Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! By Ahn, Flora Children’s Mystery/Picture Story Book Scholastic Press Hardcover (No Dust Jacket) $9.99 (USD) January 2019 If you’re too shallow to appreciate Pugs, stop reading right now. That said, Flora Ahn has done it again. Yes, another classic. Her first Pug-themed children’s book, Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd (2018), introduced us to Sunny and Rosy, two dogs with human traits who bonded under conditions that didn’t look too promising at first. The second book in the series, Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! is an equally uplifting continuation of the odd relationship between two dear friends … Continue reading Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! by Flora Ahn (Review)
THIS IS HORSESHIT THAT CAN ONLY GET HORSESHITTIER WITH TIME. — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading Speaking the Truth
AH, THAT JOY OF GETTING CAUGHT IN THE NOSE HAIRS OF SOMEONE ELSE’S FIGHT. –OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading Or was it Crosshairs? Always Take Notes.
LAST NIGHT I HAD A BIZARRE DREAM ABOUT USING THUMBTACKS AND A HAMMER TO SECURE DUST JACKETS TO HARDCOVER BOOKS. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. — ANOTHER PSA FROM HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading When Control Issues Invade our Dreams
IF YOU CAN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS’ VULNERABILITIES, WHAT’S THE POINT IN BEING A RAGING ASSHOLE? — A PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE FROM HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading More Empty Pondering
IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME. IF I’M NOT WEARING PANTS, THE PHONE RINGS. — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading Fate or Conspiracy? YOU Decide.
I live in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. You may be surprised by this next statement, but I swear it’s true: In the more-than-thirty-seven years I’ve lived in this general section of San Francisco, I’ve had only a couple of experiences getting hit with substances that are poured or dropped from building windows. Today was one of those times when the unexpected happened. I was walking home from the grocery store. It wasn’t that bad. The liquid that hit me didn’t appear to be anything worse than water, and two lovely roses hit the sidewalk. I yelled something regrettable, … Continue reading When You Hope it’s Just Water
“WELL, BUTTERCUP SAYS— “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT. BUTTERCUP WILL SAY ANYTHING.” — HEARD ON THE SIDEWALK IN SAN FRANCISCO Continue reading And Who is This Buttercup?
EVERYTHING IS FUNNY, AS LONG AS IT’S HAPPENING TO SOMEBODY ELSE. — WILL ROGERS Continue reading Will Rogers on, uh, Empathy?
Like a lot of people who have blogs, I’m a writer whose primary work is not on the blogsite. I write fiction and nonfiction to upload to Kindle, and then struggle to bring these proverbial needles in a haystack to the attention of people who read books on screens. When I tried to promote my first e-book, a novella titled Petra, I showed exactly how naïve a writer can be. The book itself had oodles of adult-level observations on the human condition, but when I tried to persuade others to read it I behaved like a teenager who was shocked … Continue reading An Aging Writer, Finally Learning the Ropes