7 Things You Understand If You Have/Had Italian American Grandparents

1. "God Bless" gets added to practically every sentence. ...more

Casting Books I Love: Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti

Sometimes, when I look at the television guide and see that there is an entire day of Dateline: Real Life Mysteries lined up on Investigation Discovery or OWN, I’m ecstatic.Then, I flip through each of the episode descriptions. Saw that one. It was the husband. Saw that one. It was the wife. Saw that one. It was husband. Saw that one. It was the wife’s boyfriend. Damn. Oh well.So, when I read the first line of Thought I Knew You, I was hooked: “Greg and Cody disappeared on the same day.”...more

Casting Books I Love: The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

If you really love a book, you get to the end, to that part where it all comes together in a twist you never expected but that’s so delightfully satisfying, and you scream to yourself “Yes! I love it!” and maybe do that little kicking thing with your foot. But, at the same time, you don’t want it to end because you don’t want to be separated from these characters you’ve grown to love and you don’t want to leave this world you’ve been inhabiting.  You bring your foot down and maybe sigh....more

OJ Simpson on FX: Questions re Ep 1

 In Defense of OJ ...more

Laugh at yourself. Everyone else is.

I don't exchange holiday gifts with my in laws. We usually fly to them for Thanksgiving and time spent together is better than time spent, possibly wasted, trying to find a gift we hope each other likes. So this year when my sister in law told us to keep an eye out for two packages, I couldn't imagine what was coming. The first one arrived in a cylinder shaped box. It turned out to be an original Rocky poster for my husband (yes, Rocky, circa 1976. Pretty cool). So, I was on alert that the next package was "more for Jen." (I'm Jen at home)...more

Casting Books I Love: When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby

Meg Michaels is in a pickle the size of Texas.She's pregnant and starting to show but, other than her best friend Ellie, no one in her life knows yet. [Baby Gherkin]The father is not her fairly recent ex-fiance Bradley. [Dill]No, the father is actually her ex-boyfriend Jason. [One of those gigantic ones from the corner deli where you hand pick your own by reaching into the barrel]But, Jason, you see, is married with four kids. [County fair winning pickle]...more

Better in the Morning, a novel by Fern Ronay

Coming Spring 2016.                    ...more
KathleenGerard And that just made my day! Thank you for the vote of confidence!more

Casting Books I Love: Splintered Souls (Flames of Time Book 1) by Erica Lucke Dean

“How do soul mates bind together when there’s more than two halves to the soul?”Ava was already dealing with more than your average college freshman.  Her father passed away only six months earlier and she felt obligated to move from Virginia to her grandmother’s house in Maine with her mother and brother....more

Casting Books I Love: Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

*Alert: Spoilers Ahead*Twenty-five years of a relatively mundane life was all the gods would allow.  Never leaving North Carolina and resigned to life working at her parents’ bakery, it seemed the only interesting thing about Solina Mundy was her name. Solina. No Jessica’s or Jennifer’s in this story!Her twin brother Mani wouldn’t have it that way though. He’d left the southern continental U.S. for Alaska, where he worked as an outdoor adventure guide.  ...more

Iris Apfel: Lessons in Confidence

The documentary Iris - the last by the late and great Albert Maysles, who made my other favorite documentary of all time, Grey Gardens - was released in April.  I only finally - finally! - saw it. Thank you, On Demand. I knew before seeing it that what makes Iris so special is the unique way she sees the world. How fitting that she be called Iris, as her eyes view things so differently. I also knew she'd have to have an enormous amount of confidence. The glasses, the jewelry, the clothes, the self-designation as a "geriatric starlet."...more