The Shop

"Okay, what quirky place inspired this story?" asked my editor upon reading the following tale. "It's too random not to be based on reality." My editor (who may or may not also be my mother, but she was an English teacher/professor so it's kosher) was right. This story sparked to life in an antique mall in…

Please share this letter!

No, this is not some "reblog to solve a major world crisis" post and you won't end up with bad luck for a year if you don't share. Odds are that if you ignore this altogether, nothing bad will result. However, I truly am asking you, my fellow lover of books, to share this post…

Everythingism

I promise I'll explain the cat sandwich in space picture in the end, so just bear with me for a few paragraphs, okay? Thanks. I am what most would consider a perfectionist, which is in itself both a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, it leads me to, more often than not, accomplish…

Two Poems for Two Places

Driving across my home state of Arizona, I was struck not only by the differences between my Sonoran Desert home and White Mountain destination, but by the subtle similarities between the two. While it might seem odd that I was able to find any commonality between these so apparently distinct places, I sensed a certain artistic…

Literary Tourism

Don't be a tourist. I don't mean don't travel; by all means, see the world and explore new places! But don't be a tourist, defined as "a person who travels for pleasure, especially sight-seeing and staying in hotels."   That doesn't sound so bad, but can one really experience a place through simply seeing sights and…