After the Golden Globes, I saw sporadic criticism of the movie, La La Land from people who didn't think the actors merited the award. "They couldn't sing or dance well." "The story was unrealistic." "LA isn't like that." "The ending was hokey." Blah blah blah. Well, I saw the film and I loved . . .
I read a good novel the other day. Daughter of Ishmael, Promised Land, Broken Heart by Diane Stringam Tolley. Not only good. More than good, even! I'm a big fan of stories that transport me to another land, another era and deeply into a character different than me. Diane's new book is all those . . .
Wandering around the internet you can come across some pretty cool things. Like Cool People Care, a socially responsible company that markets products with a message--and donates a portion of the proceeds to causes represented by the goods. It's making a difference and providing an opportunity for . . .
THIS IS A POST FOR WOMEN AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM My mother never talked about menopause. She appeared to slide right through without a single symptom that she mentioned--or that I saw. When I hit my late 40s, I noticed that my interest in intimacy had disappeared-- something that was very out of . . .
Books. One of my friends has a holiday tradition--she gives holiday books each Christmas. I was lucky enough to get one. But I also have one you can give for holiday gifts. It's called Gnome for Christmas and it's written by my dear friend, Diane Stringam Tolley, whose engaging writing I love. So . . .
If you're like me, you don't want to give common holiday gifts. No, if you're like me, you want to give UN-common holiday gifts. Enter Uncommon Goods, an online retail outlet for unique gifts I know well. I have written about and bought from this site for several years. I love it. It's aptly named . . .
If you're looking for a special gift for a BFF, mother, sister --for whatever occasion, birthday, holiday, look no further. I have the best gift idea for you. Simply Happy's subtitle is "A Crash Course in Chicken Soup for the Soul Advice and Wisdom." It's by Chicken Soup publisher and . . .
We may lose and we may win but we will never be here again He was young and impossibly fresh-faced and adorable when he came to our attention in the early 1970s, part of the Laurel Canyon, Calif. band of musicians that defined that certain country-tinged rock. The Eagles, Linda Rondstadt, Joni . . .
Per la mia famiglia a Gratteri. I dedicate this my warm and loving Sicilian family in Gratteri, who couldn't have been kinder to me on my two visits. And were nice enough not to mention that I changed husbands in between the two. (It's possible that they didn't notice.) Family legend holds that my . . .
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit is beautifully written, lyrical, unique and could be the best fiction I've read in a very long time. I downloaded this audio book so long ago that I'd forgotten it was a novel-- I was half way through it, thinking it was a memoir, when I discovered it was . . .