A Scam Story for Thanksgiving

Two days ago I was driving up Amsterdam Avenue in NYC, en route to pick up my daughter at Columbia University before returning to Rhode Island for Thanksgiving, talking hands free on my cell. That’s when my world unraveled. I’m working on a non-fiction book with tips for avoiding financial frauds and know that all con artists share the same basic approach: 1) scope out the target, 2) isolate the victim, and 3) create an artificial sense of urgency. But it’s far easier to be Continue reading →


This is one of those moments in time when writing becomes difficult for me because there is so much to say. But…I’ll be brief. (I promise. :)) Looking back on the tragedies over the year—just recently the horror that played out in Paris—the sympathy for the innocent victims and the pain that comes from yet another senseless act, boggles my mind. This is the time of year to give thanks for all the good, kind and wonderful people, events, and moments that occur in life. And Continue reading →

MORE RE: Shameless, Blatant, Relentless Self-Promotion!

It hit me recently while trying to offer some requested advice to a writer-friend. In that case it was about how he should go about trying to sell his novels as movies or TV shows. But what struck me covers far-wider territory. Reality Time! For starters: Google yourself! Why? Because – count on it – in Today’s World, unless you’re a flat-out, self-professed beginner, that is the first thing a producer, reader, agent, actor or anyone else is gonna do! Same goes in other businesses, Continue reading →

The Old Dog

Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café was surprisingly quiet. The television above the counter was still turned to CNN where it had been since the attacks in Paris, France. The sound was muted so we could still read the text as the hair-sprayed anchors continued their coverage. Rain streaked the windows. Most of the Hunting Club members hunkered over the round corner table. We talked in low tones of old wars and new ones. None of it was entertaining.Headlights cut through the gloom and Continue reading →