WHO or WHAT do you serve?

At times, the political system seems inhabited by 4th graders angling for playground supremacy. The children (based on maturity, not chronology) bully and name-call to establish dominance. Reflecting back on this year’s activities with our West Point class, I noticed the R identifier after our Congressman classmate’s name. What is the party designation needed post-election?…

Clearing the deck before decking the hall

Whatever your religious preference, year-end offers a cornucopia of celebrations. Perhaps your family tradition includes feasting on turkey or Tofurky, followed by exercising credit cards on Black Friday morn. Maybe you display an Advent wreath and light candles as a way to prepare for the Nativity.  Or, perhaps you’re a historian who mourns the attack…

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

I’m on my two hundred and twenty-sixth try. I’ve heard its the charm. I have gotten a lot of great feedback from the many readers who read my Advance Review Copy of Flirtation on the Hudson.  The feedback has all been positive, and I am ecstatic. Surrounded by that good feeling, I have listened to the…

The Video Chat is Happening!

Book clubs around the Northeast have responded to my invitation to read my book and discuss it with me through my “Chat with the Author” program. So far, two Q&A sessions stand out — one in Boston and one in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Book Club in Boston was my first ‘in person’ Book Club Author…

Trick or treat?

While we would like to pretend otherwise, death will come to all. Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico. The festivities honor those who have gone before and marks life’s end as an occasion for hope and cheer. Celebrated annually from 31 October to 2 November, the holiday corresponds to Halloween,…

“May I Help the Following Customer?”

I was recently in a chain store in the middle of Manhattan with a long line of customers waiting to check out. When the person paying had finished gathering their belongings and left the register, the clerk called, “The following customer?” Woah! I thought. Don’t we say,’next customer’ in English? I thought perhaps this was just an…