Yesterday or Today

I was reading over some comments made about what happened in Charlottesville last year. Some of them expressed surprise at the notion that the Nazi platform is alive and well today in the U.S. even though Adolf Hitler is dead. These comments made me wonder; what is it like to be a Nazi in 2019? Research indicates that there are […]

Evolving Halloween

                                 Evolving Halloween Thursday night about six-thirty, as soon as it was getting dark on my street, I set out my three carved jack lanterns strategically, so they would lead the trick or treaters off the sidewalk and down the path to my house.  I poured a few bags of candy into two aluminum pots for my daughter, dressed […]

Returning To The Old Bunk Bed

                                  How would you like to cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances, surrounded by granite counters and glass accessorized cabinets, and later eat off of expensive china plates?  How would you like to live where there is a fully equipped gym, bathrooms stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, fresh linens every day, a backyard, vending machines […]

Mexican Food For Real

Mexican Food For Real I just finished reading Ally Wong’s excerpt from her new novel, that has a chapter on how to judge a good Asian restaurant.  Everything she said made a lot of sense, and I started thinking about how you pick a good authentic Mexican restaurant, because there is a Mexican restaurant on every corner, every place you […]

Brown Paper Bags and Old Soda Bottles

            Brown Paper Bags and Old Soda Bottles A while back, my daughter installed a new application on my phone and explained how all I had to do was type in the address of where I wanted to go and it would give me step-by-step directions. She explained how I didn’t need to get on the computer and try to […]

Monday Morning Group

CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POSTING Monday Morning Group Francine Rodriguez     I think it was some time in 1996, at the waning end of the surge in the crack epidemic in South Central.  It was the point where rehabs had opened their doors up and down the coast.  Some of the doors opened onto pastoral seaside hideaways, or non-descript […]

Monday Morning Group

|by Francine Rodriguez    Today the crack smokers are getting older.  Getting high in the open air of South Central is not a common sight anymore, and the behaviors that sometimes accompany it have for the most part, gone underground.  I’ve been carrying this memory around for all these years.  So, here goes:     I think it was some time […]


There’s Equality in Sports Injury I happened to come across a study yesterday. It was a study of the human brains of a number of young men who had all died before age thirty-two. Scientists kept the brains in large freezers especially for this type of testing. Half of the stored brains belonged to young men who took their own […]

Why Catfish

                                                                  Now that I’m officially “old as dirt,” and still above-ground to watch it all, I keep coming across spectacles that make me stop and stare and try to shake the cobwebs out of my brain. So, let me explain, prior to writing my prior two novels, I generally stayed the hell away from technology with the exception of my […]

A Woman Like Me Review by Viga Boland

Reviewed By: Viga Boland Review Rating: 5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review! Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite If you’re going to write a long fiction crime thriller, you’d better make sure of three things: you have a really great plot, gripping characters, and most important of all, the skill to create a true page-turner. Well, Francine Rodriguez […]