A Sudden Snow

It’s not that crazy for Birmingham to get snow, but I don’t remember it ever coming along totally unexpected. That’s what happened today–the snow and ice were supposed to hit further south, but instead we had an inch or so on the ground in under an hour this morning. Now there are endless cars stuck…

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David Duchovny, Rabbit Waiter

Alright, I have, from time to time, been obsessed with TV shows. An obsession that led to me still having a little collection of action figures on my desk, including Fox Mulder from The X-Files and Xena from, of course, Xena, Warrior Princess. I also have Wonder Woman and Catwoman. Or I did, at least,…

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Better Names for Washington Redskins, According to a Two-Year-Old

Three weeks after I finished Margaret Atwood’s brilliant MadAddam trilogy, I am still drifting off and daydreaming about the books. The characters. The world. And the excellent names. She does some great satire, and part of it is her ability to make up names for products (and I’m including genetically engineered animals in “products”) that…

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The Box

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve a giant box. I read a fantastic children’s book called Christina Katarina and the Box sometime in elementary school, which spun a mesmerizing tale of all the things you could make from a refrigerator box. My grandfather scoped out some department stores in town until he found me…

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Magical Creatures and a Rash of Fires

We spent three days in Atlanta this past week, taking an easy vacation that mainly involved wandering through beautiful parks (for me and my husband) and playing on any available playground in said parks (for two-year-old).  Not that the playgrounds were fully appreciated–the boy is in a zone where he just imagines a firetruck, steering…

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Oh, And The Whole Rabid Raccoon Thing

Coolest thing about Stanley Park was that the raccoons came out in the daylight. Not aggressive at all, though they’ll approach a bench where you’re sitting with the same look on their face that my dog has before he jumps on the sofa. My stepson was convinced that the fact they appeared in the day…

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A Little Aretha Franklin

I’m working on a young adult novel right now, which is part survivalist story and part, oh, I’m not sure what to call the other part. I’ve got my five high school students wandering through the remote woods of Georgia right now, and–a little unexpectedly, I admit–I’m listening to Aretha Franklin belt out “I Never…

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Passports, eh?

Well, two weeks after we got back, I’m finally writing about our trip to Vancouver. Great trip. Rough travel. The whole idea of taking two adults and three kids (including a two-year-old) across coasts and countries comes down to one word: Psych. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the best family show on TV–maybe the…

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Janet of the Jungle

Hope everyone enjoys the new site–I was so satisfied with getting the new-and-improved version up and running (not that I had anything to do with the technical part of the whole up-and-running thing), that I’ve taken weeks off from the blog. I was cleaning out a box in the basement the other day and came…

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My Favorite Fountain in Birmingham

You know, I never even thought about the possibility of HAVING a favorite fountain until I went to New China Buffet. (Off Crestwood Blvd., in the same shopping center as The Edge Theater.) New China Buffet is, as my husband says, the closest thing Birmingham has to Vegas. Just walk in and you’ll see what…

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