Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

When my husband and I moved to “the last dog-patch in Boulder,” we started inviting our friends over for Sunday Soup Kitchen. Our neighborhood is one of Boulder’s oldest and is mostly small older houses that were being used for students. Not any more. The neighborhood is close to downtown which means it’s quickly transitioning from student housing to people who want to be able to walk to everything in Boulder which is...

Read More

SPIDER!–Big One–flash fiction story

SPIDER!–Big One–flash fiction story

My idea of flash fiction is a story under 300 words. Here goes:   Marta is cleaning her kitchen when she discovers a spider. She hates spiders, especially big ones. This one is BIG-BIG. It has spun a web across the back half of a lower cupboard where she keeps the pans she seldom uses–tube pan, mini-cupcake pan, etc. etc. Seeing the spider startles her enough she nearly spills her bucket of water. She’s engaged in a serious...

Read More

Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Another try at short-short story that’s under 300 words. This one is under 200 words. Is that enough to get the idea? Routine of a Long-Married Couple A married couple has dinner in a French Bistro the day after Christmas with a cousin neither has seen in years. They have just finished dessert when the waiter appears with a complimentary after-dinner drink. The drink is wonderful–like nothing they’ve ever tasted. Later, they...

Read More

BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

I hate writing blurbs for my own books. “If I could write the book in 100 words, I would,” are word every author has said at one time or another. Trust me, I know! Problem is getting worse, not better. Think Twitter, flash-fiction, sound bites . . . 100 words is beginning to seem l-o-n-g!!! END OF RANT Here’s the blurb for my next book. It will likely change, but I would love to hear your comments. Does it catch your interest?...

Read More

Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

My granddaughter wants to go to space camp. Not cheap, but I think we’ll make it happen. Made me think about Cinderella and that ball gown–those glass slippers. What else might have changed Cinderella’s life? books—they open the whole world airfare–travel broadens and leaves the traveler more likely to embrace different people and different ways lessons–music or dance or art or photography or sewing or...

Read More

Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules! Rules! Rules! You got a bike, a dog and a swimming suit——–And the beach is off limits!!!!!   I remember reading a John Updike short story about a young man working a boring summer job bagging groceries. Some bikini clad girls come in and buy beer and chips for a picnic at the beach. They invite the young grocery bagger to join them, and he does. He hands his apron to his boss and follows the girls out the front...

Read More