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posted on: Jul 02 2014

Guest Post – Attorney John R Christiansen Analyses the Hobby Lobby Decision

  If You Don’t Profess a Mainstream Religion, Hobby Lobby Just Made You a Second-Class Citizen The most important thing about the Hobby Lobby ruling wasn’t that it allowed the owners of a closely held corporations to opt out of including contraceptives in the health benefits available...

posted on: Jun 13 2014

Dear Women: Velma Wiley

    Before she was my landlady, Velma Wiley was my co-worker.  We were housekeepers in a retirement home.  I was nineteen.  Velma was in her sixties.  Although there were six of us on staff, I was usually paired with her, because the steady stream of chatter...

posted on: Apr 29 2014

Author Interview: Leesa Cross-Smith

    I'm pleased to share my interview with author Leesa Cross-Smith, whose debut story collection, Every Kiss A War, was just published by Mojave River Press. Please tell us about the origin of your book’s title! It’s a wonderful name. Thank you so much! It comes from a...

posted on: Apr 24 2014

Dear Women – A Series on Women I’ve Known. Today: Mrs. Collins

    Ours was a middle-class family.  We weren’t poor.  We didn’t struggle.  That came later, after my parents divorced and my mother, lacking financial savvy, exchanged child support payments for having my father’s name removed from our home’s deed of trust.  In the 1960’s married women...

posted on: Apr 09 2014

Dear Women – The first in a series of posts on women I used to know

  How funny it is to suddenly remember someone you’ve not thought of for decades!  There I was, having dinner in front of the television (a nightly affair), when someone I worked with back in the Seventies crossed my mind.  Her name was Virginia Farrell.  We...

posted on: Mar 11 2014

Writing is Hard Work. So is Reviewing

    I hear a lot about bad writing these days.  Bad writing is what the surge in self-publishing has created.  Without gatekeepers, anyone can be a published author; anyone can throw his hat in the ring alongside Hemingway and Virginia Woolf.  Anyone can publish.  I won’t...

posted on: Mar 04 2014

Review of Nostalgia, a novel by Dennis McFarland

  Dennis McFarland’s novel, Nostalgia, is an elegant, tortuous journey into the darkest corners of the human soul.  The year is 1864.  America is torn by its bloody Civil War.  Young Summerfield Hayes, of Brooklyn, New York, alone in the world with his older sister, Sarah,...

posted on: Feb 23 2014

Talking Yourself Through It

My good friend and writing colleague, Nina Lorraine, has been having a hard time lately.  She’s down in the dumps, uninspired, looking for a way forward.  My heart went out to her, and I tried to give her some words of advice, consolation, at the...

posted on: Dec 31 2013

The Year in Review – A Look Back at 2013

          2013 was very good to me.  I brought out a new book, learned a lot about how to use social media, and finished my novel, What is Found, What is Lost, which will be published by She Writes Press late in 2014.  I had some...