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A Tale of Two Kitties . . .

  MOM! THANK YOU for my new box! I love it! Got window, got sunbeam, got ma bed! *purr purr purr, life is good!* Hey, Fat Floof! What the hell? Kick off my bed and steal my sunbeam? You’ve got … Continue reading

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Mothers, Friends & Random Acts of Kindness

I WAS SPEAKING to First Reader about love and loss and how to properly remember someone, something that’s been weighing me as we approached this Mother’s Day and my mother is no longer with us. Her death is like the phantom … Continue reading

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How #MeToo Took down an Olympian predator. I wonder who will *examine* the doctor first. In prison . .

I WISH THEY’D quit calling Olympic events Women’s Gymnastics and call it what it is– Girl’s Gymnastics–Gold Medal Winner Dominique Moceanu is 14-years old, for heaven’s sake. And while it’s a little to late for Larry Nassar to zip up his pants … Continue reading

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Friends are the family we choose for ourselves

IT’S BEEN A rough couple of years for most of us, and I don’t know what I’d do without my friends, particularly my female friends. Friendships come in all shapes, sizes and species–and they often from unexpected places. Most of … Continue reading

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Saving the world from emotional porcupines

Kathy L. Murphy, the Pulpwood Queen, has been leading the charge on literacy front. In these times of willful ignorance, reading is more important than ever. She’s also a cheerleader for authors (’cause you know, writers (at least this one) … Continue reading

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How to thwart an evil villain: Get your own evil on

IN HONOR OF Dr. Martin Luther King day, I’ve doubled down on faxing the living daylights out of the smug old white guys who are supposed to represent me in Washington. Despite my assault on their office resources, it hasn’t … Continue reading

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Jim Cantu: How the boy became the man Cauley admires

BACKSTORY, IS, FOR the most part, best saved for Last Call at Down Town Austin’s Scholz Garten, and only then if you’re picking up the tab. For the most part. Some writers do it beautifully, and in some cases, the backstory is … Continue reading

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The Man She Thought She Knew . . . Cauley MacKinnon Book 4

FIRST READER ASKED me this summer if I trusted him. I said, “Of course! Wait. What am I trusting you about?” He had an idea about delving into Cauley’s relationship with the character’s childhood hero and first crush, Jim Cantu. … Continue reading

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Writing via Brain Mapping: Because my mind can be a scary place to visit alone…

IF YOUR BRAIN looks anything like mine, it’s a desktop full of 13,000 open browsers. My brain is a dangerous place, best not entered alone. But I’ve found a tool that helps tame Beast-Brain, and massages creativity to an elevated … Continue reading

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The Naughty List: It has its perks

THIS MORNING, CONVERSATIONS around here turned to Santa’s Naughty List. If the Jolly Old Elf really knows if you’ve been bad or good, we decided there should be a Naughty Patrol. Since prisons have been privatized–ahem, you know Ted Cruz … Continue reading

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