September 7, 2018

Word docs don't translate here. Please forgive the formatting, and enjoy the read. 

Chapter One

The front window of Aye Candy displayed a hand-scrawled poster warning that knife-fighting, “rough-stuff with the entertainment,” biting, and loitering would not be tolerated....

September 7, 2018

As always, sorry for the formatting glitches. Word docs don't always translate well here. Happy reading.  

Callie had always been one to sit on the front row, raise her hand, volunteer to feed the class bunny over winter break, and share what needed sharing, whethe...

August 31, 2018

This is an article I wrote that first appeared in Mother's Circle back in March (Thank you Leah DeCesare). I'm posting it here today in honor of back-to-school. Go hug someone. 


Let’s begin with the agreement that every teacher, parent, principal, staff member, AN...

August 4, 2018

This coming weekend I'll give a eulogy for an old friend and mentor. Bob came into my life when I was flailing around in an angry teen period, and his presence and guidance helped to keep me from going too far down a wrong path. He was a good role model, instilling or...

July 11, 2018

I looked back and realized I haven't posted anything of a narrative nature in months...months! Dang near unforgivable, so let's get on it today. The following is a little story about forgiveness, apropos given the times.  Hope you like it. Let's call it: 

Cactus-Mo...

June 1, 2018

The last several weeks have been spent producing and directing a short film called Bee Sting and a Horse Kick. The dark comedy is based on a short story I wrote nearly twenty years ago after my vasectomy, so it was especially gratifying to wrap this film that has been...

April 11, 2018

We’ve all been in a theater, watching trailers for upcoming films and then leaning over to our accomplice…er, companion to whisper, “We’ve gotta see that one.” There is no doubt that coming attraction reels work for movies, but in the last few years authors and publish...

March 1, 2018

My second non-fiction book, Textbooks, Not Targets: Preventing School Shootings in Your Community, went under contract two months ago with an expected publication date of early 2019. However, two weeks ago it was fast-tracked by the publisher because of the shooting in...

February 2, 2018

I spoke in a previous post about my method of using screenplay formatting as a skeleton upon which to build full novels. There are dozens of books out there on how to outline a novel, but this is the way I've found works best for me. Once I can "see" the story cinemati...

January 9, 2018

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of my last chemo and radiation treatment for an aggressive cancer that had taken up residence in my throat. I’m not a smoker, not a user of tobacco, so the diagnosis was one whopper of a surprise. I’ve lived through the ‘80’s cra...

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