This Saturday I did my first ever public reading of my stories that have actually been published. It all happened because the lovely, effervescent, beautiful Leesa Cross-Smith asked me to read along with her at Village Lights … Read More >>
There’s a hole in the street in front of my house. Not a pothole. Not a tiny little dimple in the surface of the concrete. No, this is the kind of hole that took effort to make. Jackhammers and backhoes. Hours and days were spent … Read More >>
This morning I decided to make roasted tomato paste out of the tomatoes from our garden. I started first thing in the morning. My mom always tries to get her canning done early in the morning, when it's still cool, because the oven … Read More >>
It's that time of summer when the waiting begins. Going outside at least several times a day to check the length of the little eggplant forming. The size of the pepper. The color of the tomatoes hanging on the vine.
Before the next wave of vegetable inundation … Read More >>
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 >>
I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome.
Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … Read More >>
So this catalog showed up in my mail today. I've never heard of this company. Never ordered anything from them. I brought it inside and sat it on the dining room table and only just now picked it up. Are they selling luggage, I thought. I don't need luggage. Why … Read More >>
A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven.
But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>
- We sat behind home plate, and things look different back there. From that angle, sometimes even I can tell the difference between a ball and a strike before the umpire makes the call.
- From where we sat, you could see some of the dugout. The Reds … Read More >>
I really liked this idea from Brooke Fossey over at the blog for Carve Magazine (my very favorite literary magazine). It's a blog tour where authors share their own path to getting published. It's always interesting to see behind the scenes of other writer's … Read More >>
This Monday, we're going back to my post on the view of the stacks in honor of my story, "Far from Home," which is up for Story of the Month at Bartleby Snopes. After you read about the stacks, go check out the story and vote for it here by scrolling down to the … Read More >>
One of my family’s favorite meals is homemade pizza–a black bean pizza. I make the dough in the bread machine and it takes an hour and fifty minutes. I used to put the ingredients in at any old time of the day. The dough can sit in the bread machine until it’s time … Read More >>
In February 2014, the second edition of my textbook, Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration, will be coming out from Pine Forge/Sage Press. It's called questioning gender because my goal in my course and in the book … Read More >>