What Is the New West Test Kitchen?

I don't know if you remember the old community cookbooks. Every church seemed to have one. I have several stacks of them, and had been lamenting for so long that some of these recipes were just un-make-able today. And yet, the taste experience is so nostalgic for us. We grew up eating the recipes at potlucks, weddings, parties, and tables. [...]

You Say Goal, I Say Gooooooooooal...

A fellow author recently posted on her Facbook page about goals that writers have. It got me to thinking about the trajectories that different careers take, to wherever they're going, and how hard it is to predict a person's road to success. For instance, I have one writer friend who wrote the book of her heart, self-published it, and made [...]

The Hard Truth About Authors Following Authors

How are you with hearing the hard truth? When I was a kid, I hated the hard truth. I was idealistic and naive. I thought the world revolved around me, everyone was really good at heart, and everything would turn out great in the end (complete with happy ending). While I still believe in happy endings, I know that they're [...]

Summer TV Hits & Misses

Summer used to be the season of re-runs. Didn't it? I don't know when TV stations started doing this... well, I kinda remember... but it seems like summer has become the season of experiments. And like all things, some experiments succeed and some fail. Here's my take on what's currently making A's and what's currently in the toilet. (Mixed metaphors, [...]

A Particular Nostalgia

There's a specific kind of nostalgia that overtakes me when I am physically at home. My old home, I guess. Where I grew up. I can conjure nostalgia about almost anything, when it really comes down to it, but childhood memories are different. Of course, the general assumption when a person carries heavy childhood nostalgia is that they want to [...]