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”
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”
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?”
Lots 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”