Monthly wrap-up!

on September 29, 2016

September is drawing to a close, my dears, and it’s time to remind you of all the good things you might have missed! First, the October newsletter goes out soon, so if you haven’t already signed up, please use the form on the right sidebar of this page to get onto the list. (We never…

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On the mat, on the bookshelf

on September 27, 2016

Last June I made a number of changes in my routine. The first was to make a regular practice of yoga, committing to do SOMETHING on the mat every evening. (Full disclosure: I take off on average one night every two or three weeks when I feel my body just needs a bit of extra…

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Dear friend…

on September 22, 2016

I have a friend named Sherri who is quietly starting a revolution, I think. In an age of text and email and Snapchat, Sherri has been writing letters–short notes to let her friends know she’s thinking of them. Sometimes they include coloring pages with elegant swear words, and sometimes they are postcards, but they are…

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On the bookshelf

on September 20, 2016

I’m back! Home from Bouchercon and beavering away, putting the finishing touches on the first round of Veronica’s third adventure. While I’m busy with my favorite Victorian lepidopterist, I thought I’d spend the rest of the September posts giving recommendations for nonfiction reads. Today we’re starting with a little Americana–not my usual field, to be…

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When I was pondering lightness

on September 15, 2016

I am out of pocket, dear readers, so I am offering up this bit from the archives from 2013. I’m in New Orleans for Bouchercon; check out my Appearances page for details. Hope to see you there! So yesterday I turned 45. It seems like a benchmark birthday–the next round number is FIFTY, after all….

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On paring down and just getting things done

on September 13, 2016

I am out of pocket, my dears, and so I bring you this post from the archives…I’ll be appearing at Bouchercon this week, details on my Appearances page. I’m still paring down around here, tightening up the book while I’m tightening up everything else! I hauled four bags of clothes out of my closet the…

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Indulge me, will you?

on September 8, 2016

I do love a good indulgence, don’t you? A little luxury can make the difference between drudgery and pleasure, turning something as mundane as bill paying or grocery shopping into a bearable experience. I keep a running list of things I enjoy, not just for myself; favorite treats are also a good way to let…

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on September 6, 2016

It feels as if 2016 were slipping by at a cracking pace, and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking, FINE. Bring on autumn and bonfires and falling leaves and sweaters and pumpkins and foggy mornings. But those seasonal delights are still a few weeks away for us, and I should probably focus on…

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