The Serenity of Influence

As Molly read last night, I found that little compartment of my brain that is ever alert for messages from the muse taking in ideas for writing short stories. Her story read like European cinema, her style was so refined and well-crafted I felt I imbibed it like a cup of calming herbal tea. Harold Bloom, a crusty but respected literary critic might call this The Anxiety of Influence (a 1967 academic oeuvre). However, no one writes in a vacuum (oh, except for James Joyce, but that’s another story). I call it The Serenity of Influence.

Wilderness Begins at Home, an excerpt

From the memoir, Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels with my big Sicilian Family, to be published in 2016 Chapter 1  La Familia Tutti Bene in Sicilia, 2006 A family reunion in the old country—it had such a nice ring to it. But when I read my brother Tom’s email suggesting our clan meet in Sicily […]

TANGO: Celebrating 7 lucky years on the Book Shelf!

“What a wonderful connection you will be sharing with readers: the present moment, communion with another soul, letting go, passion, strength and femininity. I am very excited for your book!”

2015 Tango on Mt. Tamalpais, Oct 24

Details are here 2015 Tango on the Mountain (Tamalpais)

Oh là là! Stories with a French Twist

FREE! Sunday, October 4th at 4 P.M at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA Savor a moveable feast of travel stories with the accent on all things French. Mill Valley author Lisa Alpine hosts this effervescent literary afternoon featuring a cadre of très magnifique authors including: • Erin Byrne is author of Wings […]

Travel Writing Workshop

September 12, 2015 1–5pm • $95/person •  limited to 10 participants 1650 Jackson Street, San Francisco Instructor: Camille Cusumano, award-winning travel writer since the 1980s and former food & travel editor at VIA Magazine. REGISTER WITH PAYPAL BUTTON: “Travel writing is one of the oldest forms of literary endeavors.” Everybody travels today and many write […]

True North, Alaska Bachelor Auction

Hearing impaired or sound is off for you? Here’s the full text: There was a man, a Bear really, dressed as a man. I was warmed by his blue eyes, seduced by his cowboy French. He was a Utahan by birth, an Alaskan by design. I followed him into the mountains out West. He made […]

A Sultan in Palermo, Tariq Ali, review

Sultan in Palermo, A: A Novel by Tariq Ali My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you think Islam beats out Christianity for brutality, you will think again after reading this historically accurate novel by British-Pakistani historian/novelist Tariq Ali. It takes place around 1150 in Sicily during the period when the Normans had accomplished a […]

Furaha (Joy) Guest House, Nairobi, Kenya

Furaha Guest House in Gigiri, Nairobi is wonderful.

My Tango Teaching Credentials

I earned an official Argentine Tango teaching certificate in 2006 through the teacher training course with Christy Cote. The training is DVIDA approved. But my real knowledge and understanding of the dance  came with miles and miles on the dance floors everywhere, but most especially in Buenos Aires during the nearly four years, I called […]