Movie People—Stop Changing the Ending of the Book!

  • January 14, 2019
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SPOILERS for Mary Poppins Returns, you have been warned.


I understand taking poetic license with stories. And Mary Poppins Returns is not the same as the book Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P. L. Travers. A major difference is that the book continues the adventures of Jane and Michael Banks as children. For the movie, updating the premise worked.

But there’s one glaring change in the film that made no sense to me.

Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2018
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May the coming year be filled with all good things! Also, LEARN from my mistakes. Back up your files! Through a slow and torturous process with truly excellent customer support I now have my files back but my computer is throwing a temper tantrum concerning the system upgrade. I’m typing this on my phone and will be making a nice pot of vegetarian Hoppin’ John for luck—um, I mean nutrition. 🙂

Happy Holidays!

  • December 24, 2018
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Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!


An Update

  • December 17, 2018
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About two weeks ago I woke up with pain in my eye, like an eyelash was turned in. I couldn’t find anything but rinsed it with cool water and used eye drops during the day. It seemed almost okay—except the next morning I woke up at 5:30 am with the same horrible pain.

A few trips to the eye doctor and I was on the way to healing. It’s amazing what a speck of dirt can do. Everything focused on it. To get as comfortable as possible, that meant no reading, no Internet, and no TV until I felt better.

No. Reading. I’m amazed I survived. (Being hearing impaired makes audiobooks more work than anything else.)

So things are now a lot better—and honestly? Being away from my computer made for some stress-free days. I hadn’t realized how plugged in I was until I had to stop.

But don’t ever take my books away.


Happy Hanukkah!

  • December 03, 2018
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No matter how you spell it!


Is it Time to Purge Your Bookcase?

  • November 26, 2018
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“Too many books?” you cry. “How can I have too many books?”

It happens. Maybe others in your household have grumbled complaints or given you the stink eye as they tried to find a place to sit. Maybe your home is neat and clean but feels tiny and cramped.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 19, 2018
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To all who celebrate this week, Happy Thanksgiving! Right now I’m giving thanks that I got through getting a tooth pulled. Soft foods are my friend. 🙂


Up in the Adirondacks

  • November 12, 2018
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There was the usual crazy mix of weather, flurries (although it’s obvious that Blue Mt. got more than that), buckets of rain, and one day of sun. Perfect weather to me. Enjoy.

And finally, on the way home…



  • November 06, 2018
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Was on vacation for a long weekend and forgot to say anything. Sorry about that!

By the Hungry Sea—Guest Post Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin

  • October 28, 2018
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For Halloween this year, I give you a weirdly appropriate post from author Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin. Hints of creepy, folks.


By the Hungry Sea—Guest Post Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin

If you want to spend time in the sun to escape the encroaching seasonal chill, you’ll find my short story “By the Hungry Sea” in the upcoming Winter issue (no. 39) of Supernatural Tales. But I warn you, the heat and sand and salt water will not comfort you. If unease is what you desire to get your juices flowing, do slip into this tale of a man who loses himself bit by unsettling bit. Then enjoy the other disquieting offerings in this awesome publication. Let yourself be haunted.

Issue no. 39 will be available soon. In the meantime, check out previous issues of Supernatural Tales at


Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin is author of the novel Snare (The Waiting Dark: Book 1) and has published short speculative fiction in various places. She has a poem in the upcoming Winter issue of Mirror Dance and another story slated for the April 2019 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly.


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