Mission Possible

Mission Possible

“Because you write, you show the rest of us that there is life after work – that you can retire and have a meaningful second career doing what you really want to do.” A reader said these words to me this week, and they gave me a boost beyond anything I would have expected. I […]

I’m Not A Good Writer

I’m Not A Good Writer

Occasionally, someone will read one of my books and exclaim, “Wow, who knew you were such a good writer!” It’s a kind-of compliment. But the words “good writer” always elicit my unspoken response, “Oh yeah? What does that mean?” You see, I think most people are pretty good writers. They get through school able to […]

Take It – It’s Mine

Take It – It’s Mine

Remember plagiarism? Remember how bad it was to copy some else’s work without duly referencing and crediting them? And remember copyright? Remember how what you made up and wrote down belonged to you – became the property of your intellect – and needed to be duly referenced and credited when someone else copied it into […]

This Week, I Held My Breath…

This Week, I Held My Breath…

This week, I Held My Breath For 22 Hours, 47 Minutes And 15 Seconds Between October 14 and October 16, 1987, I also held my breath. And afterward, I cried. Jessica McClure, an 18-month old Texan, had fallen down a well, through an 8″-wide casing. For 58 hours, the whole world watched, and waited. It […]

The Pillars Of The Earth Are At The Mall

The Pillars Of The Earth Are At The Mall

The other day, I was in a ladies clothing store and met a friendly woman who quickly engaged me in conversation. I’ll call her Linda. Actually, Linda did almost all the talking. She told me that she was the descendant of a wealthy European family, where the elder son had received the father’s inheritance, and […]