What is a Facebook Party? or Aching for Nora Roberts

A friend read the previous post about how Facebook parties work and still didn’t get it. “What the heck is a Facebook party?” she asked. Here goes: Imagine you are a fan of the lovely, incredible, wonderful Nora Roberts. You want to meet her, you ache to meet her. She has been your lifelong idol. You might even take a bus trip up to her Turn … Continue reading What is a Facebook Party? or Aching for Nora Roberts

What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day seems to get bigger and bigger every year. It’s a day that never seems to turn out well. When I was single, I dreamt about it and cried that I had no one to share it with. Now that I’m married, I have different priorities and it seems my husband can’t get it right. . The truth is, it’s entirely my fault. I’m … Continue reading What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Inspiration at the Met: China Through the Looking Glass

Possibly one of the most frequent questions I get as an author is: Where does your inspiration come from? The answer: From everything, and everybody, everywhere.  An example of this is from a recent trip to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fantastic exhibit, China Through the Looking Glass, had all the hamster-wheels in my brain running at full speed. In possibly the world’s best curated exhibit, the amazing … Continue reading Inspiration at the Met: China Through the Looking Glass

Palms and Traditions: Celebrating Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, a holiday that many Americans overlook. But in churches around the world, people gather, pray, and use palm fronds during the mass to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Among Italian-Americans this day is a whole lot more. I remember my father making us go to a second church service if the palm fronds at the first church weren’t to his satisfaction. … Continue reading Palms and Traditions: Celebrating Palm Sunday