Boozy Review: Just Add Hammock

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh My rating: 5 of 5 stars Is it wrong to do a boozy review of a children’s book? Well, this review is not for children, and as it turns out, the book is a delightful read for adults as well as kids. I hadn’t read it in a few decades, but somebody just mentioned it to me and I picked it up again. Let me tell you: Reading Harriet the Spy as an adult is like watching Rocky and Bullwinkle as an adult. You...

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Nobody’s Perfect. Especially This Drink.

Nobody’s Perfect by Donald E. Westlake My rating: 4 of 5 stars Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder novels are really all equally funny and surprising. if you haven’t read them, you have many hours of smart, witty, lighthearted reading ahead. But what to drink with them, you ask? Well, here’s the thing: the characters in the Dortmunder series (a bunch of sometimes-bumbling, sometimes-competent criminals, much like you’d...

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Latest Goodreads review: Cocktail for a Lady Killer

Lady Killer by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a delightful fast read and such a glorious period piece. It seems like every noir writer working in the 40s had to write a twisted thriller set on board a cruise ship, which leads me to believe that they all let themselves get talked into cruising out of New York and down to the tropics in the winter, found themselves bored and in a bit of a constant dark drunk stupor, and...

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Announcing the New Book!

Announcing the New Book!

Hey folks!  I’ve got some news!  I just worked out a book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a series of novels based on the true story of a woman in the early 1900s who, through a series of strange and interesting events, became one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs, and then went on to do other great things, including forming a detective agency with her sisters.  I’ve been absorbed in the research for two...

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Phone Break in Bryant Park

Phone Break in Bryant Park

  Without really meaning to, I’ve done a whole series of New Yorkers with their phones. This guy was reading something on his phone after lunch in Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. I love it that his shoelaces matched his phone case! See this and other paintings at my DailyPaintworks...

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Manhattan from Newark

Manhattan from Newark

            The Manhattan skyline as seen from the Newark airport. Who knew they had such interesting views? 6 x 12, oil on cradled wood panel with sides painted black.  See this and other paintings at...

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Ladybird

Ladybird

  8 x 10 oil on cradled wood panel. See this and other paintings at DailyPaintworks. Ladybird is a Buff Orpington with a sweet disposition and an amazing capacity for egg-laying. She’s also very eager to sit for...

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Rogues’ Gallery

Rogues’ Gallery

  Available for sale through DailyPaintworks Gangsters!  And assorted other criminals and associates. This is my attempt to get better at painting faces.  All 8 x 8, oil on cradled art board.  If you want to see the paintings, they’ll be at  Eureka Studio Arts in December.  The show opens Saturday, December 7 from 6-9 PM. I’ve been painting for over ten years, thanks to Linda Mitchell’s weekly class, but I’ve always...

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Margaritas in Denver, and a Contest

Margaritas in Denver, and a Contest

Hey folks!  I’m headed back to Denver this weekend for the Douglas County Library’s Books, Bites, and Brews event. I’m going to give a little botany lesson on margaritas and you’ll get to drink a very well-made specimen.  Don’t you feel smarter already? And in other news–The Drunken Botanist is up for an award over at Goodreads.  If you’re at all interested in voting, here’s the...

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October road trip!

October road trip!

Hey people!  It’s just about time for the last farmers market cocktails of the year–and it’s time for me to hit the road.  I’ll be all over the country this month.   Here’s what’s coming up– see you there?   October 03 2013 06:00 PM — Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA An evening of botanical cocktail wonderfulness. Advance registration required. October 08 2013 07:30 PM...

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