Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fine Just the Way It Is

Not a holiday read in any way, shape or form, but Annie Proulx, the author of Brokeback Mountain, Shipping News and several other novels has done it again in this new book of short stories. 

To quote the Associated Press: "Brilliant!"

Friday, December 05, 2008


My favorite spot to holiday shop? 


Maya Angelou and several other authors and celebrities agree,

Friday, November 14, 2008


A group of Oxford researchers have compiled a list of the top 10 most irritating expressions in the English language. The researchers kept track of "overused buzzwords" found in current books and media outlets.  Take a look. Do you agree?

10.  It's not rocket science.
9. 24/7
8. Shouldn't of
7. It's a nightmare
6.  Absolutely
5. With all due respect
4. At this moment in time
3. I personally
2. Fairly unique
1.  At the end of the day

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Listen to Sally!

Are you tired of hearing, reading and seeing coverage about the upcoming election?  Me, too.

Vote on November 4th or the Great Pumpkin may come after you!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Foxtrot in Iraq

Award winning journalist, Mike Kelly, of The Record in New Jersey hopes readers remember that war is personal and changes lives. He's following the Foxtrot Company, recently deployed to Iraq, as well as their families in New Jersey. 

I recently interviewed Mike for an upcoming magazine piece and truly admire his passion for finding the heart of those he writes about. 

Monday, August 25, 2008

Global Cooperation

The Olympics exist as a tremendous example of global cooperation. I'm working on a magazine piece about Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, who has written extensively about his ideas and efforts to eradicate poverty. His Millennium Promise project is on the cusp of this achievable goal.

Friday, August 08, 2008

August Daze

Whether you're vacationing or staying put in front of your television to watch the summer Olympics, enjoy the glorious month of August!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Three Songs

National Public Radio is probably the only place where you'll hear the following, one after the other:

Frank Sinatra singing, "The Best is Yet to Come"
Joe Jackson blasting out "Hot Time, Summer in the City"
The gorgeous opening song (half Italian/half English) from Tony Award musical, A LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Opening Lines


Here's a good one—

"You still have 873 pages to go."

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thanks for the laughs, George!

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

—George Carlin

Monday, June 09, 2008

Snow in June

Where I live, it's 100 degrees outside. This photo was taken yesterday in New Mexico.

Think cool. Listen to Platinum CD, Snow In June by Canadian group, The Northern Pikes or read the play of the same name by Chen Shi-Zheng.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Let's Help!

Devastation has rocked Myanmar and rural China killing and injuring thousands. 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Writer, May issue

I've got a piece (cover story) in the May issue of The Writer.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Fever

Anyone else experiencing this?

A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of Spring.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Exciting New Site

Check out this new site:

Interesting Non Fiction for Kids

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Praise the Writer!

Congrats to DIABLO CODY for winning a well deserved Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

An Education in Graphic Storytelling

Persepholis is a must see. An animated "comic novel" about a girl growing up during the civil war in Iran. Beautiful animation and strong story. Political, personal, charming, touching, humorous, and thought-provoking.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Caldecott Winner!

If you didn't read this last year when it came out, you might want to now. It's a world worth getting lost in for a few hours.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Not a Review, but a Hearty Suggestion

I can't help but agree with the raves about this book—a top choice of many reviewers for 2007.