The Ballad of Lois Duncan and Kait Arquette

  Nobody did suspense better than Lois Duncan. Throughout my childhood, her paperbacks were always in drugstores, libraries, and bookstores. The covers usually had a beautiful girl scared about something. She had the seventies parted hair, beautiful complexion. Duncan hated it when her books were called horror. She preferred the term suspense. No matter what… [Keep Reading]

Call Her Anna

From the wonderful website Super Hero Lunchbox: I was quite a bit older when I realized that Patty’s performance as Neely was adored by queer people the world over, and older, still, when I found out that she embraced this fandom with all her heart. She was OUR GIRL, from way back. Anna – this… [Keep Reading]

Harry and Clare, Skyying

  When I heard about Clare Alden MacIntyre-Ross’ death, I started weeping. You might be thinking who is Clare MacIntyre-Ross? It’s a long story. It’s a story about summer camp, young love, partings, and then was translated into a song made even more poignant when the man who sang it died way too young. Clichéd… [Keep Reading]

Pat Conroy’s wide wide water

Pat Conroy was born to a dysfunctional family. It was a blessing and a curse. The eldest of seven, Conroy was physically and verbally abused by his father, then was an unwilling witness as Donald Conroy did the same to his brothers and sisters and their beloved mother Peggy. One time during a family altercation,… [Keep Reading]

Starman

“When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” Romeo and Juliet Friday someone posted a link on Facebook where you enter your… [Keep Reading]

Farewell, Trapper John

In any successful acting team, they have to have chemistry. They need to keep funny lines coming. They need to not overstep the other’s lines, to let the other have their turn. We’ve seen this with Abbott and Costello, Cagney and Lacey (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly) and the Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham and Alexis… [Keep Reading]

Goodnight, Pat McCormick

  If you grew up in the Bay Area during the 70’s and 80’s, chances are you watched KTVU. They had a catchy slogan (“There’s only one 2!”), they had the best cartoons (Spider Man, Bugs Bunny), they showed racy movies, (nude scenes in Walkabout and Ryan’s Daughter) and they had Bob Wilkins doing Creature… [Keep Reading]

The Boy in the Blue Shirt

When I started researching Peoples Temple and Jonestown – not only for my still-in-progress novel, but also for myself – there were certain people I became obsessed with. There was Congressman Leo Ryan, who truly wanted to do the right thing for his constituents. There was Marceline Jones, a woman trapped in a bad marriage… [Keep Reading]