The Paperback Rack at the Big Star

Every writer has a touching story about their favorite bookstore or library as a child, the place where they discovered the ineffable delights of literature. I can go on at great length about my love for Miss Daisy at the Chester County Library or my swoon of ecstasy the first time I walked into the … Continue reading The Paperback Rack at the Big Star

How to Cook Supper on a Tuesday Night (Hamburger steaks & gravy)

My mama worked a nine-to-five clerical job pretty much my whole life. So I learned from her at an early age how to get to the grocery store, get home, and get supper on the table fast before collapsing from exhaustion in front of the TV set. This was one of my father's favorite dinners, … Continue reading How to Cook Supper on a Tuesday Night (Hamburger steaks & gravy)

John Lennon

So when I was three years old, my absolute favorite show on TV was the Beatles cartoon: https://youtu.be/4PiKz6Cx6dA Note, please, the vampire theme. When I was six, my aunt showed me the cover of her Abbey Road album and explained that some people thought it proved that my favorite Beatle, Paul, was dead because the … Continue reading John Lennon

I can’t stop listening to this song!!!

She's Not There by Neko Case and Nick Cave I found this on iTunes yesterday - I was actually looking for the original by The Zombies, which is one of the first records I ever remember hearing as a very small child.  Which might actually explain a lot - pretty spooky for a British Invasion … Continue reading I can’t stop listening to this song!!!