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Remembering 9-11-2001

              Young boy leaving flowers outside the US embassy in Moscow, 9/11/2001. Courtesy September11news.com It’s September 11th. Here at the Jersey shore it is a hot, muggy, end-of-summer sort of day. Nothing exciting, nothing … Continue reading

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#1stNovelWoes

Three weeks ago I was absolutely over the moon because, drum roll please, I had finished the first draft of my first book. A four year project (well, really one year with three years of life getting in the way) that had … Continue reading

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PitchWars Wishes

This week the PitchWars mentees are going to be announced. Several of my writing friends have submitted to PW. I am living vicariously through their PW journeys this year. I hope to be in their shoes next year. They are talented … Continue reading

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Favorite Book Quote #1

Today I ran across one of my favorite book quotes of all time. It has stuck with me through the years and I can almost quote it verbatim. It is a beautiful paragraph. It contains the innocence of a child, … Continue reading

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There have been so many times when this very thought was bouncing around my brain.

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Censorship in the “In” Box

August 10, 2016 An artist/writer friend was recently courted for an exhibition at her local library, UNTIL the subject of her series Crime Against Nature became known to the organizers. I get that the subject of homosexuality/gender bending roles is … Continue reading

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The Creative Rollercoaster

DISCLAIMER: this is a totally self-serving piece written off the top of my head to remind myself why I do this, so if you’re expecting a witty, searing, honest piece, forget it. Well, the honest part is right, but that’s … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Childhoods

This poem was an exercise based on a fabulous piece I read a few years back. The poem is meant to be read from top to bottom. Then re-read from bottom to top. The meaning is changed completely. I found … Continue reading

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The Purple Crayon (part 3/3)

It was during her first few months back in the USA that Ruth met my dad, Keith. He was a local guy. He’d also served overseas and returned home to restart his life. Keith had just landed a job with … Continue reading

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The Purple Crayon (part 2)

Ruth lived up to her promise to become a nurse. In her late teens, she traded cleaning services in a dentist’s office in exchange for getting her teeth fixed, a pre-requisite for acceptance into nursing school. She joined the Army … Continue reading

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