Update: Eclipse-mania sweeps US with ‘cosmic cocktails’ and sold-out hotels

Photo credit Romeo Durscher (NASA Images)
Photo credit Romeo Durscher (NASA Images)

I wrote a previous column about all the fanfare related to the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse. Now it seems everywhere I look on social media, people are talking about this eclipse.  Continue reading “Update: Eclipse-mania sweeps US with ‘cosmic cocktails’ and sold-out hotels”

Indie thriller ‘Kill Club’ a great summer read set in iconic city

author David Jack Smith
Author David Jack Smith (photo used with permission)
'Kill Club' novel cover
‘Kill Club’ cover art used with permission.

In between books I read for research—mostly history—I like to read fiction that takes my mind off the real world. I came across Kill Club by David Jack Smith, and it proved a perfect fit for my late afternoon coffee reading time on the deck. A mystery-thriller, the book would lend itself well to film.

The book opens with a kill, with the novelist placing the reader in the mind of the murderer. The catch is we don’t know the identity of the murderer, and this sets up a guessing game for the reader as the plot unfolds. Continue reading “Indie thriller ‘Kill Club’ a great summer read set in iconic city”

Why does summer seem to go more quickly after July 4?

moon and fireworks
The moon made a nice focal point above the fireworks in my neighborhood.

From the time I was a kid, July 4 was a special holiday. I loved the fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, and family time. I still do. But July 4 represents something else to me.  Continue reading “Why does summer seem to go more quickly after July 4?”

Band Mom: Making a song

music score sheet for guitarLots of songs we hear nowadays are a collaboration among members of a team. Many of these songs are formulaic—an award-winning songwriter once explained to my daughter the standard format for a good country song. Naturally, she disregarded everything he said. Continue reading “Band Mom: Making a song”