Monthly Archives: September 2023

Chocolate as Currency

What is it about chocolate that captures the popular imagination?  From Charlie’s Golden Ticket to happiness having him running a Technicolor chocolate factory, to young John Midas, who suddenly finds that everything his lips touch turn to chocolate, children’s books portray chocolate as an object of greed and obsession, as a relief from poverty, at […]


Amber's Tea Party Ideas

In my latest cozy mystery, there’s a formal tea.  It was a fun scene to write, because I love tea, and have been collecting teapots, teacups and related tea accessories for about two decades.  A lot of the pieces are attached to specific memories, or were gifts from specific people.  One of the things I […]