August 31, 2018

Technically, it’s a collection of poems by Mary Oliver. The poems made an enormous impact on me. When one of the poems started with the line “You do not have to be good…” I knew the poem was written for: 1) old-school Catholics, 2) dutiful daughters, and 3) me.

August 27, 2018

“The Subterraneans” by Jack Kerouac. You couldn’t live in San Francisco in the 1980s and not feel the ghosts of the Beat Generation. I lived up the hill from North Beach and spent a lot of time at the Caffe Trieste imagining a jazz trio playing as poetry was being spok...

August 24, 2018

I ordered this wonderful poster that shows where some of my favorite television shows are located. Notice “Dr. Who” is in the Ocean.

August 21, 2018

Though I have been a Sci-Fi fan my entire life, starting with the original “Star Trek,” I had never heard of WorldCon, an annual Sci-Fi convention with a 76-year old history. A sci-fi event that’s that old made me laugh. I’m not sure why since writers have been making...

August 18, 2018

Okay, Maria and I don't have podcast episodes in the can yet. We still need to pick up a mixer and mics but we are getting closer. We have rundowns of 2 episodes, a logo we like and a tag line.

Thought you would enjoy the tag line process. Maria and...

August 14, 2018

Here is the next iteration of the British mystery fan podcast “Bloody Good” logo based on the terrific feedback from my friends and colleagues from Linked In. It was suggested that one of the “Os” be turned into a monocle. My podcast partner, Maria Notaras, and I both...

August 12, 2018

#1: “Wolf Hall,” by Hillary Mantel, is the most evocative book I have ever read. The writing is gorgeous. It shimmers on the page. Living inside Thomas Cromwell’s head during the reign of King Henry VIII is a fascinating place to be. 

I was lost when I first started rea...

August 9, 2018

Those are the words that appear on the back cover of “Baker’s Dozen.” I wish I’d written those clever words but, luckily for me, I hired a talented friend to design the cover.

Barbara Lebow is a creative director from the Mad Men world of advertising. I knew I picked a...

August 5, 2018

You can’t enjoy a witty and mildly gruesome British mystery show without devouring “Midsomer Murder.” There’s something like 116 episodes. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) retired for goodness sake. But, I like the cousin who took over, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) an...

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