Project Chick

I’m often asked what brought me into this murderous world, where I choose to write about villainy and crime. Yet, I think it would be too simple to say it was just one experience. 1995, Philly When the thunder rolls I think of the dark nights of long ago and the sounds of gunshots that…

If Stephenie’s making it, I’m buying it *sigh*

It’s no secret, I love the Twilight Saga. Twi-hard, Twilighters, Twi-mom, … whatever; I’m all in on the books and ESPECIALLY the movies. So when Stephenie Meyer came out with a book, not part of the Twilight saga, called The Host, I was skeptical. Why is she wasting her time writing different stories. Give me…

Summertime is a-Popping at Elvy’s

I wish I had a photo I could use of how beautiful these are. I took some. I’d made a lovely spinach salad, and chive/parmesan popovers, but somehow I saved my photos as videos (don’t ask me how), and I can’t paste them anywhere. Still, when you see how easy these are, and try any…

Megalodon Lives…in Virginia?

People are so weird…. Uh, let me backtrack for a moment and put that statement in context. It all started with Shark Week (cue “Jaws” music). Yes, I’m talking about THE Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s annual homage to the bad boys (and girls) of the deep. This year’s broadcast opened with: “Megalodon: The Monster Shark…

Schrödinger’s Selkies

It’s fitting that on Schrödinger’s birthday I was jarred out of my morning pre-coffee stupor by the message, “It’s alive!”  The message came from Fred Beckhusen, a crazy-smart tech-wizard and master of metaversical impossibilities. He has been working on making a universal  shape-shifting avatar and his test model was to be a selkie–a being that…

The Truth, So Help Me God

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche “Truth is the purity of someone’s heart.” – My Mother While having lunch with a friend this week, I…

Books, Movies, Movies,… Life!

My absolute, all-time favorite line from a movie – in this case from a television series – comes from the lips of Sawyer in LOST and it goes something like this, “Woman! What are you trying to do? Blow up my damn heart?” (In this particular episode, Sawyer has been booby-trapped – he thinks –…