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I am a writer, a poet and a painter of words. I thrive on writing, which puts to use the bodacious vocabulary gained via reading since age four.

To write is to live strong, for me.

It’s an exercise, a walk-about to explore the truths within my heart, mind, and soul.… ...

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So you’ve become an author, have you? Published by a small press, or else a large one with no publicist, so that the onus of selling your book falls upon you?

Welcome to life as an author, 2012.

Because I’m an extrovert, marketing via public appearances doesn’t daunt me.… ...

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“Are you really slack-jawed over a mailman?” a gentle voice behind her said.

Startled, Amy whipped her body around, causing vertigo. Amy looked at the gentle speaker, clothed in a luxurious robe and glitter-covered mules. Holy Mother of Whomever, it was the Widow Braghorn!… ...

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I am writing today to recognize the sad demise of a mom spiel, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s a mantra that many women raised in the ’50s – my peers – can recite. Maybe not taught to the boys and men of that calmer and purportedly common sensical time.… ...

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October is Better Speech-Language-Hearing Month, so here’s acknowledgement to my former career. YAY! I adored it as much as I adore my encore career of writing.

Allow me to share information from past life career, when I fervently worked as the problem solver of people’s oral communication skills: Communication is 7% word choice.… ...

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Curiosity makes you smart, silly, and sensational. Curiosity helps you retain Wonder, which is grand! Curiosity drives knowledge growth, which can never hurt… Yet, “curiosity killed the cat” Yikes! Splat!

Curiosity didn’t kill Curious George, a monkey of a kid-like character who got into constant trouble – enough to fill dozens and dozens of books since 1973.… ...

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My husband and I have no social agenda except to have and be a “nice time”.

“Nice time” = It was Larry’s frequent phrase and I instantly ascribed.

When we converted ourselves to California-ism, it became easier to achieve: our new state offered increased choices for leisure.… ...

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