What Makes a Good Scary Movie for a First Grader?

Everyone remembers their first scary movie. Mine was Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. I hadn’t heard of a vampire, and I don’t think I understood what one was after viewing the movie. Although I didn’t quite understand or remember the movie’s entire contents, I didn’t sleep that night, fearing that ghostly children would be scratching at … Continue reading What Makes a Good Scary Movie for a First Grader?

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker – Every Woman Needs to Read This!

A friend suggested I read The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. It was probably the best self-help book suggestions I’ve been given. The Gift of Fear tells us that what most of us consider as fear is actually anxiety, because real fear is a survival signal that causes us to react in a … Continue reading The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker – Every Woman Needs to Read This!

Wishful Thinking – Coffee and Chocolate for Breakfast

I was having a hormonal moment this morning. Remembering that I had chocolate cake in the freezer, I thought about how great it would taste with a cup of coffee. It’s been forever since I’ve eaten an unhealthy breakfast, but today I needed that comfort food. Smiling from ear to ear, I open the freezer, … Continue reading Wishful Thinking – Coffee and Chocolate for Breakfast

NPR’s 3-Minute Fiction Writing Contest — Cooking up Fiction by Susanna Hartigan

This was my rejected entry for my very first NPR writing contest. The story had to be under 600 words and contain the 4 words: "plant," "button," "trick," "fly." It's been two years since I read this, and looking back, I know it could use some work. Cooking Up Fiction  by Susanna Hartigan ©2010 Caterina … Continue reading NPR’s 3-Minute Fiction Writing Contest — Cooking up Fiction by Susanna Hartigan