On Choosing Books & Wine

I’ll admit that it has been a while since I read a really great book. This is disappointing to me because I like to think of myself as a “reader,” although, it’s hard to carry that title these days due to the lack of actual book reading that is occurring. I’m to blame for this,…

The Writer’s Bite

Sometimes it takes a moment of stillness to bring you back to where you need to be. I think it’s safe to say that we are all going through that right now. A moment. A day, week, a month? How long has it been since you last saw friends? Family? Your manicurist? Almost eight full…

In Support of Art, Writing, and all Things Expression

Life has been busy lately, and admittedly, I have not been paying much attention to the world outside of my realm of work and play. However, the horrific attack at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris has caught my attention, and my heart is breaking for the lives of those killed, as well as for the…

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here….

My Podcast Appearance on Sports*Politik

Hello Dear Readers. Some of you may regularly read my blog, and yet you have never heard my voice. Well, today is your lucky day!  I was recently a guest on the House Podcast for the Sports*Politik blog. We discussed the creative process, “luck,”  and other interesting topics that writers and artists like to chat…

History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR

Check out my guest post on the blog, New Modern Republicans. I think you might appreciate some of my insights–after several glasses of wine, of course. You can find the link to the post here: Introducing our Distinguished D.C. Guest Blogger-Jacqueline Coleman. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them here, or…

It Rains Mud in Rome

…And other things I learned on my trip to Europe: COMING SOON! I promise I will post more about Austria and Italy once I get a moment to write a post–between working for money, writing for my UCLA course, and traveling to Minneapolis for work this week, I’m losing out on time to write what…

House of Prayer No.2, A Book Review

“What do you want? Your boss asks you one night in a strip club.  You don’t know what you want; you seem to have everything you need—job, girlfriend, car, bar, beach. Historically, as with the realtor, when your employer asks you this question, it’s always like a sign from God that you’re about to move…

Writing a Novel is Distracting

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night (say 2AM for those of us who go to bed before 10PM), sat straight up in bed, and thought out an entire set of characters and a plot for a story that you’d never heard before? Did you then take that story and commit…

Let Them Make Art

I hated art class when I was in school. I’m talking about that class that you had to take in middle school where the teacher made you draw things. I never got it. I remember my teacher saying to me once, “Can’t you see the circles in that painting? Draw circles and then you can…