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1. Ursula The Sea Witch Costume
Ursula The Sea Witch Costume
I love to dress up at Halloween (see It's a Treat to Trick) and most of the time I make my own costumes. Usually the inspiration is Disney. I love Disney characters, whether they are cute like Minnie Mouse, spunky like Jessie from Toy Story II, or evil like Cruella DeVil. These characters are rec...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:22:59
2. The Fault in Our Stars: A Book Review
The Fault in Our Stars: A Book Review
My eleven-year-old granddaughter Isabella wants to read this book. Her mom has asked me to screen it: is it appropriate for an 11-year-old?The Fault in Our Stars is a beautiful, thoughtful, and tender book. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody over 15. The fault is in my granddaughter'...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:20:50
3. Dog Days this Summer
Dog Days this Summer
This is Zack, our 10-year-old Dalmatian. Like most Dals, he's an active boy. The problem is that he goes from couch potato to speed demon without warm-up. He is also a bit on the stout side. Either or both of these traits may account for the tear in his knee experienced in early August 2013. Wha...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:44:05
4. Famous Dalmatian Dog Lovers
Famous Dalmatian Dog Lovers
We self-proclaimed Dalmatian lovers come from all walks of life. Because our dogs are an old breed (little is known about their origins; however, their images have shown up on ancient Egyptian coffins dating back to 1991 B.C. - 1783 B.C.) we know that there have been Dalmatian lovers for a very l...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:12:56
5. Just 'Cause it Sparkles, Don't Make it Gold
Just 'Cause it Sparkles, Don't Make it Gold
I am certain there are more than nine myths about the California Gold Rush that deserve to be debunked, but let's start with these nine and see where they lead... The California Gold Rush that began in 1848 triggered the most massive human migration in history. From that migration, the 31st entr...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:40:40
6. Mighty Maximus Minion
Mighty Maximus Minion
Who are these little yellow men from the Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 movies who do the bidding of Mr. Gru so willingly? Why do they hand over their hard-earned wages to help make the man's latest despicable plan a reality? How can they be part of Gru's evil schemes? What causes them to lear...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:21
7. The Anxiety of Publishing (or what to do while you wait)
The Anxiety of Publishing (or what to do while you wait)
So, what does it take to get a book published? Well, I can't vouch for what everybody goes through, but in this lens I share my experience on how my historical fiction adventure Embracing the Elephant became a reality. As of August 24, 2012, I can claim to be published. This lens tells the story...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:02:21
8. Endless Possibilities for Halloween
Endless Possibilities for Halloween
I could recycle one of my old costumes (see It's a Treat to Trick), but that would be cheating, wouldn't it? I could duplicate the Angelfish costume I made for my granddaughter, only on a much larger scale, but I already know how difficult that would be (that was a lot of work - worth it, but sti...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:19:16
9. Elephants in America - September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day
Elephants in America - September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day
Elephants are fascinating creatures. Legend has it that Wayne Hepburn, a graphics mogul for Mission Media, Inc., received a paperweight depicting elephants on parade as a gift from his daughter. He fell in love with the pachyderms and, in 1996, declared September 22 Elephant Appreciation Day...a...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:25:12
10. Quick and Easy Spinach and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Quick and Easy Spinach and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Fall is falling, leaves are turning. You've been hunting or fishing or writing (like me!) or just plain working hard and you're hungry BUT you don't have time to prepare that meal that will bring you satisfaction from the tips of your taste buds to the soles of your feet. Until now. Here is one...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:10
11. The Woman in Black: A Movie Review
The Woman in Black: A Movie Review
A Recipe for Terror Take an imposing but decrepit mansion sitting on a spit of land in the cold seas of northern England, surrounded by brackish marsh and cut off from the rest of the world at least twice a day at high tide. The owner of the estate has recently died, but the house appears to hav...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:50:10
12. On the Wings of a Pig: John Steinbeck
On the Wings of a Pig: John Steinbeck
This reference to a pig is not intended to be derogatory: it is part of a motto John Steinbeck used throughout his adult life: Ad Astra Per Alia Porci - Latin for "To the stars on the wings of a pig." He was referring to himself, also choosing the self-deprecating description: a "lumbering soul t...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:06
13. Historical or Hysterical?
Historical or Hysterical?
There is a featured program on one of the American cable networks that regularly airs war movies, interspersed at commercial breaks with the host (Lou Diamond Phillips) interviewing a military expert to find out how realistic the movie was. Some of the movies walk away with high ratings for accur...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:08
14. January 24, 1848: A Golden Moment in History
January 24, 1848: A Golden Moment in History
Gold was discovered in California on January 24, 1848. How significant was that discovery to the history and evolution of the state? Author Robert Cowley has compiled the writings of several prominent historians into a book called What If? in which historical events are re-imagined: What would h...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:00
15. The Halloween Tree: A Book Review
The Halloween Tree: A Book Review
Did you ever wonder where it all started? Why we dress in costume and threaten to scare others for that little bit of candy on this night, of all nights? Why are we fascinated with the terror that Halloween can evoke? Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree is no dry historical treatise on the origins...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:06
16. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Book Review
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Book Review
A Most Worthy Woman In the Chinese culture it is reputed females are not as valued as they are in the West. I cannot personally vouch for this, but have long heard that this is true, and has been for centuries. Despite this assertion stories of strong and influential Chinese women abound. From pe...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:17:26
17. In Person - Maya Angelou
In Person - Maya Angelou
I owned volumes of her poetry, her autobiography. I knew her face from TV appearances. I recognized that unmistakable voice whenever and wherever I heard it. Then, in 2010, my friend Rita and I had an opportunity to hear her, to see this wonderful soul in person. Maya Angelou was to speak at the...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:15
18. My Holiday Tradition: Homemade Stockings
My Holiday Tradition: Homemade Stockings
More than 60 years ago, my grandmother Mimi used her sewing skills to create a special stocking for her first grandchild - me. At two to three-year intervals thereafter, stockings for each of my brothers were added. What my grandmother couldn't have known is that her simple creative act touched ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:11
19. How I Learned to Love My Hair
How I Learned to Love My Hair
...with a little help from John Frieda.I don't normally write product lenses. I have nothing against products lenses, it's just that I don't think about recommending products to anyone unless (1) they are a friend of mine and (2) they ask.However, I'm going to make an exception -- at least this o...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:19
20. Broken for You: A Book Review
Broken for You: A Book Review
Pieces of the Heart When Wanda Schultz comes to live and work in Seattle, she is as brittle and sharp-edged as shards of old porcelain. When Margaret Hughes invites Wanda into her mansion as a boarder, the guarded older woman is as fragile as the fine china settings that line the rooms of her ho...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:50:46
21. Will We Stop Living Dangerously?
Will We Stop Living Dangerously?
On Saturday evening April 13, 2014, I joined some friends for a preview of the new Showtime documentary from James Cameron: Years of Living Dangerously. In this first of nine installments, Cameron chose to focus on three specific aspects of climate change: (1) how the deforestation of Indonesia ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:50
22. Teachers of Merit - May 7th is National Teacher's Day
Teachers of Merit - May 7th is National Teacher's Day
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." - Lily Tomlin I've been a student most of my life in some form or another and, therefore, have encountered many teachers. I can't remember them all, but there have been a few... Some I liked, some I felt ne...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:06
23. My Top Ten List of Cate Blanchett Performances
My Top Ten List of Cate Blanchett Performances
This talented Australian actress has portrayed queens (both flesh and elven) and a pedophile, a sadistic Russian military commander and a neurotic housewife, a silver-screen icon and a hopeless gambler. And with every role, I believe. I believe she is the person she wants me to believe she is. I...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:50
24. A Renaissance for Ye Olde Book Shoppes
A Renaissance for Ye Olde Book Shoppes
They really do exist. Quiet and unassuming, they peek through the urban landscape like the delicate ferns and lichen that emerge from a fire-ravaged forest. They don't shout their existence, but discreetly stand as a testament to endurance and persistence. They are independent bookstores. I fear...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:51:49
25. The Local Buzz - at Hicklebee's of course!
The Local Buzz - at Hicklebee's of course!
Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore in Downtown Willow Glen (a district of San Jose, California) that has been catering to the reading tastes of its community for over 30 years. That type of longevity is remarkable for any business, but especially for a book shop in the age of Amazon.com. Wh...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:05:49
26. Little Pictures of Japan: A Book Review
Little Pictures of Japan: A Book Review
Books are my friends. They have always been my friends, to be enjoyed time and time again. As a child, I cherished their familiar feel and voice. They were old friends, yet new with each reading. Entertaining and enlightening. Not much has changed in the ensuing years. My printed friends are sti...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:54:38
27. The Strength of Character
The Strength of Character
On May 2, 2014, my grandfather was going to be 102 years old. Edward Owen Carter (called "Ted" by most, but "Grampy" by me) was my dad's stepfather: a patient, kind, and thoughtful man whose gentleness has ensured his special place in the lives and hearts of his family. A few years ago, I sat d...
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:54:38
28. Top Five Reasons to Remember Tom Wilkinson's Name
Top Five Reasons to Remember Tom Wilkinson's Name
He might be anybody: your neighbor; the put-upon doorman at your high-rise; the local bookstore owner. Anybody. But he isn't. He's the talented and versatile actor Tom Wilkinson. On screen, British-born Wilkinson has played famous American statesmen, British generals, as well as doctors, lawyers...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:02:18
29. Embracing the Elephant: A Book Review
Embracing the Elephant: A Book Review
Experience the California Gold Rush...and discover how far some will go for love. Publishers Weekly calls it "historically evocative."  Embracing the Elephant is a coming-of-age adventure set during the California Gold Rush. From the pages of Embracing the Elephant: We awaken to decks and railin...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:15
30. War Horse - The Theatrical Production
War Horse - The Theatrical Production
Yesterday (August 12, 2012), my husband and I had the privilege of seeing the San Francisco production of War Horse at the Curran Theater. It was, in a word, magnificent. I can think of no play and few musicals with which I have been more enthralled, more engaged, or more impressed. It was a mov...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:53:20
31. My Six Pix for Scariest Black-and-White Movies
My Six Pix for Scariest Black-and-White Movies
What is it about being scared that we love? When I was a kid, I begged my parents to let me stay up late to watch monster movies and horror flicks...after which I was almost too frightened to walk down the dark hallway to my bed. I leapt from the doorway into the bed itself and pulled the covers...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:55
32. Six Horrible Father's Day Gifts
Six Horrible Father's Day Gifts
I am reminded of the gifts I gave my dad on Father's Days Past, when he was alive. Gifts for Mom were a lot easier to select - candy, flowers, perfume, jewelry, brunch. These are things I still get for my mom and she always seems to enjoy them. She says she would be happy with only a card, but I...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:14:52
33. Riggs - One Man's Guardian Angel
Riggs - One Man's Guardian Angel
I belong to a group on Facebook entitled Dalmatian Lovers. All of us are self-proclaimed Dalmatian nuts and we post pictures, videos, and stories of the lovely creatures who own us. I can't keep track of the number of postings each day and I never tire of them. Dalmatians are such beautiful dogs...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:54:15
34. The Angelfish Kid
The Angelfish Kid
When my middle granddaughter Isabella announced that she wanted to be an angelfish for her children's community theater production of The Little Mermaid I balked. Since I am commonly known as the "Sewing Grandmother" in the family, I'd already agreed to morph her sister Avalon into a jellyfish. B...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:18
35. Ten Books That Open Your Eyes to the Golden State
Ten Books That Open Your Eyes to the Golden State
We have Hollywood. We have Disneyland. We have The Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Building, Yosemite and Malibu. We have Giant Redwoods and grizzly bears, sourdough bread and Fisherman's Wharf. California can boast a plethora of modern "wonders" and ancient beauty. However, did you know...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:27
36. The Road: A Book Review
The Road: A Book Review
Reality scares me - more than fantasy, more than horror, more than science fiction, I am petrified by a realistically presented story that exposes humankind for what it is (or can be). The Road by Cormac McCarthy is just such a story. It was the best book of its kind I've ever read; it was the w...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:47
37. Black and Boo
Black and Boo
Breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of ill luck. Walking under a ladder is also bad, as is opening an umbrella indoors, singing at the table, or a bird flying in a window. Humans have many luck-related beliefs that, to this day, remain part of our culture despite little evidence to supp...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:50:46
38. A Patriot Game - Would You Vote for These Men?
A Patriot Game - Would You Vote for These Men?
That would be the late 18th Century...of course. Ever wonder how 21st Century Americans might react to one of the original Founding Fathers if he were still alive and running on the next presidential ballot? Would we vote for him? Would we want him to represent our country, be the Leader of the ...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:54:22
39. A Parade of the Pets
A Parade of the Pets
In the Hart household, there was never a time without pets. Sometimes there was only one, but usually it was a zoo. And it wasn't limited to cats and dogs: when I was in High School, we had two dogs, four cats, a canary, two turtles and two mice all at the same time. Mom was not pleased with the...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:02:15
40. John Adams: A Book Review
John Adams: A Book Review
A Recalcitrant Patriot John Adams, the second president of the United States, described himself as a farmer, sometimes a lawyer. Perhaps he would have been happier had he spent his life on his Massachusetts farm or practicing law in the countryside around Boston, but America would not have been t...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:01:49
41. King Arthur - A Literary Barometer
King Arthur - A Literary Barometer
King Arthur Pendragon is a unique character in terms of history and literature. His existence is debated, yet his legend has survived for over 1500 years. All major literary works (and there are hundreds) dealing with Arthur are classified as fictional, yet from each tale readers may glean a sign...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:54:22
42. The Agony of Publicity - 10 (maybe more) Ways to Promote Your Book
The Agony of Publicity - 10 (maybe more) Ways to Promote Your Book
What does it take to have a best-selling fiction book? To be on reading lists everywhere in the U.S. (and maybe beyond)? To have your book be a great success? I haven't a clue. But I'm willing to learn and, as I do, I will fill this lens with information that you (as an independently published ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:54:22
43. Four Tiny Toys of the 1960s
Four Tiny Toys of the 1960s
By necessity, toys are small. For millennia humans have been crafting toys made to represent the adult world reduced to fit in the hands of a child. Miniaturizing is nothing new. However there was a time when only the rich could afford tiny hand-crafted niceties -- it took a lot of time and effo...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:41:29
44. Close Encounters of the Round-about Kind
Close Encounters of the Round-about Kind
Roundabouts kept me from killing my mother. It's true. Roundabouts saved my mother's life and my sanity. Had it not been for these lovely little traffic circles, I might be an orphan now. Or in jail. Or who knows. Let me explain... Introductory image from an article on "The Busiest Junctions in...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:42:11
45. Confessions of a Squidoo Addict
Confessions of a Squidoo Addict
It's a fact. Once you try Squidoo, you'll never be the same. One minute, you're a normal, healthy, active human being -- then WHAM! You get hit in the face by some Squidmonster (or SquidAngel or something like that). And you're hooked. How do you know? Oh, you know!
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:54:22
46. The Skeleton Keeper
The Skeleton Keeper
I'll bet there's somebody in your family who does what I do. Maybe not everyone has heard that Uncle Fred spent time in prison or that Grandma Myrtle once owned an establishment that was, shall we say, less than savory. I'll bet there's somebody who knows these things, however. Somewhere, somebod...
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:19:13
47. Relish that Cran-Cran-Cranberry Relish
Relish that Cran-Cran-Cranberry Relish
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving came in a can...mostly. Canned yams, canned green beans, canned cranberry sauce (and eventually cranberry relish). The turkey, potatoes, and gravy were about the only things made from scratch. I changed that when I started fixing Thanksgiving meals for my fami...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:30:21
48. I Feel A Thong Coming On
I Feel A Thong Coming On
Several years ago, an actress friend of mine was appearing in the period musical Ragtime. I was quite excited for her good fortune and peppered her with endless questions. During the course of the conversation, Jeanine mentioned that the costume designer for the show was insisting that the female...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:53
49. Oh Rats! July 22nd is Ratcatcher Day!
Oh Rats! July 22nd is Ratcatcher Day!
Ratcatcher's Day pays homage to the man who rid the town of Hamelin from its vermin! Who was he, this man of legend? And why is he celebrated and reviled in turn? It is a mystery. And even before we begin to explore the nature of this enigmatic man, another puzzle surfaces: what is the true date...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:53:52
50. Transformers
Transformers
When I watch a movie, I want to believe the actors are who they say they are. Simple, right? Not always. Too many of the people in movies are not actors so much as personalities - they may be widely appealing, but their popularity is based not on their acting chops but on their own character. T...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:06:06
51. Save the Bay
Save the Bay
"Save the Bay" is a rallying cry: for everyone who wants to learn about and understand the history and importance of a wondrous natural resource whose existence and well-being impacts many lives: The San Francisco Bay. "Save the Bay" is an organization: dedicated to restoring and maintaining the...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:09:00
52. Colby -- the Clown Prints of Dalmatians
Colby -- the Clown Prints of Dalmatians
Colby was our first Dalmatian. He was not to be our last. He has been gone now for thirteen years, yet I will never forget him. For all intent and purposes, Colby was a rescue dog and came into our household with all of the baggage that comes with most rescue dogs -- fetishes and phobias and fea...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:08:44
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Book Review
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Book Review
Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Novel Delivers a KA-POW Punch If you love comic books, read this book. If you don't love comic books, read this book -- and perhaps, like me, you will come to appreciate some of the comic book's allure. If you are interested in the development of the cul...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:12
54. Wall-E: A Movie Review
Wall-E: A Movie Review
One-Stop Shopping If you're looking for romance and adventure, look no further than Disney/Pixar's environmentally friendly boy-meets-girl fable, Wall-E. Wall-E is a tale as old as time - only with a twist: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds her again and saves the planet in the meantime.T...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:52:07
55. Animal Babies - Quizzes to Test Your Knowledge
Animal Babies - Quizzes to Test Your Knowledge
We have many names for human offspring: baby, infant, newborn. As they age, there are even more: child, toddler, tot, kid. Our language is rich with references for newly arrived humans. Some of the first words spoken by those young humans are the informal names for animal offspring: kitty, puppy...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:51:44
56. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy: A Book Review
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy: A Book Review
Ask "The Expert" Who do you ask when you want to find the best children's book? The expert, of course -- a child! In this case, I didn't even have to ask my granddaughter, Avalon, what her favorite book was. I already knew: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis, with colorful illustration...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:49:00
57. Travel without Traveling - Six Books That Take You Places
Travel without Traveling - Six Books That Take You Places
Travel through space and time without ever having to leave your armchair. Experience a Staycation to satisfy a wanderlust. Travel without traveling. It's easy. Just read. The following books will take you on journeys far and wide. Some are fantasy, some are fiction, some are experiential. All of...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:52:11
58. Wedded in History
Wedded in History
I keep the family photographs (See The Skeleton Keeper). I have thousands of photos that date back to the late 1800s. Unfortunately, they are not as neatly kept and organized as I would like, but that is a job reserved for another day. As of now, I simply keep them and cherish them. I have pictu...
Relationships & Family - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:49
59. It's A Treat To Trick
It's A Treat To Trick
It began innocently enough. I wanted to prevent the dogs from barking whenever the doorbell rang - that would have only served to scare the children. To prevent the dogs from going berserk, I decided to distribute the Halloween candy from outside the house. We have a big front porch; we live in C...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:23:25
60. The Jellyfish Kid
The Jellyfish Kid
It's a character for a children's community theater production of The Little Mermaid! One of several little sea creatures scampering across the stage, stealing the scene (and your heart). Parents (and grandparents) are scrambling to craft costumes meant to transform their little talking mammals ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:15
61. A Less-Than-Perfect Life
A Less-Than-Perfect Life
When Grant Hart died in 1985, he was only 55 years old. During that short lifetime, he had served as a U.S. Marine, briefly tried acting, married, fathered children, designed rockets, succeeded in the aerospace business, owned a candy-and-ice-cream store, and broken ground on a camping/RV resort...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:54:07
62. The Seven Things I Like Most About The Environmental Volunteers
The Seven Things I Like Most About The Environmental Volunteers
On the eve of his inauguration, President Obama asked the nation to think about local communities - what individual voices could do for our own neighborhood to positively champion the causes that are closest to our hearts. Closest to my heart is the environment, animals and children (not necessa...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:49
63. I Write, Therefore...
I Write, Therefore...
I write. I write every day. I didn't always write every day, but in 2012 after publishing my first novel Embracing the Elephant I found I could not stop. One of my middle-school English teachers once encouraged us, his students, to keep a daily journal, to write whenever we could, whenever the s...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:09:47
64. Pumpkin Bread from Your Jack O'Lantern
Pumpkin Bread from Your Jack O'Lantern
That's right. No need to toss ole Jack out the day after Halloween (provided the neighborhood thugs have left him on your property). You can have your Jack and eat him, too. Thanks to the Rombauer ladies (of Joy of Cooking fame) there is a use for that burned out hull of a pumpkin that will put a...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:14
65. A Passion For Life - What College Can Offer
A Passion For Life - What College Can Offer
College is a great place to hone your skills, to increase your earning potential, and to validate and expand your knowledge and interests. It is also the best place to learn more about you: how you respond under pressure, how you handle competition, how you multitask. Best of all, however, colle...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:17
66. Misplaced Oscars
Misplaced Oscars
Oh no, that can't be! How could the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences (or simply "The Academy") present its highest honor to the wrong person or wrong film? How could they give the statuette fondly known as "Oscar" to someone or something that was less than the best? This lens is about...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:09:45
67. Making Sense of Scents - Bloodhounds Do It Best
Making Sense of Scents - Bloodhounds Do It Best
I don't mean the odors that come FROM us! I'm talking about odors we can detect! Why is it that my husband can put his nose into a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and detect leather and chocolate and smoke among the fruity smells, but I smell only berries? How is it that we can detect the scent of ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:06:25
68. When Balloons Ceased to Fly -- Really
When Balloons Ceased to Fly -- Really
I had not heard about a helium problem until I tried to order balloons for an up-coming event in mid-2012. It was then that I was told, due to a nationwide shortage, I couldn't buy more than 6 inflated balloons at any one visit. Nor could I order them for pick-up later in the week because the hel...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:37:26
69. Cutting A Rug
Cutting A Rug
There is little doubt in my mind that my granddaughters have caught the acting bug...all three of them. They participate in school productions, after-school productions, you name it. Because these are community-produced shows, the familial community is generally called upon to supply the costume...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:19:13
70. Eclectic Indeed - The Lensography of LHBeninger
Eclectic Indeed - The Lensography of LHBeninger
On the ceiling at my dentist's office, the staff displays 6 pictures of celebrity smiles, clipped from the pages of magazines such as People or Entertainment Weekly. Just the smiles. The objective is for patients to guess which celebrity belongs to the lovely lips displayed. It isn't always easy,...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:09:50
71. My Five Favorite Russell Crowe Performances
My Five Favorite Russell Crowe Performances
Many know him for his Oscar-winning performance in Gladiator. Too many know him for his off-screen exploits with flying telephones. No matter what you think of the personal life of Australia's perennial miscreant, however, I hope you agree that he is a brilliant and versatile actor. While Russel...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:32:31
72. The Rivals: A Book Review
The Rivals: A Book Review
Ever read a great non-fiction book about someone you'd never heard of? Neither had I until I picked up The Rivals during my research into California's history for my up-coming historical fiction novel A Veil of Fog and Flames (the second in the Embracing the Elephant series (also see Embracing th...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:09:47

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