I met Orlando one sweltering fall day in New York City in the 80’s. He shuffled into the diner where I worked the lunch and dinner shift, and took a seat in front of an open floor-to-ceiling window. He folded his lanky form into the chair and clasped his slender hands together, resting his chin… Read More


This is a milestone week for me. Twenty nine years ago, I tried to end a serious cocaine addiction by overdosing on Valium. To be honest, it wasn’t the cocaine that prompted the OD. A short time before downing a nearly full bottle of Valium, I was at an after-hours club in Greenwich Village, listening… Read More


This Saturday (June 3rd), Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood will play host to dozens of romance authors from across the US and Canada..  The 2017 Readers and Writers event takes place from Noon – 4:00pm at WithinSODO (2915 1st Ave S, Seattle). General Admission tickets are just $15 (CLICK HERE to get yours). Many of the attending… Read More


Yesterday morning, I awoke feeling down in the dumps. There was no mystery as to what was causing my melancholy. Yesterday was May 8th, and the 26th anniversary of my mother’s passing. Even though so much time has passed, I feel her loss as keenly as I did on that rainy day in 1991, when… Read More


The first round of the NHL playoffs is well underway, with 16 teams battling to continue the quest for the Stanley Cup. The pairings go like this: Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton… Read More


I’m 53 years old and today, I feel every second of those 53 years. Physically, at least. Emotionally, I feel as though I never left my 20’s. Without a doubt, that was the best decade of my life; warts, foibles, and everything else. That unforgettable decade began in the summer of 1983, when I was… Read More


Jackie Soo and John Barr are sharpening their skates and preparing to hit the ice this weekend for their favorite fundraiser: the Seattle Thunderbirds’ 19th Annual Hockey Challenge, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. This will be John’s 13th year taking part in the Challenge; 12 years for Jackie, and each… Read More


We’ve been in our new rental home for three weeks, yet we’re still trying to catch our breath. One of the biggest lingering challenges is the lingering (and strong) odor of pet urine in the family room carpet, and less strong odor upstairs. And, we just discovered when temperatures rise above 75 degrees, our little… Read More


I’ve been feeling so melancholy lately. I don’t know whether it’s PMS, hormones,  or the weather. TV shows make me cry. Songs make me cry. Books make me cry. I feel as though there’s a big, gaping hole in my heart, and nothing can fill it. What’s wrong with me?… Read More