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Howdunit: Book of Poisons

Your best reference for mystery writing


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I am still a freelance journalist

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My Personal Blogs

These are four mini-blogs about things that I have always wanted to write about: What I’m thinking, how to cook when you hate to, sewing (just because I do), and living as green as possible. And, yes, we are pretty crazy here at the Old Homestead. But it makes life fun. 

Stray Thoughts


Stray Thoughts: How to Write a Review

I saw a meme on Facebook the other day, pointing out that when someone reads a book they like, the nice thing to do is to go to Amazon (or Goodreads or Nook) and write a review. And, let’s be real, most of us won’t. Mostly, it’s because there aren’t enough hours in a day […]

by Anne Louise Bannon | August 4, 2015 | Stray Thoughts

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From the Dark Side of the Fridge: Salad Basics I

It’s summer. It’s hot. Salads are a great way to get dinner on the table without cooking and a minimum of fuss. Plus they’re generally pretty healthy. So let’s get some salad basics going, and yes, we are starting with the dressing first. “What?” you ask plaintively. “Why not just pour the dressing out of […]

by Anne Louise Bannon | August 11, 2015 | The Dark Side of the Fridge

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The Sewing Report: Using the Scraps

The one downside to sewing, and specifically clothing construction, is that there’s a certain amount of waste that gets generated. After all, there’s only so much you can do with the whole rectangle of fabric and most pattern pieces are not rectangles. So you get little bits and pieces of scrap fabric and finding ways […]

by Anne Louise Bannon | August 18, 2015 | Sewing Report

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Carless in L.A.: Get Out of Your Car and Say Hi

When I heard about the race-based shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, last week, I got angry. All I could think was that this has got to stop. We have to do something about racism. Every one of us. Now, you may ask, what does this have to do with trying to live a greener life? […]

by Anne Louise Bannon | June 23, 2015 | Carless in L.A.

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