Le Road Trip From Nashville to Asheville

The scenic route between Nashville and Asheville on scenic interstate 441 takes you through Pigeon Forge, TN.

Pigeon Forge is the Atlantic City Boardwalk of the Great Smoky Mountains, so Top Cat and I felt right at home.

Pigeon Forge is named for the forge on the Pigeon River nearby. It was so hot in Tennesse — [...]

Nashville Skyline

This is me, at Parnassus Books in Nashville, last Saturday — Bastille Day — yakking about Le Road Trip:

The author takes a minute to familiarize herself with her own book, in front of a bewildered audience.

I hope nobody noticed my crappy Gap trousers that I had to wear because I forgot to pack my dressy grey [...]

On the Road Again


That’s me, on the far left, the only non-blonde on the cover of Long Island Woman (I’m naturally 50 Shades of Gray), in the spiffy hand-made Seattle fleece jacket I got on my last road trip to book stores in the Great Pacific Great Northwest. I’m sorry I’m not here in person for our usual Friday get-together, as today [...]

The Daily Bread

Which is harder: making bread…

or painting it?

I’ve never baked a loaf of bread, but I can tell you that painting it isn’t a piece of cake.

For me, it took a lot of trial and error.  For one thing, you don’t want your French breads looking as if they are defying gravity:

And neither do you want [...]