Are You A Good Shopper?

Jun 24

Are You A Good Shopper?

I’m not. As one of those I-want-what-I-want-when-I-want-it types, I have little patience waiting for sales, digging through piles of messed-up merchandise desperately seeking bargains, or buying cheaply off season to squirrel away for later. (What personality type, I wonder, are squirrels?) MEN HUNT, WOMEN GATHER. As we all know, men hunt, women gather....

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My Life Needs Editing

Jun 11

My Life Needs Editing

Weird Words & Blueberries The things you learn by doing The New York Times crossword puzzle! Strange words like adit (a mine entrance), etui (a decorative case for a sewing kit) or my personal favorite, ort (a scrap of food), words that you’ll never see or hear anywhere else, and certainly will never utter. Utter waste of time, crosswords? Some think so,...

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Frugal Is SUCH An Ugly Word

Jun 05

Frugal Is SUCH An Ugly Word

I try to be fiscally responsible, really I do. For one thing, I’m a conservative investor, and while the stock market often feels like gambling,  I don’t actually go to Vegas and bet everything on red. Or black. In fact, I don’t go to LasVegas at all any more. Been there, done that. But back in the day when I did, I once sat next to Murray The...

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GO PUBLISH YOURSELF!

Jun 19

GO PUBLISH YOURSELF!

This is not a crude curse, but merely a suggestion. And possibly a good one at that. Because I’ve just been to uPublishU, an all-day seminar at Book Expo America, and if I learned one thing it’s this: Jeez, has publishing changed! Once upon a time, you wrote a book, probably on a typewriter, possibly with a quill pen, then you looked for an agent and/or...

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The Weed And I

Jun 07

The Weed And I

Am I High Yet? Never in the long and histrionic history of marijuana, dating from the third century BC (BC!), has such a big deal been made out of so little weed. Ten Euros worth at the first “coffee shop” I spotted in Amsterdam, two little joints in one cute little baggie. Not to worry. In this beautiful city of canals and cannabis, it’s legal,...

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Can Children’s Books Ruin Our Lives?

Jun 23

Can Children’s Books Ruin Our Lives?

  Can WHAT do WHAT? WHAT COULD  BE WRONG WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS? Am I saying that Pat The Bunny (no relation) can warp young minds, or that the Little Engine that Could shouldn’t have? Well, I’ve just been to a play, The Misanthrope, that led me to think that.FYI: According to my trusty dictionary on my trusty I-Mac, a misanthrope is: a person...

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