From the “Are You Kidding” File

I read several blogs that cater to chefs, food writers, and foodies. One post I read recently was a Q&A with a culinary R&D specialist at a large company, where she tests new products and develops and tests recipes for the company’s cookbooks and website. Before I continue, let me give you a quick back … Continue reading From the “Are You Kidding” File

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Green-Eyed Monster Is a Bitch

Some of you already know—and for those of you who don’t know—I write a weekly blog over at Women & Words. Back in February, I wrote about how my frustration over not being able to succeed in selling a certain nonfiction project led me to hate someone. This someone has nothing to do with my … Continue reading Green-Eyed Monster Is a Bitch

Getting on Track

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged. That’s because the holidays, as they do every year, kept me very busy. It all becomes a whirlwind of pressure and I sometimes wonder if I’ll make it to the new year with my sanity intact. I always do. Sort of. Then the holidays ebb away … Continue reading Getting on Track

Like Fine Wine

I just had a birthday. Like, yesterday. I won’t say how old I am, but let’s just say that I now have to check off a different age box on some demographic questionnaires. I find it so interesting how your perspective on life and attitude about the things and people around you change as you get … Continue reading Like Fine Wine

Into the Next

The members of my writer’s group are under the impression that I have a following. That’s very sweet of them to think that, but it’s really not all that big. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who are “overnight successes,” it takes years to build an audience. I put quote marks around that because … Continue reading Into the Next

Pay It Forward

I recently visited a friend down South and something interesting happened. We went to have breakfast in a local diner and as we approached our table, my friend noticed that there was a credit card on the table. She picked it up and gave it to the server, who brought it to her supervisor. As … Continue reading Pay It Forward

Happenings Within Reason

People keep telling me that everything happens for a reason. It would be nice to believe that. It makes everything bad that happens seems not so bad because there’s a purpose for it. Sometimes we get actual proof that a bad or inconvenient event led to something good. The examples I always think of in … Continue reading Happenings Within Reason