Gardening

The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.

I like working in the garden. I like thinking about working in the garden. And it may come as no surprise that I even like grading my gardening efforts. I analyze both the triumphs and the opportunities for improvement. As the spring transitions into summer, here are a few of my gardening yeas and nays.… Continue reading The good. The bad. The struggling. My urban gardening adventures.

Reflections

Four thoughts on how to live a rich and rewarding life

When my kids were little, my life advice to them was lofty. The older they got, the more practical I became. By the time they entered college, my counsel revolved around debt avoidance and family planning. But now, my youngest will celebrate college commencement. I’m facing an empty nest. As a result, I’ve been pondering… Continue reading Four thoughts on how to live a rich and rewarding life

Reflections

The unexpected joy of midlife friendship

Friday is friend day. Once a week, I get together with a group of female friends in the late afternoon at a coffee shop on “The Hill” in St. Louis. We chat about our lives. We share our triumphs and challenges. We talk about families, careers, movies and politics. By 5 p.m., we scatter, promising… Continue reading The unexpected joy of midlife friendship

Reflections

Winter survival: An open mind and a zipped coat

There’s beauty in every season, even winter. All it takes is an open mind, and a zipped coat, to discover it. This morning, my husband and I braved the freezing temperatures to keep our six-mile Sunday walking date. We craved fresh air and nature. Plus, we knew we'd jog a bit more to keep a… Continue reading Winter survival: An open mind and a zipped coat

Writing

What writers need to know about fair use

Some things exist that may bring you comfort. And yet, you may not really understand how to use them. Examples include the airplane seat cushion that doubles as a flotation device; the home fire extinguisher stuffed into a kitchen cabinet; and the fair use legal doctrine. In a previous post, I highlighted three copyright myths.… Continue reading What writers need to know about fair use

Book Reviews

In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest

The psychological thriller, In a Lonely Place, is a groundbreaking book; one that you’ve probably never heard of. But thanks to efforts to resurrect the work of women mystery writers, this 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes has been introduced to a new generation of readers. The setting is Los Angeles after the Second World… Continue reading In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest