Monthly Archives: June 2017

Back from the dead?

Okay, here’s a new experiment for me, “real-time” writing. In this case, my squeaky leather chair (quite annoying) and blog post will serve as surrogates for my chair on a sandy beach and baby laptop. I can’t suggest how successful this may turn out or even how entertaining, but today and tomorrow will be – sort… Read more »

Echoes in the sand

Longtime readers of my blog or bio know that I wrote the majority of my books in a chair on the beach in South Florida (specifically, my current city, Boca Raton). Heck, even my Facebook page shows me as “Writer At the beach”. But it’s been more than three years since I finished my last… Read more »

To all things an ending

Six and a half years. It’s not a lot, but it might be more than other people get. Regardless, it’s all the time I had and despite some regrets and mistakes along the way, it’s something I can make peace with. Amazon has stopped offering my paperbacks for sale. Oh, copies are still available through… Read more »

Lonely is the blog

I’m going to make this “Return to Writing Week” here on the JMD blog. It’ll be a series of writing-related posts and maybe, perhaps, even a bit of writing. I’ll start off with this here blog. Almost simultaneous to me finishing my first book, I set up a website to help publicize my writing and… Read more »

Under pressure

Following yesterday’s chat about the high costs of home repair, we now jaunt off to that other favorite confection of modern homes – the HOA, or Homeowner’s Association. Once again, I won’t take this time to bemoan the dunderhead things some HOA’s do to homeowners, nor will I use this space to pick nits with… Read more »

Learning from the masters

Home ownership is expensive. I don’t need to tell actual home owners this, but to you renters out there longing for a home of your own, it bears repeating. I rented for 11 blissful years in a small condo on the 4th floor of a 5-story building. I had an out-of-state landlord, but he was… Read more »

Good guesser

I’m not a big fan of texting. Not because of the terrors of texters and their lack of awareness. This isn’t a diatribe about distracted drivers or pedestrians. Nope, I’m not a big fan of texting because I’m just not good at it. I never considered my fingers stubby before, but I have no fluency… Read more »

Blinded me with science

Sunday was nieceling day. A previously rescheduled visit to Miami’s newly reborn Museum of Science ended up occurring on elder nieceling’s birthday. The original trip was an idea by younger nieceling, who asked me if I was interested and also wanted her sister to go, too. It gladdens my heart to see the sisterly bond… Read more »

Pass me a brew

I’m going to Disney! (Epcot, really) By way of my kitchen, that is. June is halfway done and I had yet to pick a recipe for my monthly new recipe challenge. Nothing was firing me up and, to be fair, I had been distracted by a back injury, massive rains and a defective window leading to… Read more »

Was he not paying attention?

Let’s get the housekeeping out of the way, so we can begin an impartial discussion. I don’t care for Donald Trump. I don’t care for his behavior in public. I don’t care for his rudeness towards anyone who doesn’t praise him. I don’t care for his lack of preparation and uninformed opinions. I don’t care… Read more »