Saturday, February 28, 2015

Looking Inside

They are beautiful, each a different shade of ochre, except for the single green one. There is always the one green one. That's Ryan's trademark. One green one in every dozen.

Ryan is a farmer who lives near the edge of town. For weeks now I've been buying eggs from him. I can hardly wait to get home and open the plain-looking carton to see the exquisite colors of the eggs inside.

They vary in size almost as much as they do in color, some big, some small, one or two downright tiny.

How different they look from the ones at the grocery store. There the eggs come in fancy, styro-plastic containers. Open one up and you'll see one dozen identical eggs in two neat rows. All of them matte white. All of them the same size.

Of course, they have cartons of different-sized eggs: small, medium, large, extra-large. But open any carton and it's hard to tell one egg from another. Even the ones labeled "All-Natural Brown Eggs" are all of a uniform size, the same shade of brown.

Funny, but when you crack an egg of any color open it looks like any other egg inside; Clear, syrupy white surrounding a golden yolk.

Makes me think of people. Some look plain on the outside, but when you look into their hearts you see an astounding assortment of colors. Others may seem to promise something unique, but inside they are striving to be like all the others. All the same.

Yes, and when you look deep enough, we are the same. Not that we don't have different ideas or different things to offer. But we have the same needs. We need air and water and food and dreams to which we can aspire.

I'd like to be like one of Ryan's eggs: Unique, not like all the others in the carton. I think I'd like to be the green one.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Show Me Colour" by Rosalind Gibb

Let me say right at the start Show Me Colour is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Rather than trying to cover everything that has happened in her life so far, Rosalind Gibb focuses on two years (plus a little) of her life. The result is deeply moving.

From the subtitle, Notes on love, loss, grief and renewal, I was expecting a book filled with advice on how to cope with the loss of a loved one. What I got instead was the very personal story of one woman’s struggle to cope with tragedy and grief.

The writing is engaging, sometimes taking a narrative approach, sometimes being more episodic, moving between the two with ease. It runs over 35,000 words and I devoured it in one day. As an American reading the work of a Scottish woman, I found the text easy to follow: I only had to look up two phrases! After reading it, I feel as if I know the author personally. That is remarkable considering what a small slice of her life she shares in the book.

Not only are you likely to enjoy this book, fifty pence of the purchase price goes to support Cruse Bereavement Care in the U.K., so you can relish a good read and help others at the same time.

I should mention (because I know this will be important to some readers) the book does contain some strong language.

I received a complimentary copy of the text of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Trailer

Yes, I have created a book trailer for Acting: From First Audition to Final Bow. You can see it HERE.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


I just published my first eBook yesterday and I'm already going to be a featured author at My interview will post February 19th. But don't wait until then: Go check out all the other cool stuff Riley is blogging about!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I am very excited to announce the publication of my first eBook, Acting: From First Audition to Final Bow. It is available for download at in multiple formats and will be free until at least the middle of March.

I'd love to know what you think. Leave a comment here or a review online.