A Tax Weekend Giveaway

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What’s Going On

This post may not be as powerful or as moving as the Marvin Gaye hit by the same title, but yet the label still applies. I haven’t posted here in a while, but there’s a lot going on in my creative world, so I wanted to fill you in about … Continue reading

The Sound and The Fury, a Review…or Opinion…or Something

It’s been months since I’ve posted something new out here, not including Reblogs, so I figured I’d share my thoughts of my attempt to read William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury. I had published this on Goodreads earlier. I can’t really say I finished this one–not even close. I … Continue reading

The Twelve Year Novel, Part 3 (the final part)

In case you had missed the previous parts, they can be read here: Part 1   Part 2 In the fall of 2007, I was invited to join a novel critique group hosted by local author, Sandra McDonald, who is well-known and respected in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. She’s also … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Rabbi Cywiak

I’m spending this weekend in Orlando with my nephew and realized that–due to my busy work week–I did not get to write a post about Rabbi Samuel Cywiak’s birthday. So, I’m standing in line at Legoland, waiting to ride The Dragon roller coaster with my nephew, which is an hour … Continue reading

A Mighty Wind: A Photo Recap of My Time at the 2011 Halifax Art Festival

This past weekend, the 2011 Halifax Art Festival was held on Beach Street in Daytona. I was invited to join a table with the Florida Writers Association and sell my books, and since I’d never participated in an art festival before, I thought it was worth a shot. I wish I … Continue reading

Good Morning, Herr Mueller

Early on, when I was meeting with then 88-year-old Rabbi Samuel Cywiak to ghostwrite his Holocaust memoir, he kept insisting that I include a Holocaust story, which he called the “Herr Mueller” story. It was about a good-natured rabbi who always greeted every man, woman and child he had encountered … Continue reading

The 2nd Edition of Flight From Fear

  With the original edition being just about sold out, the 2nd edition of Rabbi Samuel Cywiak’s award-winning memoir, Flight From Fear, is now available for pre-order. Books should be available by mid to late June 2011. This new edition corrects some mistakes found in the original edition and features a … Continue reading

A Concert in St. Augustine to Benefit Rabbi Samuel Cywiak

By now, many of you are familiar with Flight From Fear, the Holocaust memoir which I had ghostwritten for Rabbi Samuel Cywiak. What you may not know is that at age 91, Rabbi Cywiak is finally retiring from his role of Principal Rabbi of Sons of Israel Synagogue in St. Augustine, … Continue reading

What A Difference A BOOK Makes!

  Over two and a half years ago, when I had first met with Rabbi Samuel Cywiak to begin work on his Holocaust memoir, Flight From Fear, I was amazed at how active and lively he was for a 88-year-old man. Here he was, and still is, working as the … Continue reading