“Strong women” wanted. Whatever those are.

tattooed lady weightlifter

Hello readers and welcome to me being driven slowly crazy by well-meaning people who can’t really be criticized for saying what they believe to be a compliment. Clearly this isn’t obvious, so I’m here to tell you: calling someone a “strong woman” is exactly the same as calling someone a “clean African American.” Or a … Read more “Strong women” wanted. Whatever those are.

How to Get Ripped Off Ten Ways Before Breakfast

First thing I do, I walk off the plane, and it’s two a.m. in New Delhi. I occurs to me I might have picked a flight with a more convenient arrival time. India’s confusing enough in the daytime, but what the hell. I’m wide awake and feeling brave, so I change $1000 at a booth that … Read more How to Get Ripped Off Ten Ways Before Breakfast

Alert: Chautauqua Park is Boulder’s Big Little Scandal

chatauqua park

I went to Boulder, Colorado for a friend’s wedding, which I was afraid was going to make me depressed–not because she’s all happily married and I’m not. (No thanks! Blech!) but because I’d be forced to make small talk with people I don’t know, which typically makes me feel like a badly programmed robot destined … Read more Alert: Chautauqua Park is Boulder’s Big Little Scandal

The Santa Fe Speakeasy Presents

old fashioned microphone in a blue halo--logo for santa fe speakeasy

It’s that time again, for the Santa Fe Speakeasy, Santa Fe’s only live, true, storytelling show. (I usually say our only “monthly live true storytelling show” figuring the more adjectives I insert the less likely someone is to prove me false. I actually have no idea if there are any other shows like this out there.)

Inhuman Behavior

I’m really excited for this month’s theme: Inhuman Behavior. Really the theme is animals, but I expanded it to include anything not human, including aliens or people who act in an inhuman way. I’ll be telling a story called “Miss Priss,” about how I went from being a prissy debutante child to a wild untamed rebel, with the help of horses, moths, tarantulas, and a couple of horny toads (those are actual animals, not what you’re thinking).

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Fine Art and Despair


I’ve Been talking to people in the know about the art market in Santa Fe. Most notably, my art teacher Geoffrey Lawrence. Turns out this place is kaput. Not so much Santa Fe, and our little world, as the entire concept of investing in art.

Used to be gallery curators educated people about emerging artists–which ones are good investments, which ones show promise, who has a great sense of line and form, who is an amazing colorist, and whatnot. But nowadays, according to what these particular people say, the culture of art investments just doesn’t really exist anymore.

Well, the world changes. What interests me, as a ghostwriter and author, about this phenomenon, is the “lost cause” aspect of it. Hearing this news actually makes me more attracted to fine art, not less, because I’m a sucker for lost causes.

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Travel Memoirs: How, Why, and Where

I always consider it a great privilege when I’m called upon to ghostwrite a travel memoir. These books are just like any other memoir in that I simply interview the clients, get all their stories on tape, and ask a lot of questions so that I can figure out not only what the trip was about, on a superficial level, but what it was about on a deeper level.

In your Eat, Pray, Love style travel memoir, there are always a lot of adventurous tales to be told, but the real story, of course, is how did the person change because of taking this trip? How did the protagonist solve her existential dilemma or “find herself?” Just like with any other memoir, we’re dealing with the action-based superficial story at that same time as the inner-based story of growth. But this isn’t the only kind of travel memoir.

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