Archive for April, 2012

Thanks For the Memories…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I would like to thank Ann Friedman of the Nassau Herald for writing a lovely article about my writing and its connection to my thirty-year career as an English teacher at Lawrence Middle School. (To read the article in its entirety, Key into your search engine “Nassau Herald” and then click on “Five Towns.” After that, click on “People.” Mine is the first article.)

I read the article today and was amazed at how deftly Ms. Friedman tied in some of my life experiences with the writing of my novels. Most novelists reveal so much of themselves in their work, even though they are writing fiction. It is impossible not to because we subconsciously bring our life experiences into our every facet of existence.

Over the years I have found that the local newspapers have been very helpful in giving my writing coverage. The Whitestone Times and The Wave, in addition to the Nassau Herald, of course, have written interesting, informative articles that have helped people to learn more about my books, my life and me. I thank all of these publications.

It is my pleasure to share this review and human interest story with all of you.

Let me know what you think.

Best wishes always,



Friday, April 20th, 2012

I was greatly saddened by the death of Dick Clark. In so many ways he was an amazing individual.

When I went to junior high school, a special part of my afternoons was turning on the television and watching American Bandstand while sitting down on the sofa and eating a fattening snack. I would watch Dick Clark, the teen dancers and the amazing guests while gearing myself to start my homework for that day. What an entertaining break that was!

I remember sometimes watching the game show, Pyramid, years later and, often watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve much later when I was an adult.

I didn’t realize that Mr. Clark was much more than a fantastic host. He was a brilliant businessman as well. He also encouraged us to feel that we could stay young forever, even in this most challenging of systems.

Anyone’s death reminds us of our own mortality, but when that person is a family member, a close friend or a celebrity, our reflection becomes even more intense. We’re reminded to live the very best lives we can and always to pursue our dreams while being willing to stop whatever we are doing if someone needs us to help them in some way…to listen to what they have to say and to provide encouragement when they’re feeling down.

I strongly believe in God’s promise of a resurrection on a paradise earth. In my heart I know that Dick clark will be there.