Chaos Chronicles


12 More Signs You’re Ready for Season 3 of Downton Abbey

12 More Signs You’re Ready for Season 3 of Downton Abbey

Last year’s post  was such a hit– 11 Signs You’re Ready for Season 2 of Downton Abbey –  that I decided to kill some time between now and the the Season Premiere of Season 3 of Downton Abbey  on Sunday night and share some more signs of readiness.     You’ve turned your living room [...]

My Motto for 2013: Change is Good

My Motto for 2013: Change is Good

Happy New Year, Chaos Crew. It’s 2013– and not soon enough. I ended the year in fitting fashion with a nasty cold and general malaise. Is 2012 over? Apparently so, because yesterday I woke up at dawn to watch the Rose Parade and start the new year with a fresh attitude and hot chocolate. Woo-hoo! [...]

Attention Wisconsin Badgers and Stanford Cardinal! An Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Pasadena

Attention Wisconsin Badgers and Stanford Cardinal! An Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Pasadena

Bucky Badger Rocks the Rose Parade 2012 Step aside, Santa! All Hail, Queen Vanessa! Time to move on, people, at least here in Pasadena where things really pick up as we head towards New Year’s Day. Onto the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. Welcome Wisconsin, Stanford and all you Bandies from all over.  [...]

Attention Badgers and Cardinals! An Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Pasadena

Attention Badgers and Cardinals! An Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and Pasadena

Step aside, Santa! All Hail, Queen Vanessa! Time to move on, people, at least here in Pasadena where things really pick up as we head towards New Year’s Day. Onto the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. Welcome Wisconsin, Stanford and all you Bandies from all over.  As a public service, a few posts [...]

Books I Enjoyed in 2012 by Lian Dolan

Books I Enjoyed in 2012 by Lian Dolan

Books I Enjoyed in 2012 A short list—and probably incomplete—of the books that on my bedside table that stood out to me this year. As I was working on my own novel, you’ll see that my list happens to be all fiction and all written by women.  That happens, as I tend to pick up [...]

The Gift of Flight in honor of the Sandy Hook Victims

The Gift of Flight in honor of the Sandy Hook Victims

From the Archives. In honor of those lost last week in Connecticut. Last summer, a mother and father bird made a nest in the camellia bush just outside our back door. I’m no birdwatcher, but I can tell you that male was gorgeous with a black body, yellow bill and a red crest.   The female? She [...]

Many Thanks for your Kind Words & Deeds

Many Thanks for your Kind Words & Deeds

My Mother, New Orleans 2011 Last Friday, we celebrated the funeral mass for my mother Edna Klarman Dolan in my hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.  I can say with full confidence that she would have loved to have been there. The day was filled with family, old friends, memories and warmth, good food and lovely flowers [...]

Chaos Chronicles 605: An Update and Many Thanks for your Kind Words & Deeds

Chaos Chronicles 605: An Update and Many Thanks for your Kind Words & Deeds

Chaos Chronicles 605: An Update and Many Thanks for your Kind Words: Chaos Chronicles 605: An Update and Thanks Lian describes the last few months of her mother’s illness, death and funeral. A list of Lessons Learned and the To Do list for the rest of the year. Direct download: Chaos_605.m4a Category:2012 — posted at: [...]

Edna Klarman Dolan 1927 -2012

Edna Klarman Dolan 1927 -2012

Edna Klarman Dolan , Santa Monica Beach 2011 It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the death of my mother, Edna Klarman Dolan. After a short, intense bout with cancer, my mother died late Monday night in a room filled with peace, light and love. My mother was a wife of 62 years, a [...]

Kindle Paperwhite Product Review: A Good Little Device for Readers on the Run

Kindle Paperwhite Product Review: A Good Little Device for Readers on the Run

Yes, I made the leap to an e-reader! At least for a little bit. As part of the Viewpoints Blogger Review Panel, a new Kindle Paperwhite arrived at my door about a month ago. As an e-reader newbie, I was pretty intimidated. But as a writer, I knew I had to at least give the [...]