The Liturgical Mysteries by Mark Schweizer

The 1st Book in Mark Schweizer’s Liturgical Mystery series is The Alto Wore Tweed. This fun, quirky series is about a small town police chief, Kayden Konig, who doubles as the local church organist and choir master. Hayden has also managed to purchase Raymond Chandler’s ancient typewriter and – in between the sleuthing and musical episodes …

Peculiar Crimes Unit Mysteries by Christopher Fowler

Book 1 of the Peculiar Crimes Unit series, also known as the Bryant and May mysteries, is Full Dark House. The quirkiness starts in book 1 and continues through the entire series. Almost makes you Google to see if there really is a Peculiar Crimes Unit in London, England. I like reading this series in order …

Creating a Vegetarian Soft Foods Diet

Dental and medical problems often require a soft foods diet. And for vegetarians, this can require a bit of extra research and creativity.  Has your doctor or dentist ever told you to eat a “soft foods diet” for a specific dental or health problem? And did you find out, like I did, that most soft food …

Message from a Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

This spiny orb weaver spider brought me the message I needed to hear When we moved into our new apartment in April 2013, our next-door neighbor turned out to be a spiny orb weaver spider. At the time, I didn’t know what type of critter she was… I just knew that she was a pretty funky-looking …

The Queen of Courage

My mother, Anne, was the Queen of Courage in my life – a graceful, gracious and tough lady, especially when faced with adversity. The Finns have the perfect word for her kind of toughness – sisu – which describes determination and perseverance when faced with adversity. My mom had sisu up the wazoo. That’s why I …

Do What You Love by Henri Junttila

Following Your Heart to a Life of Joy and Fulfillment In a compilation of 16 essays, Do What You Love by Henri Junttila leads the reader step-by-step to an understanding of what can happen when we begin to be aware of – and listen to – our inner wisdom. This is not a new concept for most of …

On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen King on the Art, Craft and Business of Writing On Writing is the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read. It’s an excellent memoir of his life as a writer: what got him started, how he built his writing portfolio, and how his stories evolved, through vivid imagination and astute editing. But I’ve never read …

Crafting the Personal Essay

My book review of Dinty W. Moore’s Crafting the Personal Essay In my investigation of “alternative” styles of writing, including everything “flash,” I came across a book edited by Dinty W. Moore called The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. I was impressed with Moore’s introduction to that publication, so I  bought Crafting the Personal Essay, which …

It All Changed in an Instant

My Review of It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure I’m a (pre) baby-boomer and, last spring as I approached my 69th birthday, I got a little nostalgic and started looking up books on memoir writing. Not that I wanted to write an actual book about my life story, …

The Moment – Life-Changing Stories

The Moment is about life-changing stories… of 125 writers and artists… and me. Do you recall “the moment” in your past when something so significant happened that it was literally life-changing? If so, you’ll enjoy the 125 stories in The Moment, a book of “wild, poignant, life-changing stories from 125 writers and artists famous and obscure.” In …