Q&A #1: Pride or Preference – Is It OK to Lowercase a proper name on Request?

Photo Credit: Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, & Rosalind Russell in  His Girl Friday, 1940. Today I received this cry for help from a fellow writer and editor who is so conscientious that he did his research before knocking on my virtual door this morning. A summary of his plight, and my opinion, follow (with his permission). Comments are … More Q&A #1: Pride or Preference – Is It OK to Lowercase a proper name on Request?

Illness Is Not Identity: Butterflies Are Free

“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to [me] what it concedes to the butterflies!” Charles Dickens, Bleak House. If you’re not familiar with Bleak House, which is one of the most complex—and one of the most rewarding—of Dickens’ novels, perhaps you’ve heard this quotation in Butterflies Are Free, a 1972 film (based … More Illness Is Not Identity: Butterflies Are Free

Update: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

Final lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp Reposted from The Patient Path March 19, 2014 The Patient Path . . . Yields Illumination Last weekend, I got the call from Pier 1 that my “new new” lamp was finally in. I had broken the “old new” lamp 10 days before while making the … More Update: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

Lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp Reposted from The Patient Path March 6, 2014 Shattered Glass & Fragmented Spirits Part of my personal treatment plan is to sort through all of my possessions—mounds of them, many of them paper records and memorabilia—and consolidate and clear out as much as possible. This is excruciatingly difficult. … More You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

Bouchercon 2013 Author Encounter: “Anne Perry’s Necklace,” Part 2

An aspiring author meets an expert, beloved one at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany. They are permanently linked through a beautiful blue necklace. . . . Part 1 Is Here Originally Posted on the Mystery/Crime Blog Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room. In Part 1, we left off where my friend Pat said, … More Bouchercon 2013 Author Encounter: “Anne Perry’s Necklace,” Part 2

Bouchercon 2013 Author Encounter: “Anne Perry’s Necklace,” Part 1

An aspiring author meets an expert, beloved one at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany. They are permanently linked through a beautiful blue necklace. . . . Part 2 Is Here Originally Posted October 5, 2013, on the Mystery/Crime Blog Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room. On Friday, September 20, with time to kill at … More Bouchercon 2013 Author Encounter: “Anne Perry’s Necklace,” Part 1