I’m going to mostly ignore the recent dustup, except to say what a very sad situation it is. And if you have any desire to become an author, please, please, please don’t disrespect Queen Nora—and, ummm, maybe do a quick Google search before you accuse Beverly Jenkins of white privilege? *cough*
My favorite write-up that I’ve seen so far was this one from groupthink.kinja.com. I especially liked her edit #2, which included this, a good summary of how ...
Hi friends ~
Today would have been my mom’s 76th birthday.
I’m home for a couple of weeks in Madison, and then I’m back to El Paso, this time with my husband. I’m hoping to get a bit more done on the house, and to do a little socializing with friends I’ve known for over half my life. It’s about time they met Matt, right?
It has been a rather brutal year. Not only did I lose my Mom in ...
I missed my deadline, so I’m not sure if this will be published on Thanksgiving or after, but I certainly hope you’ve had a lovely day filled with love and many things to be thankful for.
I’ve been in El Paso for over a month, and am finally home after a quick detour in Olathe, Kansas (my mom’s hometown) for a family get-together to say good-bye.
We’ve had a bit of family drama—there’s always some, isn’t there?—but ...
I have to admit I haven’t been either reading or listening to books as much as usual.
Cleaning out mom’s house is a bear, but I’ll be back home in a few days to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
One of the great graces from this journey has been reconnecting with childhood and high school friends, many of whom have taken time out of their busy schedules to help us clear some things out.
Friends can be such ...
As I mentioned last week, I took a break from El Paso and my mom’s house to hop back to Wisconsin for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, a lovely respite (and a welcome chance to see my husband too!).
This is a small book festival by many measuring sticks, but wow, it was wonderful!
I moderated a panel with Jennifer Trethewey, Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons and Christine Merrill, all romance author friends, and had the chance to ...
Did everyone have a fun Halloween?
Yesterday also started the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican communities, so I wanted to remind you all to read Zoraida Cordova’s Brooklyn Brujas series. While not specifically related to Day of the Dead, the series has a distinctly Latin American brand of magic, deals with the battle of good and evil, and has imagery that evokes Day of the Dead artistry, so it would be a great choice for this ...
I’m in El Paso, Texas with my sister clearing out my mother’s house, and wow, what a crazy experience.
My mom wasn’t a hoarder in the “newspapers dating back to 1992” sense, but she was one in the “this pot has lost both its handles but we can still probably use it somehow” sense. Hence, we are sorting through 45 years worth of history, memories and, well, junk.
On the other hand, coming across my Holly Hobbie cup–a present for ...
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First of all, thank you again for all the lovely messages so many of you have sent me about my mother. I’m in the house I grew up in, surrounded by a million things my mother collected throughout her life, including many items from grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
On Wednesday we had the first (and likely biggest) celebration of Mom’s life here in El Paso. Mom’s best friend, Marcie, her husband, Jim, and eldest son (also) Jim came ...