Today is the “official” release date of my fifth book, “Mishmash.” I know you all are pretty damn excited about this as I am, but I’m still on my first cup of coffee, so let’s keep that excitement to a minimum—OK?
What we have here is a 232 page book and 60 stories. Some are fiction, some are real and some are a little bit of both. Some are long and some are short. Some you’ve read in CityBeat or other publications and some you haven’t read at all. This’s why I’m calling the book “Mishmash.”
The stories in this collection were written between the years 2009 and 2014. A friend of mine told me it’s a little bit like emptying a filing cabinet and maybe that’s true, but it wouldn’t normally take a person two plus years to do that. I really tried to tie these stories together in a way that makes sense.
The deal I have with Amazon is they have exclusive rights to the book for eight weeks. Then, it will be available everywhere else—so if you’re thinking you can just pick it up at the library, you’ll have to wait for a couple months.
I’ll be doing at least one book signing sometime this spring or summer. A lot of the stories in “Mishmash” take place where I live—Covington, Kentucky—so I’m thinking it would make sense to do it there. Maybe down at the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington)? I hope I’m kidding.
I always feel funny about shameless self-promotion but you do what you have to do. I don’t think I ever beat anybody over the head with it. Having said that, you can click here to order my book.
I’ll be back here on the blog Wednesday—April Fools’ Day. It will be early in the morning and just like today; I’ll still be drinking my first cup of coffee. Excitement, once again, and fooling around will be kept at a minimum.
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In a recent interview with Esquire, Chelsea Handler says Bill Cosby tried to “cosby” her about 10 years ago. You can click here to read more about this.
So now, we have a new word, a new term in our pop culture. In other words, we’ve got ourselves a new verb.
If someone attempts to “cosby” you, that means someone has tried to drug you and then rape you. I guess I don’t really need to spell it out, but I just did.
I still think it’s a shame Cosby’s career has to end this way—and yes, I continue to think his career is over—but then again, you reap what you sow
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I like peas. There, I said it.
Up until very recently, peas were my favorite vegetable. Asparagus—especially roasted asparagus—has replaced it, but peas are still a close second.
I make a lot of casserole dishes—tuna, salmon, chicken, etc.—and peas is included in all of them.
I don’t know if my daughter likes peas or not. I know my son doesn’t.
It’s been many years since I’ve shelled peas. I remember helping my mother do this on the farm back when I was a kid.
I like pea soup too—especially when it’s with ham.
Spring peas, sweet peas, early peas, Wando peas—whatever. All peas are good in my book.
Is pea protein the new soy? If it is, it’s OK with me.
I like peas. There, I said it again.
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Has it really been 25 years since the movie “Pretty Woman” was released? Hard to believe but I’m assuming The Huffington Post wouldn’t lie about it.
They did something that was kind of fun. They did a list of 9 other movies that were released around the same time as “Pretty Woman.” Here you go—here’s the list.
On that list, I saw two of those movies—“Driving Miss Daisy,” and “The Hunt for Red October.” I remember really enjoying “Driving Miss Daisy.”
I also saw “Pretty Woman,” but I think I saw all three movies when they came out on video. I’m talking Beta here too.
Yes. I’m old.
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I’m not much of a beer drinker anymore, but I know some of you are. I’m thinking of you this morning. I’m providing a map of every country’s most popular beer. Well, actually Vinepair is.
You can click here to see a larger version of the map.
The most popular beer in the United States is. . . Bud Light. Bud Light? Wow. I’ll look on the bright side. At least it’s not Milwaukee’s Best.
I shall return on Thursday.
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I now live in the state of Kentucky, so I support the Kentucky Wildcats. Having said that, I don’t care all that much for basketball but I never say that too loud over here.
I will say this pretty loud. Let Ashley Judd enjoy her basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats, in peace. She’s pretty fed up with all those abusive tweets she’s been getting on Twitter and she’s researching legal action. I say good for her.
Like Judd, I detest bullying of any kind and that includes social media bullying. Right here, at this little old blog, attempts have been made to leave mean comments to me and to some of the readers here who make comments. You probably haven’t noticed them very much, because I take them down. I mean, I let things go to a certain level—but if a person starts to get out of hand, their comments get deleted.
I will sometimes take a step beyond this. If a person continues to be a bully and/or continues to be mean, that person will be banned from the blog—or at the least the computer they are using will be banned, and that’s forever. Yes, I have that power if you can call it that. The way I look at it is life is too short to constantly be reading somebody’s meanness, so I don’t.
Of course, most of you who read this blog are polite and courteous and I try to thank you for that by keeping the bullies out of here.
Let’s all play nice. Go Ashley Judd and go Wildcats.
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I promise I won’t write any more about the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese recall. Well, that is after I put up this post.
When I was down at the corner of happy and healthy yesterday afternoon (Walgreens/Covington), I noticed they had boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on sale—99 cents per box. This led me to have a little fun with the cashier. I was having fun, but maybe she wasn’t.
Me: “I see you got Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on sale.”
Cashier: “Oh, I don’t know. Let me check the flyer.”
Me: “You know, Kraft has just recalled over 6 million boxes of that stuff.”
Cashier: “No, I didn’t know.”
Me: “Is that why it’s on sale? Are you trying to get rid of it so you don’t have to send the boxes back?”
Cashier: “Why, no. I don’t—”
Me: “Some of those boxes you have on sale may contain metal shavings”
Me: “Really. I guess Walgreens is thinking there is no additional charge for the extra ingredient. In fact you’re giving us a discount!”
Cashier: Blank stare.
All right—I had tortured the cashier long enough. I left the store.
On the way home, I thought maybe I should have told the cashier that Walgreens should know that selling Kraft Mac & Cheese with metal shavings in it isn’t happy and isn’t healthy, but I didn’t feel like going back to the store.
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It seems to me that there has been a lot of food recalls lately. I mean, you can’t even buy a box of good old Kraft Macaroni & Cheese these days without worrying about biting into metal. What is the world coming to?
Ever wonder what the most commonly recalled foods are? Here are four of them.
I knew about three out of the four. I don’t recall knowing that cantaloupe was recalled a lot. Yep, you learn something new every day.
I hope you all have a good weekend. I’ll be back here on Sunday. I’ll do some grocery shopping tomorrow—need to pick up more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and cantaloupe.
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I’ve probably said here too many times that I don’t like change, but the reality is my habits—especially when it comes to food—changes all the time.
Now I don’t remember why I did it, but the last time I went into Kroger, I got me a bag of Rainier Honeycrisp Apples. A day or so later, I ate one. Oh. My. God.
I’m sure I’ve had this variety of apple before but maybe not. They are so damn good.
That fruit bowl I have in the kitchen has three or four honeycrisp apples in it, but I keep a lot of them in the refrigerator as I like the way cold apples taste. Please don’t tell me I shouldn’t keep apples in the refrigerator because I’m going to keep doing it anyway.
I’m eating an apple a day. Sometimes when I get up in the middle of the night and I’m hungry, I’ll eat one of those apples—sometimes from the fruit bowl, sometimes out of the refrigerator.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I don’t know about that. I just like the honeycrisp apples.
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The film doesn’t have distribution yet, but Sally Field takes the lead in the movie, “Hello, My Name is Doris.”
Sally hasn’t had a lead in a film for nearly a decade. The Huffington Post did a pretty good story about this and you can click here to read it.
Of course Sally is 68-years-old now—probably harder to get leads in films when you’re older. Well, there’s no probably to it. More like definitely.
I’ve always had a crush on Sally Field. Find distribution for this movie soon, you filmmakers you. I’m anxious to see it.
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