Too Close to Home?

I’ve been working on a short story based on my grandmother’s experience in a state mental hospital. She was sent there in 1940 when my mother was 12 years old. Back then, it was not unusual for men to commit their wives to mental institutions if the women were a bother, eccentric, didn’t perform their […]

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Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC)

If you’ve been reading my blogs over the past few months, you’ve seen me refer to #RRBC, the Rave Reviews Book Club. I don’t know how I found this group, but I must admit, my entire approach to writing and publishing as an independent writer has changed, thanks to the expertise that the members have […]

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My Desk

I really have a desk. No, really. For several years, the desk was buried under stacks of paper, junk from who-knows-where, flotsam and jetsam, scraps of notes for songs I never wrote, you name it. Essentially, I had nowhere to go to write. For my first book, Empty Seats, I went to the local library […]

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Help Wanted?

It’s all over the news. We see help wanted signs everywhere we go. “We can’t find enough workers.” “People are lazy because the unemployment compensation was raised during the pandemic.” “No one wants to work. They just like to sit around and watch Netflix or play video games.” “What’s happened to the American work ethic?” […]

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Photographs and Memories

Do you have any idea what memories are in your basement? I don’t. Every now and then, I mosey on down the stairs and find things relating to my past life. Examples: -my class photo from the third grade at Johnson School in North Weymouth, Massachusetts -my student ID from the University of Tennessee (1967) […]

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