New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!

EXTRACURRICULAR – BOOK 1 RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!       Happy Almost Summer to You! Now that San Francisco’s monsoon rains have finally let up, Martin and I have been taking long walks every day. It’s great to see flowers in bloom again! The tulip trees were first, then the daffodils, followed byContinue reading “New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!”

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow

This year, when Natalie Portman gets her shot at Oscar gold, her very visible baby bump will be there, front and center– And swathed in some sumptious designer couture. That ain't no OshKosh B'Gosh. As it should be. Portman won the Golden Globe for her terrifying performance in THE BLACK SWAN, and she's considered theContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow”

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows

Graceful, glowing, and nine months pregnant, Catherine Zeta-Jones won her Best Supporting Oscar for her role in the bawdy musical, Chicago. Her flowing gown, black and low-cut with beaded straps, was complimented with a beautiful pare of pink coral earrings from Fred Leighton. The actress’s speech included the admission that “My hormones are way tooContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows”

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows

In 1955, Eva Marie Saint wasn’t about to let her pregnancy (with her first child, Darrell, whom she delivered two days later) keep her from attending the Academy Awards in order to accept the Oscar for her performance in On the Waterfront. The gossip columnists of the day weren’t cruel enough to diss her for herContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows”

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows

In 1983,  Meryl Streep kept her sixth-month baby bump from the public (she was carrying her actress daughter, Mamie Gummer) with this slimming shimmering pleated gown. What brought home the gold that matched ensemble was her role in Sophie’s Choice. __________________________________ Don’t forget to enter the contest for my novel, THE BABY PLANNER  for a chance toContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows”

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows

Among the blessings to be counted in 2008, Cate Blanchett had two Academy Awards (Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There) and baby makes three. Her dark blue satin dress was designed  Dries Van Noten gown, which she wore with stilettoes, oversized jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz bling, and aContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: Winning Glows”

Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health

The despair felt by the parents of the mentally ill — especially those whose illnesses, such as schizophrenia, manifest into anger and has caused them to do physical harm to others — is unfathomable by the rest of us. These are not bad parents. They are people who love their children, and have done theirContinue reading “Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health”

Wow! Victoria Beckham is pregnant with her fourth child.

Posh Spice has a bun in the oven. The big question now is if she's carrying it high, or low. Supposedly a high baby indicates a girl. And after three boys (isn't that half a soccer team?) Mrs. Beckham deserves a little sugar in her life. Until she knows for certain, it's anyone's guess, though.Continue reading “Wow! Victoria Beckham is pregnant with her fourth child.”

Thanks, Multnomah County Public Library, for putting me on your shelves.

Multnomah County (OR) Library has nine copies of SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES on its shelves, and I feel honored that it does. It's doubly sweet to me when the library is based in one of the most environmentally awe-inspiring places on earth. If you have not yet visited Multonomah, County, you're missing someContinue reading “Thanks, Multnomah County Public Library, for putting me on your shelves.”

Passing it forward in 2011: Want to earn a free book?

My gal pal (and consumate pie lady) Kristin Isaacson has inspired me to play "Pass if Forward 2011". Here's how it works: I promise to send something handmade — in my case, my pies can't hold a candle to hers. Instead, I'll give one of my books (of my choosing)– to the first five peopleContinue reading “Passing it forward in 2011: Want to earn a free book?”

Octomom: A Mother in Name Only

If you're looking for family tragedy, just go to the headlines: Lindsay Lohan and her family. Brittney Spears and hers. And then there's "Octomom," the public moniker for Nadya Suleman, a woman whose only claim to fame is that she gave birth to octuplets. She has a total of fourteen children, thanks to her obsessionContinue reading “Octomom: A Mother in Name Only”

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