Confessions of a chronic dieter

I was a pudgy child, or so I saw myself.  Others may have called me solid.  One boy friend told me I wasn't fat, just well-packed – like this was what a teenage girl wanted to hear from a guy she wanted to date? I have been thinking of food all my life.  Seriously.  I don't need a shrink to tell me that food fills emotional holes.  The first one [...]

By | 2016-12-30T05:00:08+00:00 2016|Blog|9 Comments

Do you multi-task?

More aptly, can you multi-task? Some people can't. Some do it now and then. Some are able but unwilling. Where do you fall on the spectrum? I'm of the able-but-unwilling school. I used to multi-task more than I do now, and age has something to do with that. But it's a positive thing. I'm wiser now. I choose now to multi-task less. That said, it's taken me a while to [...]

By | 2016-02-10T05:00:33+00:00 2016|Blog|3 Comments

Sleep habits of the grudgingly mature

Here's a pressing question: Does the need to pee wake us up, or do we wake up for another reason entirely and then decide to pee? And another one: Do we wake up early because our eyelids have thinned out so that even the first light of dawn penetrates, or do we wake up early because we went to bed early? I've always been a morning person. I'm out of [...]

By | 2015-12-02T17:00:41+00:00 2015|Blog|14 Comments

Being Grumpy

I'm a positive person. I pride myself on that. But there are times – there are times – when frustration sets in, and I need to vent. I've shared pet peeves with you in the past, but I'm revisiting them now. Do you agree with any? Do you have your own? First and worst, drivers texting. When someone darts out in front of you from a side street, then crawls [...]

By | 2015-09-30T10:00:51+00:00 2015|Blog|21 Comments

Let's Talk Eggs

Do you eat 'em? Not so long ago, we were told to limit our intake. Too much cholesterol, they said! Not healthy, they said! But now, recent studies are showing that the cholesterol in eggs isn't all bad. Take a look at this article.  Interesting, huh? Clearly, you should eat eggs in moderation, just like you do any other food. Three for breakfast, three for lunch, and three for dinner [...]

By | 2014-08-21T05:00:45+00:00 2014|Blog|4 Comments

Novel salad

There will be six of us for dinner Saturday night, including a couple of really good cooks, meaning that if I try to compete, I fail.  So what to serve?   I may write good books, but a gourmet cook I am not. My gut tells me that it's best to go with simple and fresh, which, this time of year in the Northeast, means a big multi-ingredient salad.  Fresh [...]

By | 2014-07-23T05:00:21+00:00 2014|Blog|15 Comments

Page Change

Whoa.  I just looked at my last blog, and realized how long I’ve been gone!  Well, not really gone.  I’ve been here at my desk the whole time, plugging away at my new book.  But now we’re into October, and sweet corn is passé in New England.  What’s in?  Apples and cranberries (the picture below is actually of cranberries).  Ginger and yams.  Cool nights.  Fall foliage. I’ve lived in New [...]

By | 2013-10-13T12:00:19+00:00 2013|Blog|6 Comments

In praise of sweet corn

'Tis the season. We've had fresh sweet corn around here for weeks now, but I’m in Massachusetts, and that corn is from Georgia, which isn't to say it isn't good, simply that it isn't local. Locally-grown produce is a big part of Sweet Salt Air, and though corn isn't a major player in the book, I want to honor it here.  I’m lucky enough, both at home and at the [...]

By | 2013-08-22T06:00:59+00:00 2013|Blog|7 Comments

Too many ads

Do you see ads? I mean, do they actually register with you? I ask this after reading an article in my local paper, The Boston Globe.  It’s about Gen Y-ers, or Millennials, and though I’m way older than they are, I like the fact that I occasionally behave like them.  They ignore ads, says this article.  Having grown up in a sea of ads, they take them for granted, just [...]

By | 2013-08-15T06:00:52+00:00 2013|Blog|3 Comments

Snapshots of SWEET SALT AIR

Last week's blog talked about which character in this book is my favorite, but I have other favorites here.  Since Sweet Salt Air is a highly sensual book, I’m thinking see, smell, feel, hear, and taste.  I’m calling them snapshots, because they’re just quick little moments from the book.  I guess that makes this blog an album. Favorite sight?     A ghost ship on the ocean in the early morning mist, [...]

By | 2013-06-10T06:00:30+00:00 2013|Blog|6 Comments