Just a note – life’s busy – to share the shortlist for The Gourmand Awards. “What is that,” you might ask? Here’s their take on it: “The Gourmand Awards are the major Food Culture event in the world. They started in 1995 for cookbooks and wine books, at Frankfurt Book Fair. They now include all […]Read more "THE GOURMAND AWARDS"
Birds fascinated my father. I could never quite understand why. Not until he died. My mother dumped his bird-watching books on me. Then I knew what the scientist in him saw when he watched birds in their natural habitat: great variety, adaptations to environment, the living proof of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, at least […]Read more "Birds of a Feather: Proverbs and Idioms"
There comes a day, sometimes, when it seems all that there remains to do is to sit and weep, staring out at the world through tears of salt, gazing through windows of murky glass. Seeing leaves, earth, sky, rain, even the path of the wind in tall grass. But not seeing. No, not really. Where […]Read more "Surviving the Whiplashes of History and American Gun-Culture Violence"
You know how sometimes you keep wearing the same old blue work shirt, your favorite wrinkled and threadbare pants, the ones that you bought when you cared more about fashion? It’s easy to just grab ’em and tug the waistband a bit this way and that to fit other things that might be changing. And […]Read more "Announcing My New Author Page"
Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. ~ William Shakespeare, “Richard III” Most writers live the sad truth about writing: it’s usually hard, thankless work, it’s usually unrewarding financially, and it’s always […]Read more "Now is the Winter of My Discontent: On the Tyranny of Writing and the Words of Martha (Bradley)"