A Christmas Cookie Club Party during Covid! Yes, we did it!

posted on: December 8, 2020

Last year, as I ended the story about our annual Christmas Cookie Club party I wished everyone a wonderful holiday season. “ And a peaceful 2020.” Well, we haven’t had a peaceful year.  In fact, 2020 is probably the most chaotic, frightening and tumultuous year for our country during our lifetimes.  And yet, we develop ways to… Read more

International Connections

posted on: March 16, 2020

Today a friend, a Swiss reader of The Christmas Cookie Club whom I met over the international social media, wrote to make sure that I and my dearest were doing well.  Since the publication of the first Christmas Cookie Club book, we’ve communicated.  This time, it’s not about cookies, baking or parties, but COVID-19. One of… Read more

Cookie Party Time!

posted on: December 10, 2019

  Monday evening,  we gathered for our annual cookie party.  I had made fifteen dozen pecan butter balls, placed them in baggies with a little extra confectioners sugar, wrapped them in red and green patterned tissue paper, and tucked them in bags decorated with a curly bow.     This was my nineteenth party!  Yes… Read more

Christmas in July: New Honor for The Christmas Cookie Cookbook!

posted on: July 29, 2019

  Every once in a while a wonderful surprise is buried among the mountain of emails with great news. Last week an email from my website notified me that my cookbook, The Christmas Cookie Cookbook is included in a list of 11 Delectable Reads for Foodies and Those who Love to Cook! And am especially… Read more

The Story of Infidelity: The Publishing Roller Coaster

posted on: May 1, 2019

      “Infidelity is a page turner, loved the magical childhood parts. And so honest. That’s the most important thing for a memoir. I’m sending it out tomorrow. I know this is going to sell.” Never had I heard my agent so excited. I poured my hope, heart, and several years of my creative… Read more


posted on: March 25, 2019

  Certain topics are so intensely personal that people tend to shy away from discussing them, but sometimes they must be talked about; sharing stories can lead to understanding, healing, a new life. Adultery, something that is often hidden under the proverbial rug, is one of those topics. But a recently re-released book by a… Read more

The Page 99 Test

posted on: February 1, 2019

“Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.” –Ford Madox Ford I applied the “Page 99 Test” to the new edition of Infidelity and reported the following: Page 99 of Infidelity centers on ethnicity and race in an American family, which is a secondary theme of my memoir…. Read more

Getting a Pulitzer nomination

posted on: January 8, 2019

  I don’t remember which city I was in or which TV show I was about to do. My make up was done, and I waited in the green room ready to be ushered onto the set for the interview. Probably swinging my leg in nervousness. I was on the book tour for Infidelity composed of hops… Read more

Serendipity in Books I Read this Year

posted on: December 12, 2018

This is the time for reviewing the year. Newspapers and online columns list of best books of the year.   This year, I read three novels back-to-back examining romantic relationships in which one partner was significantly younger than the other. Although I have been involved with much older lovers and much younger lovers, I had not… Read more

Shooting the Movie of Infidelity: On the Set

posted on: November 13, 2018

      (This is Part II. Read Part I here) The most important effect on my career was what I learned from the process. The next was the WOW factor. On the set in New Orleans, I recognized many of the actors from movies and TV programs and watched them switch to their roles… Read more