Tag Archives: Holidays

Happy Holidays!

This is my favorite time of year. I love the lights and good tidings, not to mention all the crazy shows on TLC and HGTV about Christmas-themed weddings and competing with your neighbors to decorate your house (which I like to watch while gorging on peppermint bark).  (A festively decorated Key West house, with a […]

Best of 2011

Happy New Year! By the time you read this, it will most likely be 2012. How could another year have passed so quickly? I don’t know. All I know is that 2011 went by like lightning. Like most writers, I am a person of deep reflection (mostly when it concerns the lives of my characters, […]

My Dead Valentine

It’s that day again: The day some people love to celebrate with little pieces of paper cut into the shape of a heart and exchanges of gifts of candy and jewelry, and other people hate with an all-mighty passion. But don’t worry. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, I’ve got Valentines for everyone: 1) […]

Resolution: Have More Grit

I just saw True Grit starring Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. It was fantastic. But it made me realize how lacking I am in grit. Could you, like Mattie Ross (played by the amazing 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, the true star of the movie), endure hangings, gunfights, stabbings, having to sleep next to […]

Best of 2010!

Sure, 2010 had its downsides: the horrible economy, the earthquake in Haiti, the BP oil spill, just to name a few. The weather certainly could have been better. And what was with all those bedbugs? But in what other year has something touched all of us as deeply as the miraculous rescue of those Chileans […]

Awesome Gifts, Some of Which You Can Win

If you’re like me, you’re panicking right now, realizing how behind you are in everything, including your Christmas shopping (if you’re shopping for Hanukkah, you’re basically screwed). So here are some ideas for you (for gifts. If you, like me, had a book due last week, all I can say is, welcome to the club […]

The Mark Ruffalo Effect

If you’re like me, you probably spent the holiday weekend eating, shopping, and watching movies. I have to send most of what I bought back because of course I bought it online and it’s way too small (this probably would not be the case if I hadn’t also bought ten boxes of peppermint bark from […]

Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year again. The one where we cease all normal activity and are forced to sit at a dinner table with a bunch of people we probably don’t see that often (or sometimes even necessarily like all that much). In some households, we hold hands with these people, say a prayer, then […]

NaNoWriMo, Witchery, and Signs

I guess it’s time you all knew the truth . . . I AM a witch! Or at least I dressed as one for Halloween. I was a good witch, casting spells for peace and hope for everyone.


Fall in New York City is always magical (even if none of the tourists seem to be heeding the advice of the fabulous Stefon on SNL), but I’m glad to be home, first of all because Henrietta missed me so much (she hasn’t stopped talking since I walked through the door) and second of all […]