The scruffy man approached me on a Manhattan street with a fan of tickets in his hand. “Would you like to see a free show?” he asked. “Uh, no.” It was 1989 and when men in the Times Square section of NY asked you that kind of question they invariably meant […]
I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel Spy in the Mirror and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, Spy in the Harem. I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense Finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: DianaBelchase.com, or friend/follow me on facebook and twitter. I blog on KissandThrill.com.
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Several days ago, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was quoted as saying: “Russian forces could take over Ukraine’s capital in two weeks’ time, if they wished.” I keep thinking, in this 100th anniversary year of World War I, and 75th anniversary of World War II, how similar some of the current […]
Living in Washington is wonderful. The city is a museum, culture is everywhere, and politics often makes sleeping pill prescriptions totally unnecessary. Sometimes I lose sight of how interesting and different our city is, but events like the one I attended on Friday night shake out complacency. Yes, I was […]
Am I too old-fashioned? While Kindles are wonderful, the idea of using a digital copy of the constitution, or the Bible, to swear anything, just doesn’t seem respectful in some ways. This is a major-moment, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. Would the ambassador have come to it in torn jeans and […]
A great Memorial Day tribute by my blog mate to our Air Force Special Ops guys!
Look at the hunky male who showed up at my friend Cecily’s house. Can you imagine being able to look at this handsome fellow all day?
Last time I griped about Burger King. Today Victoria’s Secret is up on the block. Just going into Victoria’s Secret is difficult. Entering that world of underwear and lingerie is like setting foot on an alien planet. I tend to be a bit of a girly girl, but […]
You walk into the Burger King at the Clara Barton rest stop on the NJ Turnpike. Quick for ten points, who was Clara Barton? (See answer below) Amid the vast choices of spectacular food you choose an exotic burger (that’s sarcasm for those of you who’ve never been […]
Okay, I admit it, I’ve got a problem. I am absolutely addicted to Korean TV. Yes, it is in Korean. No, I don’t speak Korean. Thankfully there are subtitles. Imagine Disney merged with your steamiest soap opera merged with the history channel. Welcome to Korean TV — or […]
Ellen Byerrum is fantastic. She’s a novelist, playwright, reporter, Washington journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C. Her books are fun, sassy and unexpected. […]
Vincent Pirruccio has worked for most of his life as an artist. His sculptures are magnificent and important. Books have been written about him, though I’d never seen any of his pieces up close. I was lucky to be in Taormina where his exhibition, The Geometry of Space, […]
Here in Washington, D.C. , we’re all a little panda-crazy. There’s no better news on a cold winter day than the emergence of a new panda cub. In this blog post, my dear friend, Cecily Nabors, recounts her trip to the National Zoo to see the newest addition […]
I recently posted about Christmas miracles — the small ones that we often forget about. I wished all my readers miracles big and small — little did I know I’d be the recipient of one myself. 😉 You see, by the time Christmas got around this year, I […]
Okay, I admit it, Karna Small Bodman intimidates the heck out of me. She’s had more high profile government jobs than anyone ranking under Secretary of State. And to be honest, there are a few Sec’s that she’s run rings around. This is a woman who knows first hand […]
Gravity is the latest in a string of spectacular films by two of my favorite actors, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The cinematography is incredible and well worth seeing in 3-D. My husband enjoyed it so much, that after seeing it by himself, he dragged me to the […]
With my friends Carey Baldwin and Lena Diaz out on book tours doing presentations on radio and TV, I thought I’d mention Jan Fox’s great book, No MuuMuu, Please! once again. I met Jan, a four-time Emmy award winner and news personality, at a local National Speakers Association […]
Allison Leotta is a former federal sex crimes prosecutor. That brings to mind a stereotypical image of a hardened woman, more male than female, tough enough to toe it with the big boys, and able to stomp down on the revulsion most of us would feel when confronted […]
One of the world’s most beautiful sights is the wild pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague every July. It sets the heart thrumming in a universally spiritual moment that brings about 50,000 people* to the tiny island nestled in the waters between Maryland and Virginia. Who knew […]
Millions of people were stunned last week to discover the amazing singing group, Forte, had only met a few days before their TV audition on America’s Got Talent. Up until then, they’d only met online. It may seem odd to most people that you could form friendships or […]