Rumors of a Past Life

It’s crazy, isn’t it? That it’s already April? One fourth of the year is gone, never to come again. We leave behind the snow (for the most part) and the cold (comparatively) and as we look forward we think of what we’ll be doing this summer. Yet there are things to remind us of what is past. There are still piles of melting snow at the edge of parking lots. Still plenty of evidence of the season we’ve just left when you look around the yard.

I was recently reminded of a time past, when an old name floated from someone’s lips…

My Interview on the Write Now Workshop Podcast

Write Now WorkshopWriters! Readers! Those interested in history and current events!

There’s something for everyone in this podcast where I discuss We Hope for Better Things with the lovely Kitty Bucholtz for her Write Now Workshop.

And if you want to watch the interview, you can do that too, right here on YouTube. I even showered and put on real human clothes for it, so check it out.

During the interview we talk about the challenges of writing a book that takes in so much history and writing black characters while white, as well as how writing and reading books about people who have a different experience of the world than we do can form us into more empathetic and compassionate people.

I had a lot of fun talking to Kitty about these topics (and more) and I hope you’ll enjoy eavesdropping on our conversation!

New Obsessions and Old Houses

We have reached the last week — the last few days! — of February. Our family has spent all 25 days of it down to one car because…

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We may be able to remedy that today.

In the meantime, I’ve been podcasting, but last week I forgot to let you know about it! So here’s what you missed last week — my somewhat sheepish confession that I’m just a little bit obsessed with James McAvoy…

And here’s this week’s episode, about some of the surprises old houses hold for their new owners…

I hope you enjoy them. I also hope that the rest of February passes painlessly by for you. And if you’re a praying person, do say one for us that we get a car today. Much obliged.

Polar Vortex Redux

It’s finally winter. Really and truly winter. We’ve gotten around 6 inches of snow today in Lansing, Michigan, give or take, and expect a little more tomorrow. Starting Tuesday night and running through Thursday morning we are set to have wind chills down to around 40 below zero, with some Midwest cities likely to be colder than Antarctica and frostbite possible on exposed skin in as little as 5-10 minutes.

So yeah. Winter finally made an appearance.

You know what else was late in coming? Last week’s episode of Your Face Is Crooked. I blame it on tech issues, followed by severe illness for a couple days, and then the need to recover and catch-up on work and home stuff. Oh, and throw in another book event as well!

At any rate, just like winter arrived today, so has the next episode, in which I am made to look the fool because I didn’t know anything about alcohol until I was in my late thirties.

Enjoy!