To the Person Who Stole My Bag

With my phone and credit card and keys.You cost me more than the $5 in cash that was in my bag. Thankfully, the credit card company did not hold me responsible for your $5 charge at Ralphs supermarket and, I later learned, $267 charge at Walgreens, but I still had to get a new phone and change my locks.You also cost me a lot of mental stress. But, that's not difficult to do for a neurotic writer....more
FernRonay He had his phone & rental car keys on him as he walked along beach talking with me ...more

Best Advice My Mother Ever Gave Me: GO!

17 year old Me: I don't think I want to stay in New Jersey forever.  I think I want to go to college out of state.Mom: GO!20-something year old Me: My application to Fordham Law School got lost.  F$^%!  I think I'm going to Boston.Mom: GO!30-something year old Me:  H is being transferred to Chicago.  I think we're moving.Mom: GO!...more

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