"In the end only kindness matters." ~ Jewel

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Courageous Quote 1

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea." 
~ Martin Luther King

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reflection 1

I would like to think that although I might expect a lot from my students, that I also have a great amount of patience and compassion for their individual learning styles. I'd also like to think that my praise for them and their work never transformed into negative feedback or harshness about their personality, and that my praise continues to this day. I think I can say this is true; this is true mentoring.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

My short story "Mary Ren's Disease" finds a publishing home

Los maté, si señor by Samy Sfoggia in Foliate Oak's November 2013 issue
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine will publish "Mary Ren's Disease" in its December online issue.  Go here to see the mag's November issue just up: http://www.foliateoak.com/.

Much thanks to Foliate Oak's staff for accepting this story!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Painting Czeslawa Kwoka part of NEA's 2013 The Big Read

Cover art, Lori Schreiner
Looking forward to reading poems from Lori Schreiner's and my book Painting Czeslawa Kwoka ~ Honoring Children of the Holocaust at the Pleasant Valley Free Library on October 23, 7 pm, as part of the National Endowment for the Art's The Big Read.

This year the book focused on is The Shawl By Cynthia Ozick.  The short story alone will leave you numb and devastated.  After I read it, I remembered all the reasons why Lori and I created our book: to remember and honor the young victims of the Holocaust, to give voice and image to their spirits.

Our book has not gotten world-renowned recognition like Ozick's, but I am thankful to be a part of this year's The Big Read and to have Painting Czeslawa Kwoka partnered in some small way with The Shawl.

I will bring the original color copies of Czeslawa’s paintings that Lori sent me and the photos that I worked from in my home office to write the poems.  The library will have FREE copies of the book available for participants and patrons.

These children, like little Magda and all the other children who lost their lives because of the atrocity of ignorance, greed, and war, WILL BE REMEMBERED!

To register either stop by the library or call 845-635-8460.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Where you can buy my books

Just click on covers, or check Amazon.com.