I LIKE THIS BOOK AND I CANNOT LIE…

So, I have a lot of author friends who are super cool and amazing writers. They are pretty much across the board awesome. I read their books. I read strangers’ books. I pretty much love books. But every once in awhile, I come across a book that makes me sick. It doesn’t make me sick […]

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So, since my college-aged daughter went to Israel on July 6, people keep asking me in person, in private messages, and social media some things that are sort of freaking me out. The first is this: Wait, are you Jewish? This is sometimes followed with, “You don’t look Jewish.” At which point I don’t know whether or not […]

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Dog Action? Book Action? Everyone is Looking for a Little Action

Random Woman on the Street (Walking her dog with the perfect grooming): Hey, are you still a writer? Me (Trying to get my dog from humping her dog because her dog foolishly is not into my dog): Um…. what? Random Woman on the Street: I heard you had another job. Me: Woman: Not that writing […]

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Julie Berry is an Evil Woman who has Ruined my Relationship with my Dog. Sort of.

Part of being a writer is reading books. Well, at least for me it is. Why? It’s good to study books because when you are studying how other authors write, you study: 1. How they make you cry or laugh or feel or care about the character. 2. How they ground you in the story. […]

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Human Trafficking and Being Noticed.

A woman standing by an elevated table at the front door to the hotel conference room signs everyone in. She speaks to the police officer in front of me and doesn’t acknowledge me once. I’m okay with this because he is so tall and broad that I know it’s hard to see me behind him. […]

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Lost Woman at the Delta Terminal

The thin, skin-dirty, crying woman had a hard time standing up straight. Honestly? The woman had a hard time doing pretty much everything. She stood at the ticket agent’s counter in front of me, shaking. Her hands jerked around a lot. Scabs of varying newness lined the grayish skin of her forearms. “I’m so sorry. […]

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Coffee Hound – My Favorite Place in Bar Harbor for Coffee Like Stuff

There is something about the smell of coffee that makes you think of Christmas morning, parents making the house safe before you get out of bed, pie time at Thanksgiving, gossiping with friends. There is something about the smell of coffee that makes our brains think: home.   It doesn’t matter how far away we […]

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