Repost: Guidelines for Efficient and Effective Grocery Shopping

While transferring groceries from the shopping cart to my car this afternoon, I remembered the following post, which appeared on Whiskertips last year. Specifically, I remembered sections 10.1 and 10.2, concerning the connection between heat index and the propriety of leaving one's shopping cart right in the middle of someone else's potential parking space. Today's … Continue reading Repost: Guidelines for Efficient and Effective Grocery Shopping

It Doesn’t Rain at Night in June

For anyone who hasn't heard the shouts of wild rejoicing, here's the latest weather report: Shortly after 1:00 a.m., thunder rumbled and the skies opened. And once more the humble little cenizo proved itself a prophet: a harbinger of rain. Forgive the purple prose; I'm still a touch giddy. A piece of lore I picked … Continue reading It Doesn’t Rain at Night in June


My community theater debut came the year tee-shirts read, I Survived the Summer of 1980. That was a bad one, weather-wise. It was hot and dry. No rain, no time, no how. I spent June and most of July, four evenings a week, in the auditorium of a San Marcos junior high school. At the … Continue reading The CENIZO IS BLOOMING!

Book Review: Kaye George’s CHOKE

Question: If you combined Lucille Ball with Inspector Clouseau, what would you get? Answer: Imogene Duckworthy, amateur PI and main character of Kaye George's new mystery, CHOKE. Immy is a delight--the 22-year-old unwed mother of 3-year-old Nancy Drew Duckworthy (Drew), she lives with her retired-librarian mother, Hortense, in Saltlick, Texas; slings hash at her Uncle … Continue reading Book Review: Kaye George’s CHOKE

The fault, dear Brutus

A friend asked where I am in my Molly-writing process. I explained: My horoscope for June 7 read as follows: "June 7 - SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may not want to show people your work because you feel that it's unfinished. But a project that is completely finished is lifeless. So show where you … Continue reading The fault, dear Brutus

And is it gone, yes it is gone, alas

I was about 500 words into a post about Kaye George's new novel, Choke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery, when, upon clicking Save Draft, I received an error message I'd never seen before. Then I discovered I was logged into HOTSHOTS!, the local Sisters in Crime chapter's newsletter, and was, in effect, about to post on … Continue reading And is it gone, yes it is gone, alas

ROW80 Wednesday 6/1 Report

Pursuit of Goal #2 (exercise 30 minutes a day) having resulted in a disgusting case of sun poisoning rash, I cannot pursue either Goal #1 (write 500 words a day on Molly) or Goal #3 (go to bed by 11:00 p.m. every night). I'm much too busy scratching. Tomorrow, Goal #4: Calamine lotion. To check … Continue reading ROW80 Wednesday 6/1 Report