Book Review: Andrew Gifford’s “We All Scream”

I couldn’t wait for my copy of We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford's Ice Cream Empire by Andrew Gifford to arrive in the mail. The book promotion said, For more than seventy years, Gifford's Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation's... Continue Reading →

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Street poetry: Selma at the Crossroads

  On May 1, I had the honor of reading a poem I wrote for Selma, North Carolina’s sesquicentennial. Museum volunteers held a brief Founders Day ceremony with a few costumed citizens and refreshments in a pocket park on Anderson Street. There at the podium, with modern trains and traffic in the background, I read... Continue Reading →

A Poem a Day

    Yay! My poem, “Flowers Bruise Too Easily,” and short story, “Saturday Morning Skate,” have been accepted for publication in The Virginia Writers Club Centennial Anthology. Release is targeted for VWC’s annual meeting in November 2017 to kick off the club’s 100th year in 2018. I am so happy!   It’s like plucking a... Continue Reading →

I have a Quran in my home

The recent Muslim travel ban, which has no credible national security rationale for it, reminded me of the ignorance and hate against immigrants and refugees that I encountered when I lived in Manassas, Virginia. I was working the counter at a local government office one day, when an elderly white man came in. I can’t remember... Continue Reading →

Bathtub Books

These days, I reduce, reuse and recycle books. I reduce by avoiding Amazon.com. If I can’t find a book I want at a local independently-owned bookstore, I think twice about the purchase. I reuse by giving away autographed books by local authors as auction items or door prizes at fundraisers. I borrow and return books... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2016: Your Novel, Your Universe

November is National Novel Writing Month! This is my fourth year participating. NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel or non-fiction book. Register and begin your book prep at NaNoWriMo.org. On Nov. 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing at 50,000-word book by Nov. 30. One part writing... Continue Reading →

On Being a Literary Citizen

When my friend Barbara Presnell invited me to The North Carolina Writers Conference on July 29-30 in Greensboro, I didn’t want to go. I was still wallowing in rejections. How could I hold my head up among an assembly of the state’s leading writers, editors, publishers, educators and literary professionals? I forced myself to go,... Continue Reading →

My Julii Horribilis (My Horrible July)

July brought computer problems, a coup d’etat for my old printer, and more writer rejections. Three of them in one day. Stop! This, on top of the other rejections I’ve gotten for my writing since January 2016. I’ve been depressed for days. I even yelled at teenagers for throwing a soccer ball against a neighbor’s... Continue Reading →

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