntingly good.
Lately, as in the last few years, I prefer to read (and write) present-day contemporary stories. Funny how my TV tastes and reading tastes differ.
Am I the only one with this affliction?
Monday, January 5, 2015
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The Housewives of Beverly Hills.
I was about to turn it back to The Twilight Zone marathon which is infinitely better, by the way. But then I was watching actress Lisa Rinna talk about her aging parents (they are 92 and 82) and I was struck by the genuineness and seemingly unscripted-ness of the moment. Lisa talked about how she felt guilty that she couldn't do more for her parents; she talked about the frustration of seeing her once vibrant parents becoming so vulnerable and suffering through strokes and dementia. She also talked about how she never imagined the day where she would feel like the parent to her parents. Then she mentioned how she could only see her parents ONCE A YEAR (even though she lived in California and they, in Oregon) and I wanted to shake the television set and yell, "Visit them every chance you get! MAKE time for them like you do everything else! You can probably measure their final days in weeks and months, not years!!"
Then the show panned from Lisa to some dumb empty party where one of the other housewives was throwing a hissy fit over something meaningless and I turned it back to The Twilight Zone.
Anyway, it was a momentous day. Some actual reality from reality TV, if only for a few minutes. Bravo, Lisa!
Happy New Year! And hug your parents every chance you get!
Monday, December 8, 2014
Yes, it's playing in my office now as I write this. I am not wearing a Christmas sweater. I will never wear a Christmas sweater. I may be eating a Christmas cookie. Or two.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It's going on three years that my parents passed away and we forge ahead with new traditions and new memories. I can finally say that things do get easier with time after your loved ones pass away. The grief counselor was right about that one, although I've learned that there will always be a permanent hole in my heart that only my parents can fill. And that's just the way it is.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families. To those in the US that celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! And pass the mashed potatoes!
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder (American novelist, 1897-1975)
Monday, November 3, 2014
I'm always in awe of those that do participate, though, because (1) November is typically a month on steroids in the Busy-ness Department and (2) Writing 50K words in a single month is a pretty ambitious goal. That's a lotta words.
I've been busy writing short stories lately, trying to see if one of them puts their hooks in me hard enough that I'll want to turn it into a full-length novel. I'm even toying with a horror story idea, which is something I pretty much thought I'd never do a couple of years ago. But, it's funny how writers change over the years, isn't it? I kind of like pushing myself out of my writing comfort zones and horror is definitely out of my comfort zone. We'll see.
On top of reading, there's always a TON of reading happening here. If you want to see what I've loved lately and compare notes, check out my Goodreads thread. My selections were pretty much all over the map the past couple of months.
Are you NaNoWriMo-ing? If you are, here's hoping your coffee pot is working at full-strength.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
How about checking out the Snap4Kids Cookbook that's on sale right now. Snap4Kids is a Special Needs Assistance Program for kids that's been around since 1993 and today they're announcing the arrival of their cookbook, For the Love of Cooking. This cookbook contains over 110 recipes from 90 authors, many USA Today and New York Time's bestsellers, from everything from appetizers to desserts. Each recipe comes with a personal story.
I shared one of my most favorite dessert recipes from my mother that she used to make when I was a kid. Yum. Yum.
To learn more, please visit Snap4kids.