Prize-winning Author of 3 Novels
I’m working on a novel set in Italy, Found in Florence, (more on that soon) but I’ve decided now was a good time to refresh my website. I plan to post regularly on my “Thursday Thoughts Blog” about my reading and writing life as well as some of the everyday pleasures I discover including cooking, travel and the arts.
As some of you know, my husband and I are in a new stage of life. After busy careers in Washington, DC, and a glorious 5 years in New York City (our senior years abroad) we are now living part of the year in Coastal Maine and part of the year in Southwest Florida.
As always, I love receiving emails on books you are enjoying and hearing about your adventures. Please feel free to check in any time at our Contact Page.
I’ve always loved public libraries. First and foremost, the books, but also the quiet and sense of order one finds there. Breathing in the scent of hundreds of books is a soothing tonic to me. When I move somewhere new … Continue reading
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr came out in May of 2014 to great acclaim. This novel was ten years in the making. The reviews were pretty much wildly favorable. Yet, for some reason I kept putting … Continue reading
I love to cook, but lately I’ve decided to simplify if at all possible. We’ve had a fair number of visitors here in Florida –always great fun, but when you have friends you need to provide food. At the same … Continue reading
Not long after I wrote the post on my love of letters I read the epistolary novel, Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. She writes about an English and Creative Writing professor at a small, undistinguished liberal arts college who … Continue reading
A friend recommended the book, “Staying on Alone,” the collected letters of Alice B. Toklas, written after the death of Gertrude Stein. The letters begin in 1946, the day Stein died, and continue until 1966. Toklas’s correspondence to friends, editors, … Continue reading
I rarely long for soup here in Southwest Florida, even in winter. Now and again I make a hearty soup on a rainy night, a “stay at home night” when you want to feel cozy, even though the temperature has … Continue reading
I just finished reading Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. I read this novel over a period of about three days and while I wasn’t reading it, some small part of me was still there, lingering in “Nora’s” life –her home, … Continue reading
Both my writer and reader friends wait eagerly for the onslaught of end of the year best book lists- the best 100 books, the best 10 books, etc. from the major newspapers and magazines reviewing books. The selection is a … Continue reading
“You don’t know how to knit European?” The flight attendant peered into my lap. Fortunately we were cruising smoothly at thirty five thousand feet. I don’t like rough air. She asked what I was knitting. I explained that I was … Continue reading
My daughter reported that she and her daughters spent last weekend in the kitchen making granola for her children’s teachers’ holiday gift. Having been a teacher for many years, I was often the recipient of homemade cookies and baked goods … Continue reading