Ghosts & Coyotes

Update from the Town Clerk’s Office: Ghosts & Coyote edition: So, it’s a full moon tonight and you may not know this, but that’s the ideal condition for coyote hunting. Yes, at night and, no, no license needed (because they’re varmints.) One hunter came into the office this week and told me about hunkering down […]

Relax, Jennifer, it Gets Worse

Whoever thought it was a good idea to send writers out to play on the internet was a psychopath. With its smorgasbord of otter videos and dancing parrots, not only is the internet a time-sucking quagmire of procrastination, it is also the cruelest of playgrounds trolled by the same kind of snarky bullies whose taunts […]

Dress Code Code

No, that’s not a double-word mistake. I’m referring to the code that’s behind the dress code – at least for girls and probably minorities, too. This spring, administrators of a local middle school in Woodstock, Vermont – the kind of picture-perfect New England town featured on postcards – called a girls-only assembly to deliver a […]


So, I was rushing from a Select Board meeting to an election training session in Vermont’s state capital Tuesday night when I got out of my car and stopped dead. There, right behind the fire department, was a freaking Ivysaur taunting me like a privileged frat boy with an untreated emotional control problem. It didn’t matter that […]

The Hall of Fame Speech I’ll Never Give

This Saturday, I’m officially being inducted into Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Hall of Fame. Bethlehem is where I grew up and where I set my six (so far) Bubbles Yablonsky books, so I suppose that’s how I ended up on the list, along with Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation and also on […]

Forgetting to Cancel a $2000 Airbnb Booking…and Other Good Karma

“You need to cancel your Airbnb reservation or you’ll be charged.” The message was from David, an Airbnb host with whom I’d made a summer-long reservation earlier last month and it stopped me still in my tracks. We were talking about over $2,000 here of which $575 was a non-refundable deposit for June and an additional […]

Penetrative and Non-Penetrative Sex

Barbara Samuel reports that the great Romance author Jo Beverley has left this mortal coil. I had one brush with Jo and that was when we Penguin authors were treated to a glorious night at the 21 Club, an experience I will never forget since I was seated next to her quite by accident. Resplendent […]