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Oxford Commas, Colons, and Videotape

During a family dinner a couple weeks ago my fellow writer and brother-in-law and I were comparing our current writing projects. Somewhere into my second Old Fashioned, the discussion turned to commas. While his current writing falls squarely in the business genre β€” and…

March 9, 2018
Hitting the Reset Button on Defining Friendship
Blog Life Lessons

Hitting the Reset Button On Defining Friendship

A couple weeks ago a friend was having a work anniversary. I discovered this only because of LinkedIn, one of the social media platforms I intermittently weave through during the week, clicking “Likes” and occasionally sending messages. It’s not a social media platform I…

February 2, 2018
Blog Dishing It Up

The Food Trends Fallacy And What To Do About It

To prepare for the New Year, I did what all conscientious food writers do. I Googled food trendsΒ and although a bit blown away by the more than sixteen pages, I scrolledΒ through the litany of food trend predictions. This meant wading through a pea soup…

January 5, 2018
This Is The Dawning of The Age of -ish
Blog Brainstorms

This Is The Dawning Of The Age of -ish

I turned 55 last August and decided a number is only that. A number is a line on a dial, a grasp at definition, a point from which all relativity must flow. For some, it may be an attempt to characterize one’s personality. For…

December 1, 2017
The Face of Homelessness Isn't What You Think
Blog Good Ideas

The Face of Homelessness Is Not What You Think

Chris Llamas will turn 27 next May. He might bake a birthday cake and whip up a batch of meatloaf, his favorite food. He learned how to cook from his Grandma, using her handwritten recipes. He hasn’t been able to cook for years, but…

November 3, 2017
taste perceptions
Blog Dishing It Up

Is What You Taste All In The Perception?

I recently had a run-in with a sweetbread and decided it was offal. Stop looking at me funny. That was a pun. We were ordering dinner at a restaurant celebrated for its way with food and opted for the “tasting menu.” Before a crumb…

October 6, 2017
Derailing best laid plans
Blog Life Lessons

Derailing The Best-Laid Plans

I am married to an obsessive-compulsive vacation planner. He is unable to go on a trip without making plans for the next one. I’ve tried to get him to relax, but that’s how he’s wired. As we sat in an airport bar last January…

September 1, 2017
Fireflies Allow Running With Scissors
Blog Brainstorms

Fireflies Allow Running With Scissors

I have a sister who is very wise, wiser than her years, perhaps. She’s younger than me, but knows a lot when it comes to common sense. In her wisdom, she only makes suggestions about two things. The first is to remind me to…

August 4, 2017