Flash Fiction: Missing Piece

The room was buzzing with nervous chatter, the bar crowded with patrons waiting their turn. It was by far the largest speed-matching event Nancy had attended. She checked her phone again, still no update from Julie who had texted to say she was running late. Of course. As always. Julie was the only reason Nancy…

Flash Fiction: Tree Rocket

Molly finished wiping away the crumbs left behind from lunch and looked over at Harper who was keeping her little hands busy by coloring big loose circles on paper on the floor. “What shall we do this afternoon, kiddo?” Molly asked. Harper shrugged and swapped a red crayon for a blue one. “We could put…

Rat-a-tat-cat

I have a rat problem. I’ve lived in my house for over 8 years, and I’ve never had a rodent problem before. Mainly, I assumed, because I have always had several cats. Indoor cats, they aren’t allowed outside, but most of them were street cats before I adopted them, so they know their way around…

Book Chat: Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail

Last week I accepted a challenge to read a book I hate. I picked three books at random off the shelf and started with T.J. Forrester’s “Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail“. Well, my first attempt was a failure as I enjoyed the story. It is not, however, one I would have selected if I…

Jackfruit Tacos at PlatePower.org

Remember how I mused about new fun ways to use one of my favorite tropical ingredients, jackfruit? No? Here’s a refresher at “Wonderful Aroma of Jackfruit” I have since posted recipes for Jackfruit Muffins and Jackfruit Curry. A friend and colleague is offering a recipe for absolutely amazing looking Jackfruit Tacos. Visit Matt Prescott’s new…

Embarrassing Innuendos

This morning I was listening to my usual radio station, Star 94.1 – Jesse Lozano in the Morning, and they were doing their bit asking for callers to report instances for “The Lonely Parents Club”. Basically, callers talk about some embarrassing moment that their innocent kid spewed from no where. An example of this from today’s call…

Read a book you hate?

Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by…

Fluffy (gluten-free, low sugar) Brownies

My niece is spending the week with me and while we are having a lot of fun “girl-time” and I’m getting to play tourist in my own town, there is one thing we have to keep track of at all times: Carbs. She has Type 1 Diabetes and everything she eats needs to be accounted…

Pre-crastination: making deadlines for the sake of having deadlines

I don’t procrastinate.  I do the opposite of procrastination. Procrastination is the thief of time. So much wasted time. I streamline every little movement to avoid wasting as much time as possible. Because time is finite and you can never get back a wasted moment. I respond to emails the moment I can, my inbox…

Readingitis – How to get sick from reading

I love reading. I always have.  In my childhood, I’ve been grounded for reading past my bedtime curfew, hiding flashlights under my pillow and ducking under the covers after the “goodnights” were shared.  I’ve been yelled out to go outside and do something in the sun…I’d take a book with me and climb a tree….

Crazy Brazil Nuts

Whenever I get a mixed bag of nuts in the shell, my least favorite is the Brazil nut.  But I still eat it.  Why?  It’s kind of a famous nut for being able to help protect the rainforest.  And I want to help protect the rainforest. Eating the Brazil nut is an easy and nutritious way…

Green Morning Juice

I’ve been craving a good green juice lately.  If you’ve juiced, you know how it is.  You also know how much of a hassle it can be to make!  When I picked up my CSA box this weekend it included a bunch of dandelion leaves.  Now, I’ve tried lots of ways of eating these raw and cooked…