life


Fia’s Story: Bad Kitty Turned Good 6

Three years ago, I was born in an alley behind a chicken joint. My mom disappeared when I was a kitten. It was up to me to take care of my four siblings. We survived on scraps of fried chicken wings and fake mashed potato gravy. The owners hated having us around and would bang on the dumpster to shoo us away. I lost track of my siblings after starting work at the local bodega as a mouser. The guy behind the counter […]


Cooking at Home #HelloFresh Style 2

Most of the time, cooking is therapeutic, because I like to do everything as fresh and from scratch as possible and have plenty of time. Me and Mr. Man get a great meal, but half my day goes to cooking and cleaning instead of writing. One of my writing goals for this year is to produce several books instead of one. The first of these is due to the editor in six weeks. It’s only a third done which means my […]


I Hate Family Secrets

I was ten years old when I found out my sister existed. I was forty before I knew her name. For the most part, mom raised me by herself.  She was a good woman, very practical. She worked hard, put my needs first and didn’t shelter me about how the world really worked. Education was a priority. I got the “Twice as hard for half as much” speech every few months. She encouraged me to follow whatever career I wanted. […]