*As a quick note, the links I’ve added for purchasing physical books will direct you to my favorite local indie bookstore in Central North Carolina, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, but finding independent bookstores near you is very easy…just do a search here. I am also linking the e-books to the kobo reading app, which […]

Nina L. Diamond has been a freelance journalist for more than 30 years with over 1000+ articles and 2 books. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, Omni and the Sunday magazine of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was also a writer and performer on NPR’s […]

This week, I’m in the mood to return to one of my favorite places…Telemark in Norway…the place responsible for creating the musical but dour Solberg clan I’m so proud to belong to. Although I’m not gonna lie…I am very greatful I didn’t inherit my sense of humor from them, or else I might think shit […]

From the cool comfort of an air-conditioned living room, I have spent the last week…my first week in North Carolina…avidly patrolling fashion news websites in anticipation of all the judgement I would pass because it was fashion week in gay Paree. And in between bites of some of the best barbecue I’ve ever had, I […]

I’m not giving anything away when I say that My Last Continent by Midge Raymond is a romantic tragedy. Very early on in reading this novel the reader is told that there is going to be a deadly shipwreck off of Antarctica resulting in the deaths of 715 passengers, crew members and rescuers at some […]

This past weekend I went on a day trip to one of my favorite places in the entire world, the Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve. The Mohonk Preserve is the largest visitor and member-supported nature preserve in New York State, with 165,000 annual visitors and 8,000 protected acres of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams. […]

This week we are going to Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the birthplace of Robert Johnson…the King of the Delta Blues Singers. Unlikely but amusing legends say Robert made a deal with the devil at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, which resulted in his mastery of the guitar and the blues. Unfortunately for the world, any […]

Wintering begins when elderly Harry Eide disappears from his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota…a wilderness he has known his whole life. He’d done this once before, more than thirty years earlier. In 1963, Harry pitched this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to his eighteen-year-old son Gustav […]

WILLIAM E. WATSON THE YEAR 1904 JANUARY ROBERT E. WATSON These words are etched into a wood panel in the antique red barn of our House of the Week. I have no idea who the Watsons were, but I imagine the answers lay in the thousands of historical household documents in boxes also stored in […]