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Boozy Review: Just Add Hammock

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Cocktails | 0 comments

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 realize that 90 percent of it got right past you when you were a kid. This book is smart, funny,...

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Nobody’s Perfect. Especially This Drink.

Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Cocktails | 0 comments

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 find in any workplace, only this is a New York-based crime ring), always meet in a bar to plan their...

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Latest Goodreads review: Cocktail for a Lady Killer

Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Cocktails | 3 comments

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 invented bizarre murder plots set on cruise ships and tropical islands to keep themselves...

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Announcing the New Book!

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Book Tour/Events, What's New | 0 comments

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 years, and now it’s official. While I’m finishing the edits on the first book...

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Phone Break in Bryant Park

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Gallery, Paintings | 0 comments

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

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Gallery, Paintings | 0 comments

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

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Chickens, Gallery, Paintings | 0 comments

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

Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Gallery, Paintings | 0 comments

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 avoided faces. I found them frustrating and, to be honest, not as interesting as cityscapes, which is...

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Margaritas in Denver, and a Contest

Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Book Tour/Events, Cocktails | 0 comments

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 link.

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October road trip!

Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Book Tour/Events, Cocktails | 1 comment

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 – Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Livermore, CA The Drunken Botanist. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street,...

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