Writing Thoughts

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My year in writing…

2015 has been a year of contrasts where my writing life is concerned, with some great accomplishments and excitement alongside a lot of reflection and re-thinking. Here are some of the highlights: My Chapbook!!! Here's the … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Madison Monday: A perfect…

Last Friday night I had my reading and book launch for The Face of Baseball, my chapbook of linked short stories from WhiskeyPaper Press. As promised, there was beer and peanuts and, extra bonus, Crackerjacks! It was a small, … Read More >>

Bookish Thoughts

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Books I read in June…

My husband and daughter left me AGAIN in June, though this time for a shorter period of time. Also at the beginning of the month, I got sick. Like, running a fever, feel like death, coughing so much I couldn't sleep in the same bed … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

I always liked her more casual look in Breakfast at Tiffany's, especially the pigtails

Why I no longer want Audrey Hepburn’s body

Last weekend, our re-booted local movie palace, The Ohio Theater, showed the first movie in their new incarnation as a non-profit. The movie was Charade, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A great flick and a great crowd. I’ve always loved Cary Grant and it was … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

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Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Cold curried yellow squash soup

What I cooked in June

June is the month of waiting in the garden, at least for me. The show-stoppers of summer vegetables--tomatoes and sweet corn--have largely not yet arrived. I spend a lot of time pacing the garden, looking for signs of the first ripe tomato. In the meantime, there's … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

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Sociological fatigue

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to ask, what is it exactly that … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

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Why I love the Reds

If you’ve read my short story chapbook, The Face of Baseball, you might have figured out that I’m a Reds fan. There was never a lot of choice in the matter. I was born across the river in Kentucky, still safely Reds country. We went to a game every summer when I … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

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Things I love: my desk

Sometimes the world seems like an eternal crap-storm and there's absolutely nothing we can do to make it better. Sometimes the days stretch out empty and you have no idea how to fill them. Sometimes you can glimpse happiness around the corner, like it's playing … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

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About The Face of Major League Baseball (and my dad)

My story, “The Face of Major League Baseball,” is out now in a chapbook from WhiskeyPaper Press along with two other short stories. The story will also appear in Volume 28:2 of CALYX Journal. I’m very excited about both of these things. The chapbook is called … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

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Books I read in May

As some of you may know, my husband left for nine days in Ireland and Scotland in May. So in addition to binge-watching two and a half seasons of Orphan Black, I also did a lot of reading. I read at least sixteen books in May. It's hard to tell on Goodreads, … Read More >>

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Madison Monday

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Madison Monday: Honorary bookseller for a day

This Saturday, I had the honor of being bookseller for a day at our local indie bookstore, Village Lights. The Indie Bound tradition started in 2013 with Sherman Alexie and involves authors all around the country selling books on Small Business Saturday to show … Read More >>

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Things I love: my desk

2016-06-13 12.00.12

Sometimes the world seems like an eternal crap-storm and there's absolutely nothing we can do to make it better. Sometimes the days stretch out empty … Read More >>

Why I love the Reds

2016-04-11 15.03.51

If you’ve read my short story chapbook, The Face of Baseball, you might have figured out that I’m a Reds fan. There was never a lot of choice in the … Read More >>

Why I no longer want Audrey Hepburn’s body

I always liked her more casual look in Breakfast at Tiffany's, especially the pigtails

Last weekend, our re-booted local movie palace, The Ohio Theater, showed the first movie in their new incarnation as a non-profit. The movie was … Read More >>

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