Irish Eyes Were Not Always Smiling

Let’s get this part over with. Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. St. Pat’s Day is a Holy Day in Ireland. Only in America do people drink green beer and wear Kiss Me, I’m Irish! shirts. Americans made St. Paddy’s Day the drunken orgy it has become. That’s not what this post is about it. And yes, I am Irish. So this means a lot to me. Continue reading “Irish Eyes Were Not Always Smiling”

Thirty Reasons to be Thankful, Part Two.

Nano is over!  I’ll get back to original posts on Thursday. Thanks for keeping up with all this! — DLH

Continuing from last Sunday  last Thursday with numbers 16 through 30. And you do realize, I don’t really live on Facebook, right? Continue reading “Thirty Reasons to be Thankful, Part Two.”

November Word of the Month

I grew up in a very white world. I recently realized that Thanksgiving is a white male Christian holiday. I understand why Native Americans choose not to celebrate it, especially with their entire culture reduced to a cartoonish sidekick role. Followed by lots of hate and bitterness and war. So our word for this month is marginalized. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

Writers Need Pens

Oh sure, you are pointing to your notebook/desktop/iPad/ Smartphone and laughing derisively at the title. But how did we get from pens to that Smartphone? And don’t you ever print out the manuscript for an in-person critique group? You have to have red pens and stuff to mark it up. Really, if your battery dies and you don’t have a charger and the electricity goes out, how would you finish the story? Continue reading “Writers Need Pens”

Women Dress for Other Women

Perhaps Cleopatra dressed for Caesar (in 48 BCE) and then Marc Antony (in 42 BCE), but overall, she dressed to impress her court and the people she ruled. Especially the women, even if simply by inspiring them to wear similar fabrics, designs, and styles. Cleo was a Queen to be followed and imitated. Her influence has lasted the centuries. Continue reading “Women Dress for Other Women”