Radio Day

Today is the day the world celebrates the invention of the radio.

I am from the generation that saw the introduction of transistor radios. They were the greatest thing! We could listen to music on the school bus. You had to be next the the window to get a signal (and NOT the Emergency Exit window), but we had portable music!

Yes, I was late getting my transistor radio. This is from the early 1970s.  Forty years later, when I put a in a 9 volt battery and turn it on, I get static, so I know it still functions.

The thing that amazes me is that portable music went from this to


Time to Tell a Joke

Yes, August 16 is National Tell A Joke Day.

I love jokes.

Here is one of my all-time favorites:

Four engineers are driving to a conference when the car sputters and dies as they pull off to the shoulder.

After a moment of silent contemplation, the electrical engineer says; “you know, I bet the coil’s bad. We need to replace the core.”

The chemical engineer says; “you’re nuts, it’s obviously the fuel’s gone bad. We need to drain the tank and refill.”

The mechanical engineer scoffs; “you’re both wrong. Sounds to me like a valve lifter is froze. We’re gonna need to rip the block apart.”

After another moment of silence the three look back at the computer engineer who says; “maybe if we get out of the car and get back in?”


Book Reading Bingo: Dress for Success

In a previous post, I mentioned that Jude Deveraux’s book Legend fit into several categories of local RWA chapter’s year-long Book Bingo Challenge. One of those categories was DRESS FOR SUCCESS…a romance story featuring a fabulous dress. In Legend, the garment in question was a wedding dress.

I ask: what about a skirt?

As in: “Can a skirt really act as a man magnet?”

The late Cara Summers, who was a member of my local chapter, teamed up with two other authors to write a mini-series about a magic, man-magnet skirt. The nine “Single in the City” titles were release as part of the Harlequin Temptation line  in 2001 and 2002. The titles are now all available in Kindle format.

  • Book 1 Moonstruck in Manhattan (Cara Summers)
  • Book 2 Tempted in Texas (Heather Macallister)
  • Book 3 Seduced in Seattle  (Kristin Gabriel)
  • Book 4 Skirting the Issue (Heather Macallister)
  • Book 5 Sheerly Irresistible (Kristin Gabriel)
  • Book 6 Short, Sweet, and Sexy (Cara Summers)
  • Book 7 Male Call (Heather Macallister)
  • Book 8 Engaging Alex (Kristin Gabriel)
  • Book 9 Flirting with Temptation (Cara Summers)


It’s Book Lovers Day!

Today is a day that should be dear to all authors’ hearts: National Book Lovers Day. The way to observe this day is sit and read a book. Or stand and read. All day. The kind of book–fiction or non-fiction–doesn’t matter. The point is to read.

Reading all day is my idea of bliss.

Wiggling My Toes

I hate shoes. Really. I hate having my feet encased in something where they can’t breathe. If not for the fact that I live in the snowiest major metropolitan area in the United States, I would wear flipflops–or other sandals–year round.

My latest self-indulgence is having a professional pedicure every month or so during sandal season.

When I must wear shoes, I want something that is easy on, easy off. No ankle straps for me. I prefer mules or clogs.

Did you know that a hot water bottle on bare feet will help alleviate abdominal cramps? True story!