A PREMONITION OF MURDER HITS THE STANDS!

Cindy Chow wrote this great review of A Premonition of Murder, book 3 in my Dream Club Mysteries for Penguin-Random House....more

A CUPPA TEA, A SLICE OF MURDER

What is it about cozy mystery lovers and tea? Whether you are a devoted reader or a world-class novelist, you probably enjoy a good “cuppa” from time to time. And if you enjoy British cozies, the odds are spot on that you’ll recognize your favorite brew (everything from Ceylon to Darjeeling) in your reading....more

SMALL CHANGES CAN MEAN BIG RESULTS

This is the time of year that people ignore/forget about/ or disown the brave New Year's resolutions they made just a few weeks ago. Discouraging? Maybe a little. But here's the good news. You can still make small changes and see great results. Just out of interest, I asked a few friends and e-mail buddies for suggestions on small changes they made to achieve their goals. Their answers were interesting and inspiring. And quite creative! Here are a few of them. They're simple, practical, and above all doable....more

FEELING FRAZZLED? YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY

If you're feeling frazzled and overwhelmed during the holiday season, take heart. It's normal! Instead of feeling happy and relaxed during what's supposed to be the "happy holidays" most people feel tired and out of control, their stress levels soaring through the roof. Here are a few quick tips that might help you get back on track....more

I'LL GET TO IT TOMORROW, SERIOUSLY!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your To-Do list? Now that the holidays are almost up us, are things spiraling out of control and your patience and vitality are at a low ebb? If you can relate to the paragraph above, I need to warn you that something deadly is lurking on the horizon. It's called Procrastination and it's appealing, seductive and invariably makes matters worse....more

WHO KNOWS YOU THE BEST? YOU DO!

Who knows you better than anyone in the world? Well, you do, of course! Does this sound strange, coming from a psychologist? After years of being in private practice, I've learned that most people really do have the answer to their problems, the key to their hopes, wishes and fears. But...sometimes the truth is buried deep inside. Below the level of consciousness, as Freud would say. (And don't worry, I don't usually quote Freud on this blog!)...more

The Night I Foiled an Attacker

Picture this. It's late at night in a major metropolitan hospital at the close of visiting hours. I've been to visit a sick friend on the ninth floor and the wing is nearly empty--the hospital is undergoing renovations. As I walk down the long hallway to the elevator, I suddenly feel like a heroine in a Kevin Williamson movie. The hallway is dark, deserted, and the only sound is my footsteps on the linoleum floor. Most of the rooms are empty and hospital equipment is stacked in the hall, covered with plastic sheets....more
The book she recommends is excellent! I firmly believe everyone should read "The Gift of Fear."more

I BRAKE FOR CRITTERS

Naturally, we all brake for cute, cuddly cats and dogs crossing the road, but do you brake for other creatures? I do! (sometimes to the annoyance of drivers behind me.) What do they expect me to do? Run over wildlife? Geez....more

SHOULD YOU FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS? MAYBE NOT.

< Follow your dream!! Reach for the stars! Only you can make it happen! If you can imagine it, you can achieve it! Sound familiar? This is the kind of thing you see all the time in "feel-good" advice columns; advice that sadly is not based in reality.When I won an award and $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for one of my teen novels, I had the opportunity to speak to middle schools and high schools in the northeast. Many were inner-city schools and the students faced numerous challenges, both at home and in the classroom....more

IS YOUR CAT A NARCISSIST? PROBABLY

As many of you know, I'm a psychologist in private practice on the East coast and recently I came across a wonderful article on narcissism. As I read through the description, I thought, "Good heavens!! How did I miss this? My cat is a narcissist." (Actually several of my 8 cats are narcissists, according to the traits listed in the magazine). Let's take a quick look, and keep your own cat in mind as we go through some of the characteristics. Do any of them strike a chord with you?...more
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