Harper Collins published my novel "The Gorgeous Girls". My feature screenplay "Sideshow Bandit" has won many awards. I love to write.
I nibble on a pair of handcuffs, then swirl a smooth Merlot around on my tongue - black cherries, lush plums, dark chocolate. My friend's Valentine's Day party is dotted with chocolate of every kind and shape, including these handcuffs. And flawless wine pairings grace every sidetable and hutch.
In the Time of Your Life, Live
We adored her, we adopted her, we named her Seven. But my youngest daughter wasn't sold on that name, so I took the red magnetic nine off our fridge and placed it in the kitten's dish. I said: "Wouldn't it be funny if Seven ate nine?" That rocked my four year old's body with laughter, and from then on Seven was our new cat's official name, although my eldest daughter always called her Sevy.
19th Century Dog Inspires Funder for 21st Century Pup
Beautiful Joe was a dog whose owner beat him and cut off his ears and tail. In 1894, Marshall Saunders wrote “Beautiful Joe”, a novel based on the true story of this tortured dog. Her book led the charge for the humane treatment of animals everywhere.
- Third Place in Thrift Finds Challenge
Bunny’s Bargain Basement
In the summer, I’d see her getting into her lipstick-red convertible, all her shiny gold bracelets clanging as she opened the door. Chandelier earrings glimmered out from her jet-black, puffed-up 1960s hairdo. Her big curvaceous body, always clothed in dark baby-doll dresses of pleather and lace, would swing itself into the car, and off she’d go.
What to Wear to a Pandemic
I have one outfit for the pandemic: my pjs - bubble-gum pink flowers floating across electric-blue flannel. I watch a lot of movies in them, and these days I take special pleasure in noting costume design. Take a break from sweat pants and lockdown with these filmic wonders -
When I read West of the Pecos, I realized you’re not much like its heroine, whom you're named after. Terrill is a beautiful name, and Dad (who favoured Western novels) thought it perfect for his first born. It was and still is. So, regardless of differences between you and your namesake, I sought out a few lines about the fictional Terrill that could describe you also -
In The 6ix: A Black Baker Rises to the Top
The man made good cakes. And following an apprenticeship, he got a job as a baker. It was 1861, he was nineteen years old. It wasn’t his first job - he’d been working since he was a kid to pay for school supplies - and it wouldn’t be his last. For the next sixteen years he kneaded dough, decorated cakes, baked pies. Then, he started driving horse-drawn cabs for his uncle’s livery stable. Years later, at the age of fifty-two, he became Toronto’s first Black elected politician.
Five and Dime Jezebel
Opening the old notebook, an aroma flutters from its pages: not mold, not dust, but love gone sour, the ripe odour of hate. Yet all its pages seem untouched, immaculate as prize-winning roses. A virgin notebook. Then I glimpse his dense scrawl on a few pages in the middle. There’s the stench.