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Funny Movies for Joey

I asked my friends on Facebook to name their funniest movies so that I could make a list and send it to a friend who is recovering from spinal surgery. I know I could find a list of comedies nicely compiled somewhere out there in internet land, but I wanted personal recommendations. And people  Read More 
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Traveling in China

A day at the temple
Stay tuned for a travel essay about China. With a background in Anthropology and Psychology, my interests tend toward the social and micro-level. I'm fascinated that an entire country can conquer toilet training by age 12-18 months (although it's more complicated than that). And I never would have imagined the level of fashion that  Read More 
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Hemingway Played Poker Here

Mint Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming
This is the Mint Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming. Hemingway had a hard time finishing “A Farewell to Arms” while he was in Wyoming. Local folklore says that Hemingway spent more than a few evenings in The Mint Bar playing poker until he finally headed up into the Bighorn Mountains and stopped procrastinating. Not that  Read More 
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Jentel Arts

One month at the Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming was just not long enough for me, but I made the best of it. My schedule was the same everyday. I wrote from morning until dusk. At dusk I walked on dirt road that ran down the center of the valley. The herds of pronghorned  Read More 
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Painters and Photographers and Writers, oh my!

I spent one month at Jentel Arts Residency in Banner Wyoming. I had been to one other art colony and it had been for writers only, so I didn't know what to expect with two writers, two painters, and two photographers. The result was a strange mathematical equation where 2 plus 2 plus 2 equals at least  Read More 
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Sweet Acts of Kindness

I’ve been in the accelerated, obsessive world of Writer’s Hyper Space all summer. I’ve become a terribly boring person who can only talk about my characters on Peaks Island, ME. Even my characters were tired of me. They were ready to mutiny, toss me into the island taxi and send me  Read More 
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Ebook versions available

I am very excited to tell you that The Comet's Tale has just been released as an ebook. This is a novel about Sojourner Truth, first published in 2003.

Also, my other two books are now available as ebooks.
My daughter and her family are moving to China for two years and she just purchased  Read More 
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WHERE CATS PREVAIL

Pedro the Cat
We have a new cat in our neighborhood and he’s teaching us all a few new tricks. Pedro is a young tabby and he is determined to make friends with everyone. He quickly won over my two cats with his golly gee attitude and they all sit under my broad-leafed plants in happy  Read More 
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ANNOUNCEMENT: OFF TO THE RANCH

I have terrific news. I’ve been given a fellowship to Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming for one month in the fall. For a writer or a visual artist, this is like winning the lottery. It is a pure gift of time, room & board. Take a look, Jentel. Jentel Arts is located  Read More 
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Cie Simurro

Cie and Thunder
A reddish gold corona rimmed the top of the mountains outside my bedroom window at 7:00 a.m. that January morning. I didn't awaken to it; I had been up every hour during the night. By 7:30, the light in the room was bright gold. "Look Thunder", I said as I kissed his head. "It's a  Read More 
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