Sam Dawson: Paperweights shaped like vulvas

Chapter 4 (con't)“Yep.  Gertie’s necklace was in the rather pointed toe of my rather misogynist boots.  I don’t know about Gertrude, but the Bull would have died.  Well, I guess she did,” I paused, wondering if I shouldn’t for once heed Greg’s advice and keep my mouth shut.  Naaawww.“And that’s not even the worst of it. Did you know that the apple is a locket?” Jon stared at me blankly.  “Well, it is and when the police opened it they found a rather lascivious love note written, apparently, by me.”...more

Sam Dawson: Jimmy Choos and Gertrude Stein

Chapter 4 (Part 1)(Sorry to have been away for so long... The story continues here.) ...more

Pieces of Light

Sometimes doubts about God and the reality of His promises assail my joy. When this happens, there’s one thing that convinces me faster than any other that all I believe is true: the opposition to God found in every corner of our world today. The louder the voices raised against Him, the more I know that He’s real, that He matters. If He didn’t matter, why would the strongest, most sophisticated, most influential folks unite in an effort to deny Him and silence us?...more

Karen White's The Beach Trees: One Part Mystery, One Part Love Story

How do you rebuild? When something precious is ripped from your life, how do you start over? How do you pick up the pieces and make a whole when there are essential pieces missing? Those are just a few of the questions that Karen White addresses in her newest novel, The Beach Trees. It's one part mystery, one part love story and a whole lot of parts of great summer reading. ...more

of a book that never really found its way.... at least for me ;(

a/b from The Burrow at ...more

Passion Pasta and Pistols

As promised, here are the sordid details from the murder mystery party I recently attended.  I've left the murderer for you to sleuth out for yourselves.  So, put on your fedora and trench coat and prepare for some detective work.  Ready for a who-done-it mystery?     The mood was grim in La Speranza’s Italian restaurant as the grieving friends and family of Pepi Roni gathered to discuss his recent murder.  Pepi, the beloved owner of La Speranza had been shot in the back by his own pistol and all who had gathered at the res...more

Shutter Island - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams

Who is one of our best actors today? Leo. Who is one of our best directors? Mr. Scorsese. Am I right? So, why did I keep hearing this movie wasn't all that good? I don't know but I finally watched "Shutter Island" because that's what I do and I liked it. ...more

"After. Life" Starring Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long

Question: Have you ever watched a movie by an actor you like and realize they are so good you want to see everything they do? Well, that happened with me with Liam Neesen after... seeing "Taken"....For the rest of my latest review on "After. Life" starring Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci & Justin Long click on link below.

The mountains bow down review and giveaway

Not only did the latest installment of my favorite mystery series teach me what a phillumenist is (I'll wait while you look it up), it also spurred me to rearrange my destination wish list (for all those "someday" trips) by bumping an Alaskan cruise up to 4th place....more

Patron Saint of Lovers: History of St. Valentine’s Day

Kisses I'm a romantic at heart. I love cheesy romantic comedies. I'm a sucker for a sweet love story. Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite book for Pete's sake....more