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October 30, 2019

Symbols, anthems, and mascots play a role in defining a group’s unity. They bring the group together and unite them when in opposition to another. Schools use symbols in athletics to convey the characteristics and attributes that define the institution. A mascot holds...

September 5, 2019

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

By Kathleen Rooney

St. Martin's Press

Lillian Boxfish knows a thing or two about a thing or two. The story was inspired, in part, by the life of Margaret Fishback, a poet and ad woman. In the 1930's she was employed by R.H. Macy and was the hi...

July 10, 2019

Book Review

When We Left Cuba, by Chanel Cleeton

Berkley an Imprint of Penguin Random House @2019

When We Left Cuba is character driven and checks all the boxes for a compelling page-turner. In the final chapter of Next Year in Havana, Beatriz, as an older woman, let’s he...

June 28, 2019

The Mueller Report Book

By Robert S. Mueller

Brown Books Publishing Group

Every American voter should read The Mueller Report. The version I have linked to in this review is a free digital version. Yes, it is lengthy, complicated in parts, and repetitive. However, if Trum...

March 17, 2019

The most frequent question I get about the stories I write is, “Where did you come up with that?” It’s not really one thing that inspires my stories, but several. I can’t explain how a hurricane in this time, an act of discrimination and intimidation in the past, and t...

February 20, 2019

I don't want to talk politics. I want to talk fashion and book genre. Netflix has been our go-to for television viewing lately. It's hard to believe there are so many channels now and we can't find anything to watch on the networks. Binging on Netflix has been the main...

February 6, 2019

Mahjong is a tile based game started in China in an ancient dynasty. It has been mentioned in novels like Driving Miss Daisy, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, and Crazy Rich Asians. Most Americans will recognize the hands as being similar to Rummy, but the ri...

September 30, 2018

You never know about these quote memes. Sometimes quotes are attributed to people when they didn't actually say them. But let's assume David Bowie did make this statement about aging. It's cool, because most of us watched him evolve. If he didn't say this, someone did...

July 27, 2018

In 1959 Elisa Perez, her sisters, mother, and father leave Cuba as Batista falls to Fidel Castro. She leaves behind a forbidden love, their stately mansion, and a lifestyle of bespoke gowns and parties. However, she also leaves buried treasures and her best friend, Ana...

July 14, 2018

When I started writing Birdie & Jude, my dog, Ollie, was declining and eventually had to be put down. Birdie has a terrier in the story, so his name became Ollie and he took on Ollie's grumpy attitude. I had Ollie for more than twelve years. He was adopted when he was...

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