Binge Watch & Be Merry for Tomorrow We …..

With all the insanity bombarding us daily, I am feverishly finishing BUBBLES REBOOTS (sample coming soon!). Listen, I’m totally writing this for me.  Right now pieorgi, pink-walled hair salons, a 4-H Miss Goat Queen murder and Steve Stiletto’s mysterious disappearance are all that’s keeping my head from exploding. In the meantime, I asked my FB friends to […]

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 […]

Pokemuthafinda

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 […]

Small-Town Heroes

Suicide rates are up, especially among women between ages 45 and 65. (Honestly, that’s startling to write, not just because of the depressing statistic, but because I can’t believe I’m in that age group.) There are lots of reasons for this, according to the New York Times. Increased drug and alcohol use/income inequality/depression/job cutbacks/financial insecurity and […]