Remembering Wilkes Bashford

Being that I've only been in the Bay Area a few years, I didn't know the iconic Wilkes Bashford nearly as long or as well as so many of the people whom I'm certain are shedding tears—just like me—as they learn of his passing. Yet in the short amount of time that I've been here, he touched me like few have in my lifetime, for that was the kind of man Wilkes Bashford was—so incredibly kind, giving, loving and downright honest. … [Read more...]

Motivated by Moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out

I don't have any time these days to work on my memoir, Bellini for One, but that doesn't mean I don't have time to participate in an authors' event. I recently had the pleasure of moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out, an annual panel discussion with local authors put on by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. This edition was an exciting one with authors Qiana London, Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D and Brenda … [Read more...]

A writer’s blood, sweat and tears

I'm writing this blog post on an airplane as I fly from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta for a four-day stay at Casa Aramara, a fabulous villa that just became available to the public. Well, the public that can afford its $15,000-$30,000 nightly rate. I'm not a one-percenter, but instead a freelance travel writer on a press junket with other journalists whom I will meet when I land. … [Read more...]

Dog Lovers on tour

Kelly E. Carter The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

Dog lovers get ready! Coming soon to a city near you: New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter, with her jetsetting pooch Lucy, signing copies of her newest book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.  And maybe not. … [Read more...]