Sidetracked But Not Derailed

Jul 24

Sidetracked But Not Derailed

I decided at the beginning of summer to set aside work on my novel in favor of finishing another writing project that was taking up a lot of space in my head. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I finished the project last week and my mind has been freed. I was thrilled with the idea of getting back to work on my “real” writing without...

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My Literary Bones

Jul 15

My Literary Bones

My family on my mother’s side is Irish, Scottish, French and Native American (Comanche). I don’t know much about how my European ancestors came to the United States, but I’ve been doing some genealogy research and trying to trace my family back to its European beginnings. I know more about my Native American heritage. One of my ancestors was a woman named...

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The Robin Zander Band

Jul 08

The Robin Zander Band

I went to see the Robin Zander Band at SLO Brew a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who weren’t born yet, or who were born under a rock, Robin Zander is the lead singer of Cheap Trick. For those of you who are my age, don’t panic. Cheap Trick has not broken up. In fact, the band rocked Lancaster, Pennsylvania so hard on a recent Friday night that one...

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My Favorite Productivity Tips

Jul 01

My Favorite Productivity Tips

As many of you know if you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on ways to increase my productivity. I was reminded during my research that we all have just as many hours in the day as Beyoncé Knowles has. That is a lot of pressure, but I am ready to rise to the occasion. I work full-time as a...

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The Polka Dot Dress

Jun 25

The Polka Dot Dress

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby, a novel based on the true story of how Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic pink suit came to be. To avoid political backlash, the White House paid an American fashion house to create an exact replica of a Chanel suit. The suit was not a knock-off – Chanel sent the First Lady’s...

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My Dad

Jun 15

My Dad

My dad, Keith Phillips, passed away on March 23, 2001, at the age of 64. When he was in the hospital and very ill, my brother Chris and I took turns sitting with him overnight, so he wouldn’t wake up alone.  My sister Lisa was hundreds of miles away and was far too pregnant to travel.  In fact, she delivered my niece Claire the morning my dad died, a...

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BOOK: The Pink Suit

Jun 10

BOOK:  The Pink Suit

I just finished my first summer read of the season, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. Sometimes, I get excited about a book, and this book was one of those.  I was aware of it before it was published and was looking forward to reading it.  The Pink Suit is a work of fiction set in the early 1960s, but it was inspired by the true story of an...

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Leanne Phillips Naked

Jun 03

Leanne Phillips Naked

  If you’re reading this, you are probably looking for racy photos of this woman, Leanne Phillips, the My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dress designer who was famously sacked by her boss in December 2012 and prevailed in a wrongful termination lawsuit last year:       You have come to the wrong place. My name is also Leanne Phillips –...

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Mickey’s Not-So-Fun Wheel

May 27

Mickey’s Not-So-Fun Wheel

I went to Disneyland and California Adventure with my son Tim, daughter-in-law Theresa, daughter Melissa and grandkids Gavin and Abigail last month. We got two-day Park Hopper passes and spent the first day at Disneyland and the second day at California Adventure. I hadn’t been to Disneyland for a little over 10 years. The last time I went was with my friend...

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