The Cowgirl and the Crime Writer: Chapter One

The Cowgirl and the Crime Writer: Chapter One

The Cowgirl and the Crime Writer: Chapter One Saturday, April 20, 2024. Clio, California. 4:30 pm. I stood knee-deep in a stack of Bekins boxes piled almost to the garage ceiling, feeling tired, grumpy, and grumbly about unpacking another damn container jam-packed...
Feet Under the Table – Dinner in Italy.

Feet Under the Table – Dinner in Italy.

Feet Under the Table – Dinner in Italy. September 20, 2023. The local Starbucks summoned with the promise of a caffeine gift after a long morning at the computer and the prospect of an afternoon with more of the same. The good news is a creamy latte always fills a...
Chef Laura, Morning Champagne and A Pinch of Salt 

Chef Laura, Morning Champagne and A Pinch of Salt 

Chef Laura, Morning Champagne and A Pinch of Salt  Day One. Meeting Chef Laura was like shaking hands with the CEO of a large, multinational company. She managed to exude all at once an in-charge personality (even if the business was culinary), a pleasant Italian...
Last Days in Florence 

Last Days in Florence 

Last Days in Florence  April 2023. Packing a suitcase for what one hopes will be a memorable trip and repacking that same suitcase for the trip home can be filled with cherished memories, unexpected disappointments, or somewhere in between. I’ve done both. The night...
Enough Pizza, Music and Dominique. Meeting Francesca.

Enough Pizza, Music and Dominique. Meeting Francesca.

Enough Pizza, Music and Dominique. Meeting Francesca. November 27.  On our fifth day in Florence, the sun shone bright and hot. Jim wanted to find a bench and read. I wanted to prowl and photograph.      Across the street, half a block away, I saw a walkway that led...