Moment of Silence

September 11, 2014

Remembering the souls lost on 9/11 today, and praying for families and survivors.

A while back, I wrote a poem for prayerpower4today, my blog with writing partners Sue Bradford Edwards and Lori Strawn, about the preciousness of life. With your indulgence, I’ll re-post it here as we honor the fallen today.



Live with Grace

The main thing I wish for you is this:
A rich, full life.
Even if you’re not rich.
Even if your belly’s not full.
The “for-now” -ness gets us all into trouble.
We say we’ll just take this job… “for now.”
Or stick with this relationship that’s a sinking ship….. “for now.”
For now is another way of saying, I accept less than I deserve.
So here’s the tricky part.  Be content but don’t settle.
Expect great things.
Blast off in a rocket to reach the stars.
Build an eighth wonder in your imagination.
How would you live if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What would you do if you had all you ever wanted?
Would you suddenly know how to be happy?
Mr. Right doesn’t do that for you.
Growing a third eye and seeing into the future won’t make it clear.
It’s already there, all wrapped up inside of you.
Ask God’s help.  Do it yourself.
Get on your knees and pray.
Get on your feet and walk.
Be about it.  Now move.

City of Hope Fundraiser at R’Jai’s Salon

September 9, 2014



Bad hair day? :)

Here’s the answer!

This Sunday, September 14th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, R’Jai’s Hair Salon is hosting an event benefiting City of Hope. This HopeCuts fundraiser is part of a national effort to eradicate cancer. On this date, fine salons throughout the east coast will host HopeCut events simultaneously in an effort to raise money for this worthy cause.

Why not come out for a day of beauty, while at the same time, doing a good thing for your fellow humans? The event will be held at R’Jai’s Hair Salon, 2 JFK Boulevard #2, Somerset, New Jersey. Their phone number is 732/545-0226.

Hope to see you there!

Did You Turn Down That Path?

August 21, 2014

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So I’ve been having dreams for a while now about “walking the path.” I wrote a poem about it a while back. Recently, I had this “being at the crossroads” dream, and it was so very vivid – my feet hurt as if I’d been traveling and I was exhausted, even though I’d just woken up from a full night’s sleep.

Starting in on my morning routine, I began to fold some laundry.  I brought my son’s clothes into his room, where he was still snug in bed, since it was early.  He said something to me, in a mumble-y, groggy voice.

“Did you turn down that path?” he said to me.

I was really startled by this. His eyes were closed.

I said, “what, honey?”

Even though he was still asleep, he said it this time with some vehemence.

“Did you turn down that path?!?” he asked.

Not sure how he knew about my dream, especially since he was still asleep. But what in the world does it all mean? What path am I supposed to take? Does “turn down” mean to go in that direction, or to reject it? Wonder if there is such a thing as a Dreamscape Linguist.  I’ve got a real mystery on my hands!

The Guest House

August 21, 2014

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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Jelaluddin Rumi. Translation by Coleman Barks

Blogs Writers Should Check Out

August 12, 2014

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Justine Musk writes Young Adult Urban Fantasy (not sure if there’s an acronym for that – YAUF?) and her blog is spicy and meaty at the same time.

“You have an inner source code – a soulcode — that holds the secret to where you belong in the world.” Justine Musk, “your passion quest”.

Reprints: One Way to Increase Your Income

August 3, 2014


Great writing advice from my writing partner, Sue Bradford Edwards’ blog, “One Writer’s Journey.” If you’re serious about earning a living as a writer (and graduating from calling yourself “aspiring writer”), her blog is a great place to learn the ropes.

Originally posted on One Writer's Journey:

rewrites incomeIf you make your living as a writer, you have to get a certain amount of work out there to actually make this possible.  It isn’t just word count that matters but also earning potential.  A 500 word all-rights piece for $250.00 may bring in a fair amount right this minute but ultimate earn less than a limited rights sale on a piece that you can sell to multiple markets.

There are two things that you have to do to make this possible:

  • You have to retain some of the rights.  If you sell all rights, the publisher has all rights to the piece.  You can’t use it again.  They, on the other hand, can publish is multiple times without paying you any more after that first check.  Note:  Highlights buys all rights but compensates the author if the piece is used more than once.  To sell a piece…

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Constructive Criticism? Is that Really a Thing?

August 3, 2014

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Do any of you other writers out there have this problem?  I’ve had to give up gigs in which I had to critique other writers’ work – including one of my faves, writing movie reviews for Festival of Films.  I fudged it well enough with this post about Les Miserables and this one reviewing Cloud Atlas, but I just couldn’t bring myself to tear down another writer’s work.

Is there such a thing as “constructive criticism” – one writer to another?


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