Nov 06 - To My Beloved Characters

Know this...I hold the pen.  I will have you offed.  It will hurt like hell.  It will be bloody and long.  It will incorporate all of your worst fears and darkest nightmares, because I know what they are.  I am the Overlord of your Darkside, you little twit, so stop harassing me or forever will you remain in the realm of The Unfinished.I can only write one story at a time.  Wait your turn.Sincerely,Your Landlady/Creator/Channeler/Fate Wielderp.s. Your rent is WAY overdue...more

They wanted a Parking Lot but they got Roman Ruins!

Yesterday, I posted the outfit I wore to the last edition of MercatInGioco,  the used toy sale that is held 3 or 4 times a year in Modena. ...more

Allergy Friendly Cookies: Chickpeas & Chocolate

Grain-free, gluten-free and allergy friendly – and quick to make. Kids will love them, and no, you don’t taste the chickpeas at all!...more

Is the Sun Shining or Is it Cloudy and Pouring?

© Lily Chang. All rights reserved. I have had plenty of gray and dreary days in my life lately....more

Countdown to Thanksgivukkah

Is it really possible that in just 3 weeks Chanukah starts? Ready or not here it comes! That means I have a lot of planning to do. For the first time in over 100 years we get “Thanksgivukkah”....more

NaBloPoMo: If I Could Change One Thing About Myself

"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?"  If I could change one thing about myself is ...more

6 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

Have you seen that commercial, at least I think it’s a commercial, where the turkeys get mad at all the Christmas decorations because it seems like everyone keeps forgetting about Thanksgiving?My mom was visiting last week, which meant lots of shopping, and it’s really hard to see all the Christmas decorations out already. Especially in Tucson, where the daily highs still consistently range from 75-85 and the sun is out Every. Single. Day.Not that I’m complaining – you just can’t take a girl from Ohio and convince her that Christmas is better in the desert....more

One Word Wednesday: Settling

Unedited and honest. The focus of One Word Wednesday is to show the reality of the Pirate House each week, in pictures and just one word....more

Through the Eyes of a Father: The Poignant Art of Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is a well-known American figure painter who was born into a military family in San Diego in 1949. Just as good writers write what they know, Steve paints what he lives. When his children were born, his work was filled the intimacy between infants and parents, the  joy of toddlers, and the wonder of youngsters discovering the world around them....more