Mount Tam, as it is known locally, is the center of Marin County. Not geographically, but being the highest peak of the Marin Hills, it is like a beacon leading us Marinites home from San Francisco.
The mountain is surrounded by national park areas offering up to forty miles of publically accessible open space. Mt. Tam was create by the uplifting, and folding of the North American plate as it slides along the Pacific plate near the San Andreas Fault. Does this mean we could one day loose our beacon?Continue reading →
Marin County, the home of my Briana Kaleigh Mystery Series, is located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The county is one of the original 27 counties created in 1850 by the first California charter.Continue reading →
Growing up in the provincial west end of Richmond Virginia, there were many events to jar a young girl’s foothold. New schools popping up yearly, good friends moving away, and always the overshadowing “family problems.”
So when I tell you there was one constant that brought us all together—family, friends, teams—you might remember such a constant in your own youth. For me this constant was Italian Kitchen.
Another New Year is upon us as we gear up for the monumental changes we plan to make in the months ahead. Have you made your resolutions yet? Or is your list secret and hidden in the recesses of your mind? Are you one who says, “I don’t make resolutions,” yet sets out for a jog on Jan 1 to burn off holiday food when you’ve never jogged before? Or maybe you’ve bought a journal with a lock and key to write down your deepest, darkest thoughts in an effort to gain more control over your life.Continue reading →
Being a fan of buff men without shirts, I recently started watching The Musketeers on BBC. (d’Artagnan looks a lot like Rafael Nadal’s second cousin) In a recent episode, Marie de Medici appeared as an ex-queen of France. I wasn’t sure if the writers had made a mistake and meant Catherine de Medici who was known as a ruthless mother of three French kings or was there perhaps, some type of de Medici incest rampant in French history. Anything was possible when trying to maintain a monarchy. Just ask Marie Antoinette. Oh wait, she’s dead.Continue reading →
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Creativity as: the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.
Whenever I think of creativity, I remember the story of eight year old Abbey Fleck who, after seeing the mess cooking bacon in the microwave made, invented a bacon rack for the microwave that allows for the fat to drain off into a reservoir. Clearly some people are more creative than others, but what if there was a way to improve your creativity? Keep reading.Continue reading →
Yes, it time again for all the Irish Yoga posters to pop out; we’ve all seen them, but you have to love the Irish not only because they gave us Guinness and flavored potato chips. Those problem solving Irish also gave us the submarine, the tank, and the first 4-wheel drive Formula One car.Continue reading →
In Bolinas Bongo, Briana Kaleigh is back in Marin County for another adventure. Her best friend’s high-strung poodle, Fifi, joins in the fun. After The Belvedere Club, so many people asked me why I was so mean to Fifi. I’m Not! I love Fifi, but I can’t help it if my main character, Briana is more of a pet turtle person than a dog person.Continue reading →
Digi-lit. What is it? The new buzz word for digital publishing. This past Saturday I attended the first annual Digi.lit Conference in San Francisco created by the folks at Litquake.
For many years being self-published was the equivalent to being a kit car, interesting to a select few and not a real car. Today, the internet and Indie publishers have changed that. In the next 12 months, 50% of all books sold will be e-books.Continue reading →
During a recent cooking trip to Italy, a friend, Pam Scott, introduced me to Buon Ricordo. It’s not a new digestive or a recently canonized saint, but a marketing concept to further Italy’s slow food movement.
The Unione Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo was created in Milan in 1964 and included 12 restaurants. Today, there are over 100 Italian restaurants participating and a few international ones in Japan, Australia, Vienna, and Hong Kong.Continue reading →