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Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace! What’s a writer to do when his characters come alive?
December 10, 2012 27 commentsby

Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace! What’s a writer to do when his characters come alive?

“I talk to myself, because I answer quickly,” quips grizzled writer Sid (Lawrence O’ Leary) to his three created characters: ...

Shop Local This Holiday at the Wintertime Farmer’s Market
November 15, 2012 7 commentsby

Shop Local This Holiday at the Wintertime Farmer’s Market

For this year’s gift giving, enterprising shoppers might skip the malls and hit the Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste ...

Lunar Notes
November 15, 2012 8 commentsby

Lunar Notes

Forecast Period:  November 15, 2012 to December 13, 2012   Aries:  Get ready for some changes in the financial situation. ...

2nd Story Answers the Call
November 15, 2012 2 commentsby

2nd Story Answers the Call

J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opens on a family at a dinner party, coat tails and white bowties in abundance. ...

Book Review: Buddhaland Brooklyn
November 13, 2012 59 commentsby

Book Review: Buddhaland Brooklyn

Soon, it will be winter. You’ll look out over brown fields and at empty branches, and though you understand that ...

Shop Local This Holiday at the Wintertime Farmer’s Market
November 13, 2012 7 commentsby

Shop Local This Holiday at the Wintertime Farmer’s Market

For this year’s gift giving, enterprising shoppers might skip the malls and hit the Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste ...

A Tale of Two Cons
November 13, 2012 No Commentby

A Tale of Two Cons

9 a.m., wolfing down a breakfast burrito, rushing over the suspension walkway toward the San Diego Convention Center, I end ...

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’
May 19, 2012 9 commentsby

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’

“Tell me a story.” Put on the spot like that, one’s mind tends to go blank. Based on the context, ...

Leith's 'Coincidence Engine' Digs Deep, Dark
May 3, 2012 11 commentsby

Leith’s ‘Coincidence Engine’ Digs Deep, Dark

Somewhere, the spirit of Douglas Adams is crying foul over Sam Leith’s new novel The Coincidence Engine. Lifting from the ...

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’
March 15, 2012 22 commentsby

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’

A female acquaintance of mine once complained about baseball that “All it is, is a bunch of guys standing around ...