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Six Dots: Insight #1

Yes I know, I know … and I’m sorry that I’ve been a very delinquent blogger!! But I’m going to try and redeem myself. … Starting today and continuing through Spring and into the Summer—I’ll be blogging about the themes and issues in my forthcoming book: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille.  These

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Famous Trials–Why We Are Still Fascinated

This week marks the 89th anniversary of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, held in Dayton, Tennessee. Today, we remain fascinated with this and other high-profile trials, perhaps because—despite much evidence to the contrary—we need to believe that sometimes justice prevails, truth wins, the bad guys get their due. I’ve written novels about two of these famous

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Sharing Memorable Summer Reads

I wish, like my recent biographical subject Peter Mark Roget, I had kept lists of my favorite books from summers past. Alas, I did not! However, here are several titles I remember reading—and loving—in the months of June, July and August. They represent a wide range of subjects and genres and were chosen with compete

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Kick Back and Learn Something

With all of the demands on individuals and families today, one way to squeeze in some quality time with everyone in your household is to find a book or a movie that you can enjoy together. (Not easy, I know!) However . . . here are a few suggestions to get you & your family

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Charles Lindbergh

Who did it? Who knows?

September 14th marked the 60th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s published account of his historic flight.  In my verse novel The Trial, the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month old son from the second floor bedroom of the aviator’s home in Hopewell, NJ, the subsequent police investigation, and the six-week criminal trial, are seen through eyes of

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Winning isn’t everything, but it’s FUN!

August contest winners were chosen from all of the book-lovers who “liked” my Facebook page, commented on or “liked” Fb posts or blog posts, signed up for my Flying Tidings newsletter, or otherwise interacted with these pages. Thanks to all who entered—and because we love people who love books, we’re sending signed book copies to

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Labor [only] of Love?

Making a decent living in the arts has always been a challenge. It takes a long time to find one’s voice, style, and rhythm, and during this time one has to eat! To commemorate the commitment to LABOR on this Labor Day, here’s a list of writers and artists and a mixed-up list of the

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Another Chance …

to win! Time to launch another giveaway. The details are on my contest page, but here’s a good look at the prizes. Good luck!    

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Travel Back in Time

Take a peek at the excellent “1968” exhibit now at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Last Spring, I saw this same exhibit at the Heinz Museum in Pittsburgh and couldn’t believe how much of what was on display pairs perfectly with the events experienced by the three teen protagonists in my novel Kaleidoscope Eyes.

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And the Winner Is…

July Contest winners were chosen from all of the book-lovers who “liked” my Facebook page, commented on or “liked” Fb posts or blog posts, signed up for my Flying Tidings newsletter, or otherwise interacted with these pages. BIG thanks to all of you who entered—and because the response was so terrific, we decided to give

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