Help for tired, listless and run-down folks

Just received my new TV Guide with an ad for the “first ever” “I Love Lucy Vitameatavegamin Doll!” The 14-inch “poseable” doll wears blue gingham and pearls, speaks in Lucy’s own voice, plays the “I Love Lucy” theme song, and is endorsed by CBS and Desilu, too.

Only $129.99!Lucy




Reeling from recent news in the entertainment industry

So…we lost the fabulously irascible Elaine Stritch last month, the marvelously talented novelist Dame Mary Stewart in May, our beloved James Garner recently, and now word comes of Robin Williams taking his own life at the young age of 63, and the passing of screen and stage legend Lauren “Betty” Bacall at the age of 89. Ms. Bacall had a gorgeous figure, and a style and elegance that was the epitome of “cool.”

Betty Bacall
Betty Bacall

As for Mr. Williams, so much has been said that I’ll only add that I hope his death is a wake-up call for people who are depressed to seek help.

Here’s a great quote from New York Times film critic A.O. Scott:”Robin Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived, and the only thing faster than Williams’s mouth was his mind.”


Attention amateur writers in southwest Washington state

Local writers group launches its first conference SEPTEMBER 13 

Southwest Washington Writers Conference, Sat. Sept. 13, Centralia College, Centralia, WA. 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Keynote speaker New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. Workshop genres include mystery, romance, young readers, thrillers, and poetry; business and marketing tips. $75. Register before August 25 and it’s only $60 or $45 for students.

Contact Sandy Crowell at, the local literacy council or call (360) 985-0748.

Farewell Jimmy–actor James Garner dies

One of my all time favorite actors (and millions agree), James Garner passed away of natural causes at the age of 86 this morning at his home in California.

James Garner
James Garner

Attention bohemian fashionistas!

Intrepid bargain hunter, Jo Anne Lauzer of Vancouver, B.C.’s Secondhand Savvy discovered Bohemia Gallery, yet another fantastic source for fashionistas who want to make a statement–whether at Burning Man, a costume party or just everyday zany. Celebrate your bohemian side!

Bohemia Gallery
3243 Main Street (at 16th)
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 874-2781




New feature: What I Learned Today

From: New York Times, Seattle Times, The New Yorker, ABC News.

Blue is the new black for tuxedos. Adam Sandler’s latest movie “Blended” is a flop, despite the presence of darling Drew Barrymore. The hottest thing to come out of the cold is Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. Americans are over scheduling themselves to feel more important. Actress America Ferrera demonstrated grace under pressure when some nut case got too close for comfort at Cannes.

“Magical” writer, Nobel-Prize winner “Gabo” García Márquez dead at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87.Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1

Wonderful excerpt from “Gabo’s” obit in the New York Times:

Mr. García Márquez attributed his rigorous, disciplined schedule in part to his sons. As a young father he took them to school in the morning and picked them up in the afternoon. During the interval—from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon—he would write.

“When I finished one book, I wouldn’t write for a while,” he said in 1966. “Then I had to learn how to do it all over again. The arm goes cold; there’s a learning process you have to go through again before you rediscover the warmth that comes over you when you are writing.”

Incidentally: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is Bill Clinton‘s favorite book. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, and investigate Gabo’s other books, too. Gabriel Garcia Marquez 5Adios Gabo!