Category Archives: Traditions

Any Excuse for a Celebration

In my family, any holiday was an excuse for a party, and usually included a table full of food. New Year’s Day was ham and potato salad, Easter featured deviled eggs and bunny cakes (and plenty of candy since Lent … Continue reading

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Best Book for February

This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks the usual end-of-month question, What’s the best book you’ve read in February? I read (or finished) five books in February: Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher, started in January, finished in Feb) A … Continue reading

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Mrs. Sandler Goes to Washington

After a short weekend visit to NYC to attend the winter conference of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, I took the train down to DC to visit family. Since I’m under deadline on REVOLUTION, the third book of … Continue reading

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RTW – Balancing Reality and Fiction

This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks the question, How do you balance hectic times like the holidays with your writing schedule? Um, yeah. How do you do that? I’m not sure I’ve entirely figured that one out. The … Continue reading

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Bubble Gum and Pineapple Crush Memories

Back in the early ’70s, I lived with my dad and two older sisters in Inglewood, CA in a little 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom house. My dad had the big front bedroom and my sisters and I were squeezed into the smaller … Continue reading

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It’s Getting Pretty Out There

Spring in the Sierra Foothills is a gorgeous time. The weather is perfect and wildflowers like California poppies start covering the hillsides along the freeway. It’s always a great time for my garden, before the 100 degree days of summer … Continue reading

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Flashback to the ’70s – Vidal Sassoon

I was born and raised in Southern California, in the decidedly blue-collar neighborhoods of Hawthorne and Gardena. Beverly Hills was just a dream, a place my dad would drive us around so we could see the big, beautiful houses. Then … Continue reading

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A Girl in Shop Class

The other day, I was listening to an interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson on NPR’s Science Friday. (side note: I am madly in love with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If I wasn’t already married, I would woo Neil). Anyway, he got … Continue reading

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Something Yummy for Those Holiday Potlucks

Total cheat on my blog today. My schedule is stacked high with “to-do’s” so I haven’t the time for a thoughtful post. So here are a couple of my favorite recipes you might want to make for that upcoming Christmas … Continue reading

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Happy Turkey Day

To those in the U.S., happy Thanksgiving! I hope whatever you feast on Thursday is abundant, delicious and entirely to your liking. Even that weird green bean casserole with the funny crunchy stuff on top. Now I’m off to make … Continue reading

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