In which Wolf Hall is coming

on February 26, 2015

Did you know? I don’t know about your local PBS station, but mine is frothing about this one. I have been watching loads of PBS lately thanks to “Downton Abbey”, “Grantchester”, and the adorable “Great British Baking Show”. (Who knew I could care so much about a Victoria sponge? Which, if we’re honest, sounds like…

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In which I am throwing everything out–but not you!

on February 24, 2015

I love to declutter–LOVE IT. It’s something I usually embark upon just after the holidays. Packing up the decorations lends itself to tidying up all kinds of other things. This year I chucked out several hundred books and it felt AMAZING. (They went to our local library for their book sale.) I also cleared out…

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In which I talk to y’all–all y’all

on February 19, 2015

Every once in awhile, this needs to be repeated because I KEEP SEEING IT HAPPEN. Please, for the love of God, don’t let it happen to you. Use y’all properly. This piece will explain how. I am an unrepentant Southerner. There are some things I deplore about our Southern culture, some for which I would…

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In which I need a set dresser

on February 17, 2015

Every once in awhile I see a film I want to move into–and an actress whose film wardrobe I want to purloin. Those are the movies I leave feeling annoyed because that world doesn’t actually exist. AND I WANT IT TO. Here are a few of my absolute favorites, movies that influenced my style in…

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In which I am leaving on a jet plane

on February 12, 2015

So I didn’t expect to be traveling any time soon–my release isn’t until the autumn and our trip to Europe isn’t until July–but husband has been logging LOTS of frequent flyer miles. He’s been gone three of the last four weeks on business, and during his last trip he realized he was supposed to fly…

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In which we’re pondering soap operas

on February 10, 2015

A few of my favorite writers on Twitter regularly live tweet their General Hospital watching, and it always amuses me. I have a very soft spot for the soap operas of my youth. They were HIGHLY informative about various facts of life, as well as making it abundantly clear that a plot twist was a…

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In which I really, really don’t like scary movies

on February 5, 2015

I don’t do scary movies. I love suspense–classic Hitchcock is my jam and I like classic horror like 1930s Universal and 1960s Hammer–but I don’t do slasher movies or overly gory things. I can barely sit through “Halloween”, to be honest. If I’m going to be creeped out, I want it to be something that…

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In which we’re banishing winter bleurghs

on February 3, 2015

Ah, February–the short, dark month full of blah. (I honestly don’t know anyone who claims it as their favorite month.) The glitter and warmth of the holidays are behind us, but spring seems SO far away. What we need this month is a toolbox of tricks for making the days seem a little brighter. Here…

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