Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Jellabiya Time

A Visit to the Tailor When I was in Egypt at age ten, that would be in 1967, my siblings and I found the clothes men wore to be very funny. They looked like pajamas to us, long striped cotton garments,. Women were covered from head to toe, all in black. In the villages of …

A DANGEORUS WOMAN: Into the Light

On Valentine's Day I head to Luxor, Egypt to write for two months. Valentine's Day is always bittersweet, for it is when private investigator Casey Cohen left this earth. In 2000, shortly before he died, he gave me a series of fantastical letters sent to death row inmate, Maureen 'Miki' McDermott and made me promise …

How I Packed Up and Took Off to See the World

Check out the link to my essay on how I freed myself of extra baggage and took off traveling two years ago to find inspiration for my writing. Thank you Amy Oestreicher! "It doesn't matter if I am in a café in Phoenix, wrapped in blankets on a freezing night in the Sahara Desert, or …

INTO THE WORLD

My World Project                    New Millennium Writings When I was awarded the New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Award for Reflections from Istanbul, an excerpt from my childhood memoir INTO THE WORLD, I was asked to write an introduction, something about my motivation and approach to writing. I recently received the print edition of the anthology and I re-read …

A Beautiful Journey and Remembering Casey Cohen

I have never, quite honestly, cared much about money or possessions or having a permanent home. My books, however, have been with me for over thirty years, a few more than fifty. These Eskrima sticks have been with me close to twenty years. Other sticks have come and gone. But these I have wrapped and …

For All the Girls on the Schoolyard

Suddenly, instead of the Zombie Apocalypse, I was someplace far worse: bac on the schoolyard with all those entitled boys, and me wanting to join in the games and them pushing me out.

How Social Activism can Inspire and Promote Your Writing–All while Turning You into a Better Person

As writers and artists we have unique opportunities to change the world. Check out my article in Night Owl Reviews about the win-win opportunities of social activism. How Social Activism can Inspire and Promote Your Writing--All while Turning You Into a Better Person