Category Archives: Let's Talk Books

A Happiness Project: Mine!

Today I got up extra early, showered, put on makeup, grabbed my garment bag and hopped into It whisked me into New York City and dropped me off at the front door of ABC Network’s studio that produces I met … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life! Reading, Reception & Giveaway

On Tuesday I read my humorous essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” published in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life! aloud to a group of more than 70 people at the Montclair Public Library (MPL) in Montclair, … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life: 3 Writers, 3 Stories, 3 Readings — 1 Book

An essay I wrote was published in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life.  And that’s a thrill! Many, many of my writer friends know how exciting it is to see their words in print, in a book. And … Continue reading

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Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop: New Friend! New Read!

At the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop (EBWW) in April I was fortunate enough to meet many, many talented writers, including a few from my home state of New Jersey. Carol Binkowski is one of them. When I saw Carol at … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Couples: I Am Too a Writer

Months ago, I submitted an essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” for possible inclusion in an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to get accepted as a writer since the … Continue reading

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Mommies: Scary and Edgy

When my two kids were growing up I was sometimes scary, but edgy? Not unless you count the part where I followed them around thisclose as they learned to walk. It’s been almost two decades since my youngest was born, … Continue reading

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“Cat of the Century”: It Takes a Cat to Write a Purr-fect Mystery

The critical elements of “Cat of the Century,” a recent book in the ”A Mrs. Murphy Mystery” series by Rita Mae Brown, include a centennial fund raising birthday party, a killer blizzard, possible embezzlement and corruption, long-simmering enmity among board … Continue reading

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“The Teaberry Strangler”: Tea and Murder, a Cozy Couple in Charleston, SC

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop; her dog, Earl Gray; Drayton, the shop’s resident master brewer; Haley, the shop’s resident chef and dessert maker; Detective Burt Tidwell, head of the robbery-homicide division of the Charleston PD; and a … Continue reading

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“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”

Have you read “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” by Helen Simonson? I was cruising the book offerings at Costco, picked it up, opened to the first page and started to read; when I looked up for the first time and remembered … Continue reading

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“Saving CeeCee Honeycutt”

This past Saturday I did something purely fun, purely educational and purely for me — I attended a one-day intensive “Novel Writing” Class. As a way to introduce ourselves our teacher, famed novelist Pamela Redmond Satran, asked us to introduce … Continue reading

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