Yesterday I did something radical, for me – I got a manicure.   (How shocking!) I know, that’s not unusual for many women, but as a pianist I keep my nails short. For decades I’ve believed nail polish would look ugly on my short, fairly wide nails, so the only manicures I’ve ever gotten were before […]


February 21, 2019

Giving Myself A Hand

Any parent of young children has heard that phrase often enough in the car.  (One day when I was driving my kids somewhere, and they were driving me nuts asking that question, I simply said “Yes.”  That silenced them momentarily, perhaps because it made them consider the concept of an existential ‘there’, but more likely […]


January 30, 2019

Are We There Yet?

The first professional writer I ever met was Ray Bradbury, when he was a guest professor at Cal State Fullerton and my 8th grade English class got to visit him after a lecture. (I’d corresponded with him once before that – when I was 11, I learned that the author of my beloved Nancy Drew […]

Song posts

July 20, 2018

How Writers Write, part 47

1) Time to start a new song. With so much going on and so many late breaking stories in the news, there are so many possible topics I’m exhausted just thinking about it. For some reason, the only song coming to mind is Charlie Brown’s part of “The Book Report”, “If I start writing now […]

Song posts

July 19, 2018

Twelve Steps Of Songwriting

If you hadn’t already guessed from my videos (or if you’re brand new to this site), my mind works in weird ways.  But apparently weird can be fun, because people have told me they enjoy my occasional random musings on Facebook or by way of introducing my songs, so I’m going to write more regularly […]


July 18, 2018

Welcome To My Strange Mind

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