Imbibe local brews at LIT: Readings & Libations

Will this Maine winter ever end? I’ve given up asking and have surrendered to the ever-present and ever-growing banks of white that surround and envelope our yard, stream from an upstairs balcony outside our bedroom and provides a white “lawn” on our deck where birds too big for the feeder land and peck at the […]

Bombogenesis? You can’t make this stuff up!

Beef cooked with Murphy's Stout, a fine Irish meal

Why write fiction, when I can turn on Al Roker, or the Weather Channel or even our local lovable weather people (my faves are Kevin Mannix and Joe Cupo) and learn that the storm that might prevent my having my morning cup o’ joe has a fancy new name? I’m holed up in Waterville, which […]

Drink your Medusa, or be turned to stone.


When I was a kid I was a complete library geek, way before “geek” came into my lexicon. I remember sitting in the various Air Force base libraries, one in Tachikawa, Japan, the other at Westover Air Force Base, and spending entire Saturday afternoons reading.I got into a phase, probably age 11, when I read […]

Irish apple cake: make it year ‘round and enjoy

Irish Apple Cake

I’ve been waxing poetic, or perhaps obnoxious, about apples all Fall, after I heard Rowan Jacobsen talk about heirloom varieties that are long gone, or endangered. His latest book is Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders, which outlines in great detail the origins of apple growing in this country, and […]

#Shoplocal: Christmas trees in Oakland

Christmas Tree 2014

Thanksgiving went by and I didn’t blog because I wanted to be truly present for my family. We had a fantastic day, even though my two daughters couldn’t be with us. Meg is in Aspen, Colorado working at Little Nell, a 5 Diamond/5 Star resort where the rooms go for upwards of $3,000 to $6,000 […]

Brewing up mysteries at Crime Bake 2014

Thankfully no real bodies

After a twenty year wait, two decades of raising kids and working a day job, I finally attended the annual writers’ conference sponsored by Sisters in Crime, a group formed in the 1980’s to raise awareness that women mystery writers made less money than their male counterparts. Men are allowed in, of course. What fun […]