Monday, February 29, 2016


The much anticipated second installment of VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES has arrived!  Thirteen of the authors will be on hand at the East Beach Sandwich Company (4500 Pretty Lake Ave, Norfolk) this Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. to sign books (available for purchase) and to have a good time.  The East Beach Porch Players will be there.  Come on down and join us!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Remember the cookbook project I was involved in?  The premise being for 88 authors to supply easy to prepare meals so that writers (and other very busy people) had time to do what is most important for them.  Well, after 4 months on the market, the book earned enough money that a donation was made to charity which feeds hungry children!  I feel quite proud to have been part of the process.  A special Thank You to Lois Winston <> who spearheaded the project (and did 99% of the work getting it published!)

Friday, February 12, 2016

CHOCOLATE! ('nuf said...)

Ah, tis the day to celebrate LOVE!  AND CHOCOLATE! 

And why do love and chocolate go together?  Research has discovered that “Chocolate gets right to the heart of sexual pleasure by increasing the brain’s level of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. Serotonin plays a major role in positive mood, emotional health, proper sleep and balanced appetite, contributing to numerous behavioral and physiological functions.

So if you're in need of a dose of serotonin, along with the best feel-good drink around, try this one for Chocolate Hecho à la Espalola , which translated means “The Spanish made chocolate.”  But what it really means is “drinkable melted chocolate that will make you feel wicked and divine and goooo-ooo—ood!”

Chocolate Hecho à la Espanola

4 -1/2 cups whole milk (divided)
1 pound semisweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli)
      broken into bits
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
½ cup fresh whipped cream

Bring 4 cups milk to a boil over high heat.  Remove pan from heat and add chocolate and sugar.  Stir regularly until chocolate is melted.

Mix cornstarch with remaining ½ cup milk.  Stir into chocolate.  Return to heat and stir until thickened, approximately 10-20 minutes.

Serve hot and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chesapeake Chuck, Our Southeastern Virginia Cousin of Punxsutawney Phil

 If you still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or that Carolyn Keene (author of the Nancy Drew mysteries) exists, then you might not be ready for the dose of reality I’m about to administer. If you want to flip over to play a game of mahjongg while the rest of us discuss this, that’s OK by me.
     Those of you still with me, you might want to sit down. 
     Is everyone ready?  Then here we go.
     The groundhog who “predicts” if winter will end soon or drag on for another six weeks does NOT come out of his hibernation annually on February 2nd for that reason.  No, the male emerges from his hidey-hole to mate.  Yup, he’s had a nice long nap and now he’s looking for some fun. It’s that simple.
     So from whence did this vernal misconstrual come?