Harper Collins published my novel "The Gorgeous Girls". My feature screenplay "Sideshow Bandit" has won many awards. I love to write.
Lady in Red
The press labeled my mother the Lady in Red. Born Marion Cecil Borden in 1919, she did not grow up to be a spy or a lady of the night - rather, she grew up to be a track & field star.
When I was a teenager in the 60s, I’d take my hard-earned babysitting money and ride a Saturday bus to the nearest town that had more stores than my town had. It was New Westminster, B.C., and I was in search of bargain fabric because I loved clothes.
The magazine clipping of Lana Turner crackled and curled like a strip of bacon, her shapely gams sizzling in the flames. My uniform, on the other hand, just smouldered - kind of like Lana in The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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 -