Write Drunk, Edit Sober: What I Learned in My Travel Writing Course

Earlier last month, I mentioned a five-week travel writing course that I had enrolled in through Vancouver Island University. A few commenters asked me to share key takeaways. Here's what resonated. 1. Sharpen Your Hook Think: Title, opening sentence and accompanying photos. A great hook captures your readers’ attention, draws them into your story and …

How Not to Die

I admit it. I've been jealous of the relationship that some people have with their cookbooks. I sense you grinning here, but it's true. Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, The Best of Bridge...they've all seemed to have chosen their prom dates, while I've sat on the sidelines longing. And that scene in Julia & Julia, where …

Eating Our Way To, Through and From a Seattle Mariners Game

For my husband's birthday, I was thinking Elton John tickets. He suggested an excursion to watch a Mariners game. I was sure that I was in for the equivalent of watching paint dry. As the weekend progressed, I realized that baseball is the secondary sport for most ballgame viewers. The primary sport is eating and …

My Interview at ‘Loving the Fifty Something’

I was delighted to be interviewed at Loving the Fifty Something for the 'Incredible Over 50' Series.' (In my case, that's well over 50!)  This series focuses on embracing every chapter of our lives with a view toward positivity, relationships, fitness, and giving back. I would be delighted if you would drop by, have a read...and linger …