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Cobalt Blue: A Novel

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AI Delivers Flattery

November 6, 2023
  Dear Nicholas, For many of us vain folks who check our reflections in store windows, technology has a new way to “find one’s self.” And the self it finds can  be a very flattering image indeed.  AI delivers flattery. An encouraging word The vain self-absorbed writer (or anyone who has been widely written about) […] Read More

The Touchy Matter of Getting Older and Older…An Update

October 24, 2023
Dear Therapist Nicholas, I first wrote this six years ago when I was merely 68. It began: I seem to have reached The Age of Others Keeling Over. People keep getting old, falling ill, some actually dying. This sort of thing has happened before, but back then it was an aberration, cases of dying too […] Read More

So Much Going On

October 16, 2023
Dear Nicholas,  Seems to be a pivotal time here. Probably so for a lot of people. Here’s what’s going on with me: *Husband Bob retiring after more than 50 years as a psychologist in private practice. Yesterday was his last day with Chapel Hill patients. He has so loved doing this work. Quite a dramatic […] Read More

Career Success Barbie! Visionary Barbie!

July 24, 2023
Dear Nicholas, About 25 years ago, feeling discouraged about my work, I gave a Barbie doll (knock-off) a make-over with my face and hair. I surrounded her with tiny Play-doh versions of books I meant to publish as well as the one I already had. Inspirational Barbie! Visionary Barbie! She had come equipped with a […] Read More

Too Much Alone With Technology

July 7, 2023
Dear Nicholas, The monster machinery of technology is looming over me. Working alone at home, I feel like a small solitary figure lost among towering mechanical entities: the networks that are now the friendly faces of such mom-and-pop shops as Amazon, Verizon, Apple, Truist, and most any airline. I’m alone with technology and have very […] Read More

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

June 30, 2023
The question writers are most often asked is: “Where do you get your ideas?” I’ve realized only in recent weeks that there was a moment fifty years ago that contained the germ of every novel I would write. I didn’t recognize it at the time. I discarded it as a random and rather silly thought. […] Read More

View From the Cancer Radiation Waiting Room

June 8, 2023
Dear Nicholas, I’m staying busy typing here in one of the cancer radiation waiting rooms in Duke’s Raleigh hospital, while Bob finishes  with his second treatment for his second round of prostate cancer. We are assured by all his doctors that he will be fine. Still…   The view from here … well, it’s not […] Read More

Getting Groovy Again at Seventy-Four

May 12, 2023
Dear Nicholas, I’ve recently entered an exotic youthful world, a culture that is a wonder to me: TikTok. Have you been there? What did you think–or feel? I’m now a TikToker and youthfully groovy again, but like never before. Tiptoeing Onto The Scene I ventured out onto this social media platform because I have a […] Read More

I Forgot To Show Up!

April 28, 2023
Well, Nicholas, I just learned that I forgot to go to a long-planned lunch-on-a-porch today with four dear friends. I forgot to show up. I am disappointed and berating myself. And of course wondering if I’ve gotten a step flakier than I want to be. This group has been brunching and lunching since the early […] Read More

What’s Your Trope? Even better than: What’s Your Sign?

April 19, 2023
Dear Nicholas, A curious new kind of personality labeling has evolved out of the world of books and book reviewing. I only just learned about it as I’ve been getting the word out about my own new novel. The trait is your preference in tropes in stories you read.  What is a trope anyway? And […] Read More