Summer is Simmering–Finally!

Dear Readers, San Diego gets socked in each spring with a thick Pacific marine layer, a.k.a., “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” But, yay! It’s finally burning off. Off came the patio furniture covers and winter blankets; away went the black walking coat; out came sundresses and sandals. So get a clue, adults. Join your kids…

Get Your Lion On

Dear Readers, Is it time in your personal or professional life to let risk-taking become part of your “living on the growing edge”? Want to stop limiting yourself? Stop comparing yourself to others? Flee your fences? Own your expertise? Roar like a lion? These were the questions posed by Marni Freedman as she discussed her book,…

Very Mysterious!

Dear actual or wannabe mystery-book-loving Readers, I just discovered and joined a mystery book blog! (Though figuring out how to navigate it is still a mystery.) The site contains comprehensive lists and commentary about cozy (non-gory) mystery books and series for all ages and allows input from readers. I certainly hope to see Nutmeg Street:…

Tasting Words

Can you taste words? Rani Kumar, one of my Botanic Hill detectives, and I can! We share an extra sensory ability called synesthesia. No, it isn’t fatal! It’s actually fun. Synesthesia is a mixing of the senses in the brain where one type of brain stimulation–such as hearing a word or name–makes you experience something else.…

What’s Jean-Francois Champollion Doing Here?

Dear Readers and future Egyptologists, Recently, I was looking for appropriate images for my book cover for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. Hieroglyphics came to mind, the picture script of the ancient Egyptians that decorated the temples, tombs, and sarcophagi of their kings and queens. That’s when I discovered Jean-Francois Champollion! Champollion was born in France and…

Why I Write

Dear Readers and Writers, In 2013, when I retired from a long career in teaching, I missed kids–especially interacting with them daily. Their creative questions and insights taught me much about them and more about myself. Their ability to fix my tech tools on the spot showed me that I didn’t know everything. They kept me…

Take Flight(s)

Well, I’m still stuck on the staircase! Here is a quote I like that involves staircases. It was written by a European writer named Franz Kafka, who lived from 1883-1924. Ponder this deeply: How does this quote apply to your life? “So if you find nothing in the corridors, open the doors, and if you…

Keep Climbing

Hey, Kids, If you read last week’s blog, you probably know by now that I LOVE staircases. It occurred to me that I should share my Staircase Pinterest board with you. Most of the photos are of staircases from the 1920s and ’30s. Maybe, I’ll use one of these ideas for my house. The style…

Up, Up, and Away!

Hello, Kids and Other Readers, Today, I want to share with you a somewhat quirky, favorite thing of mine. Staircases. Yes, staircases! I have never lived in a two-story house. I hope to build a second story onto my home someday so that I can have the overdue pleasure. Of course, I will have to…