A Writer’s Journey: My Pandemic Pastime

My writer’s journey began with letters I wrote home from college. Yes, we had long distance telephone service in those early times, but the good stuff — detailed descriptions of my doings, parental advice and our deepest feelings — were best expressed in those long, thoughtful ramblings, often written late …

Lockdown blues? Read a scary ghost story

Lockdown blues getting you down? Does the TV news sound the same every day? Remember those years when you discovered how to escape with a good book? It could take you to exotic places, earlier times or new adventures. In The Turn of the Key, (Scout Press/ Simon & Schuster, …

A great book: a good pal if you’re stuck inside

According to the experts, social distancing is the only measure available to slow the spread of coronavirus until a vaccine is developed in a year or so. So many of us are stuck inside, and ought to remain until the pandemic subsides. For sure, we are sticking close to home. …

Chicago Mob lives on in new architectural mystery

Isn’t organized crime, “the mob,” a thing of the past? Not so, according to Brian Bardsley, Jr., Chicago Police SWAT Team leader and medical response specialist, it has merely gone respectable, although not legit.  Over a half-century ago, after the FBI, the Kefauver Commission and RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and …

Honor your own military heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day our thoughts turn to our own military heroes, past and present, who have helped defend our country and our way of life. The what-ifs, if we had not resisted and prevailed—a world under fascism? —are chilling. Wherever your father, grandfather, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters or …

Women in World War II: RADIO memoir rated high

A judge in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published book competition awarded 96 percent of  (29 of 30) available rating points to Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces, by Alice H. Green (1913-1982) and Peter H. Green. This contemporaneous memoir concerns the role of women in World War II …

New e-zine Fringe explores the arts

I’m delighted to inform to my readers of the new Fringe Magazine, an online “glossy” publication, which brings high quality visual images, thoughtful commentary, selected writings and artist interviews to her team’s growing audience. Created by Sarah Jane “S. J” Robinson, talented writer of Orwellian science fiction, such as her …

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