3 Errors in 3 Classics

I’m in the middle of the semi-final revision (I hope) for my next novel. Grammar is a hound that never resets. And in some cases, may be a matter of opinion. Rules, as they say, are often meant to be broken. For example, here are three errors identified by Grammarly, in well known tales. Which […]

Sunday Supper: Spicy Salmon with Feta Beet Salad

There are so many ways to eat fish, once you get your favorite technique down, the flavors are entirely up to you. I find wrapping a fillet in tinfoil and baking at a high temperature is my favorite. Garlic, ginger, lime zest, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste was the perfect combo for this […]

How to Pick Yourself Up in 1 Easy Step

I was down on the world the other day when a friend sent me this link to a panorama of the world. The sites and sights they capture are amazing. And when I realized I had been to half of these beautiful places, like the Maldives, the Great Wall of China, or Petra, Jordan, my […]

How to Use Your Hair to Stand Out

Ask any woman, or metrosexual, and s/he will tell you hair is a like a cathedral’s spire. One of my childhood friends agrees and would add that spires come in all types of textures. GoodHair will be the first, national hair salon chain specializing in care and styling for women with textured (i.e., kinky, coily, […]

Sunday Supper: Potato Pancakes

I am a leftover makeover artist because like a frumpy dresser, dishes have so much potential when given new attributes. A bowl of breakfast potatoes is no exception. You can puree cooked potatoes into a base for pancakes, mixing in your fancy. Mine included tuna, corn, salt, pepper, flour, onions, and an egg. Make sure […]

Where to Find Hate on the Internet

Lent begins today. With none of the fanfare of Christmas, or the revelry of Mardi Gras, this is the Christian season of sacrifice, a time of introspection when we prepare for Christ’s coming sacrifice at the Crucifixion. Giving up something is a symbolic way of remembering what was ahead of Jesus and forcing us out […]

One Question to Ask Before You Die

The recent Facebook announcement about enabling “legacy accounts” reminds us: We will all die. That’s the honest truth that we forget. From the moment the wrapped bundle is put into our arms to say hello, we are on the path of depreciation, until we are back in the hospital, arms around the same body, to […]

Sunday Supper: Homemade Mussels

I love to make people their favorite foods at home. Often it’s not as hard as we think it might be. Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was that this is true for mussels as much as anything else. The tricky part in doing a mussels dish is to make sure you leave enough time for […]

Podcasts that Will Motivate You to Get in the Car

Traffic is a routine part of city living – unless you are lucky enough to be in a metropolis that has excellent public transportation. While Qatar has aspirations for a subway system, we aren’t there yet. I drive often and for long stretches everyday: dropping off the children, picking up the children, taking myself to […]

What to do with Disappointment

In our shiny, bright worlds, we forget that life doesn’t always go “as it should.” People have their own agendas and these can clash with your personal or professional happiness. I had a moment last week that snowballed until it knocked me off my feet. In an area of the perfect Facebook timelines, I struggled […]

Sunday Supper: Meatless Meatloaf (Smells like the Real Thing)

A good friend recently had a baby. I was thinking of a go-to meal that would be easy for them to pop into the oven whenever they were hungry. Thinking ahead, I realized we might be as well, later on. I doubled this recipe to have two loaves, one to give away and one to […]

How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block

Excellent, excellent advice by NPR’s Ira Glass, interviewer extraordinaire. “[Making good work] takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?” Okay, Ira. Okay. What’s the best advice you’ve heard about fanning the creative spark?

Home Calamari for Superbowl Sunday Snacks

So many yummy snacks and treats – how to choose? If you want something a bit out of the ordinary, try this no fail calamari. You know I love to adapt while cooking, and substituting crushed croutons for bread crumbs gave these bites an extra bit of flavored, delicious crunch. Try adding your favorite mix-in […]

The Year of the Irascible (White Male) Genius

I love this time of year because the Oscar buzz sends the film industry into hyper drive. First comes the speculation between the Golden Globes and the Oscar nomination announcements. Who will win? Who will be snubbed without a mention? This year, the noticeable lack of diversity among the list of nominees sent social media […]

Artichoke and Potato Soup for Sunday Supper

Ah winter. It’s what soup was made for this. This hearty one has my two favorite flavors, artichokes and potatoes. Whatever else you include is up to you! What’s your favorite cold weather dish? Artichoke and potato soup for #sundaysupper #nomnomnom #homemade #instagood #veggies #vegan sauté and boil in broth: add your mix-ins of choice […]

Secrets to Losing Your Phone and Not Your Mind

We bumped down the road, a friend’s custom designed home receding in the background, and I said: “I can’t find my phone.” On the first Friday of the new year, we were on a road trip, racing back through North Carolina to dinner with another set of friends in Virginia. In the last three weeks […]

Sunday Supper: Not Your Mama’s Tuna Casserole

My mother never made Tuna Casserole but in the chill of winter, a nice creamy casserole can warm you up like any curry. I modified the idea of this standard recipe which calls for peas, cream of mushroom soup, and tuna by adding whatever I wanted cleared out from the cupboards. This included onions, artichokes, […]

Beginner’s Guide to Veggin’ It

The best way to keep a New Year’s resolution from becoming an object of dread is to take small steps to follow through. I was on the phone with a friend while at the grocery store this morning. She said her resolution was to try making one new dish a week. Several years ago, I had a […]

My Year in 6 Photos

Take a few seconds today and reflect on the year behind you. Whether through Facebook or Instagram, it’s never been easier!

Sunday Supper: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

The year is winding down. I hope it’s found you happy with loved ones at your table. Maybe it’s the children or maybe it’s lack of motivation, but I love having dinner in for these get-togethers. Nothing fancy mind you, because that spoils the laid back nature of being at home. Whip up these Cauliflower […]