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October 2, 2019

I am excited to introduce my new book trailer for Gina in the Floating world, produced with the help of the talented Melissa Dee. It may seem odd that I've chosen to do this on the anniversary of my book launch, rather than in the beginning, but for me this was a capst...

September 3, 2019

Jeanne Blasberg’s recently released second novel, The Nine (She Writes Press), is a compelling modern-day tale inspired by the biblical story of Hannah and her son Samuel. In The Nine, Hannah wants nothing but the best for her only child, Sam. Prestigious Dun...

July 15, 2019

I’m not sure when I first got the idea that I wanted to create an exhibit of images that related to my novel, Gina in the Floating World. I do know that I made my first collage inspired by my novel after it was accepted for publication and that my cover designer, Julie...

June 21, 2019

Pack your bags. It’s summer, and it’s the longest day, when your thoughts may turn not only to where you will vacation but also to what you will read. Personally, I love books that whisk me away to exotic places without having to shell out the airfare. (My own novel, G...

April 11, 2019

This post is my third family remembrance in just over three weeks. The three members of my nuclear family all died in the springtime, and each year, on the anniversaries of their passing, I honor them in some way. My dad passed away in 1995, 24  years ago. I first publ...

April 3, 2019

Today is the 19th anniversary of the death of my mother.  In 2010, I wrote this post in remembrance of her in a blog I maintained for several years called "Musings from the Third Half." My mother always had faith in me. I know she would be so proud to learn that her yo...

March 16, 2019

March 16 is the sixteenth anniversary of the death of Beth Brett, my sister, and mother to Pippa. On the eighth anniversary of her death, Pippa (who lives in Scotland) and I held a conversation about Beth and the influences she had on each of us. Like me, Pippa is also...

March 11, 2019

On the cold, dark days of winter, with snow and ice on the ground, I achieve my daily 10,000 Fitbit steps by jogging (slowly) in front of the TV. For a while, I would watch the news, and although informative, it heightened my stress and began to feel repetitious, as th...

February 27, 2019

During my stay in Japan several decades ago when I was a bar hostess, I lived in a room over a club. The place had only a toilet and sink downstairs. To bathe properly, I had to use the public bath (sento) nearby. This was a new experience for me, and I was very self-c...

February 14, 2019

On this Valentine’s Day, not long before the Oscar ceremony, I was thinking about films that portray complex relationships of various kinds, not just romantic love. The prolific and talented late actor, Jack Lemmon (1925-2000), who hailed from the Boston area, sprung t...

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