Praising the Light.

ChrisHanuKwanSolstice Day dawned clear and dry here on the shores of the Long Island Sound. A good day to make our annual pilgrimmage to the south shore of the Sound, and say our thanks to the great DoG for this wonderful Season of Light.

We drove to our favorite spot on the North Shore of Long Island, [...]

Thank Youse

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

(Photo courtesy of the blog: Itty Bitty Kitty Committee)

I am thankful that you all drop in here and share your stories and comments and keep me inspired as a writer.

I am spending my long Thanksgiving Day weekend finishing up my annual Secret Project.

I will post directions on how [...]

This picture makes me happy:

If you need a little pick-me-up today, and your job description (or your liver) (or your mental health) (or your security clearance) won’t tolerate a breakfast dose of tequila, and your favorite Beatle died a decade ago, and it’s too late to fetch yourself a double-glazed Krispy Kreme donut, and the last time you went shopping at [...]


Dear Readers:

I had a Friday post all ready for you! I did!

I just discovered that it did not launch because I’d set the post date for July 8, 2012.

So I’m holding it back for next Friday (it’s such a Friday-kind of post that it would be wrong to make it a Monday story).

I’m sorry for the [...]


What a day I’ve had.

I’m exhausted.

I schlepped into Manhattan late this afternoon to hand deliver the Damn France manuscript. This damn thing weighs a ton (well, 1/200th of a ton) and it was hot and I was so tired to start with, having worked until late last night betting the final bits in place.

People: I [...]

The dog ate my blog.

Which is funny, because I don’t even have a dog.

It’s the usual story: Six-year old computer, too many downloads of cute cat pictures from suspect interweb sites, a thousand spam messages from people in Nigeria begging to give me money every day… even stuff from a Christian Singles dating site (which I did NOT fall for!)

Anyhoo, dear [...]

Memorial Day

Hi dear readers!

Before you tackle the story (Part One) of my Great Pacific Great Northwest Tour (see below– make sure you’ve got a comfy chair and a beverage and loads of time when you check in because I’ve got a lot of info to tell) please take a moment to click on the button on the [...]

Where does the time go?

I wasn’t near a TV when Diana married Charles. I was living in West Africa and I got news of the world via the international edition of Newsweek magazine every Tuesday. So I was out of the loop on that fateful day in July, 1981.

But once I got back to America I was hooked on [...]

Trade Secrets

24 days until Seattle!

I really hope I’ll see some rain there. I, like many tea lovers, cat people, bibliophiles, fans of comfy clothing, hermits, and moody Capricorns, love a nice rainy day. And on my one previous trip to the Pacific Northwest I was plagued by sunny days — three in a row. I figure [...]

What to do in Seattle and Portland

I know what I’ll be doing this coming May.

Any chance we can do some of this stuff  together?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

7:00 PM

Wide World Books

4411 Wallingford Ave.

Seattle,  WA  98103


Adventures at the End of the Road: As a former world traveler who now calls herself an expert at staying put, Vivian Swift has a message for all [...]