Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

"I'm Swedish, which makes me sexy, and I'm Irish which makes me want to talk about it." That's the first line from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, my third book, coming to paperback on August 25th. Same content, just cheaper, so get yours today! The book was a Michigan Notable Book, and a finalist in the prestigious IACP Awards and the Goodreads Choice Awards. I'm delighted to report the first official review from … [Read more...]

Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’

"Who are you?" Mike asked me last week.  "What are you talking about?" I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars of canned jams, jellies and preserves. "Have you become your grandmother? You're  canning like a maniac." "No, I am not becoming my grandmother," I sniffed indignantly. "You read the book. This is all about my grandfather."  Until this summer, as an adult, I made jam exactly twice, … [Read more...]

Recipes by Radio

Another story from the upcoming book. This one, about the voice that reminds me of my childhood. The last I heard, she was retired and living in Arizona. Every morning when my mother wasn’t working, she’d park in front of our radio and listen to "Party Line," later "The Betty Clarke Show" on WFDF-AM in Flint. The host was a folksy, pragmatic woman from Flint’s sister city, Hamilton, Ontario. Her real name was Betty … [Read more...]