Category Archives: Personal

Moving from blue to green

Here, I read my essay, Groves of Green, published in the Australian literary journal, Koru. I tell how an ancient tree, the metasequoia, and a scientist nudged me away from the rim of grief and back to reality.

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Zigging and Zagging in the Information Age

  I suppose I should not bury the lede – there is some news – I have been recognized as one of the “top 25 Brand Builders” of 2017 by Leading Women Entrepreneurs, a New Jersey organization founded by start-up … Continue reading

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How a tree and a scientist nudged me out of the morass

I am honored to be included in the first-ever issue of a new online literary magazine, Koru, based in Australia. A Maori woman, Anjulie To Pohe, is using her people’s creation traditions to represent the endeavor of artists and writers … Continue reading

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  “Memories are chemicals. Tiny tag teams of proteins and neurons. Electrically charged gobs of ectoplasm. Researchers at the University of California have watched memories, mere specks, hatched live in the brain cells of sea slugs…” So begins my essay, … Continue reading

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For Shame

SUMMER REVEAL: OBESITY AND BODY IMAGE I sliced through the water of my suburban New Jersey condo complex’s crystalline lap pool this weekend. I sucked the sticky air. I expelled my breath under the surface and gurgled chubby, wobbly bubbles. … Continue reading

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Getting into the Flow The sages, that is, writing colleagues such as Robin Gaby Fisher, Brad Parks, and Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, say you must write 1,000 words a day to free the mind and stir up words, images, and associations. … Continue reading

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For much of the 20th Century, my father’s father grew roses in a tiny lot behind his white bungalow in Springfield Gardens in Queens, New York. Bounded by a busy, grimy world and contained within a chain-link fence, fluffy, golden … Continue reading

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Trip on a yellow submarine

(VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SHORE) The Star­Ledger Archive COPYRIGHT © The Star­Ledger 2000 Date: 2000/07/16 Sunday Page: 001 Section: NEWS Edition: FINAL Size: 941 words Squeeze on in, the view is worth it VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF … Continue reading

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Holiday song redeemed

Holiday songs, silly or not, are connected to our past,  powerful reminders of pleasure or pain. That’s why I wrote an essay, “Learning to Love Dominick the Donkey” in the Star-Ledger of Newark during the holidays. As I hoped, we … Continue reading

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Welcome to “Fathom”

“Diver Dan” Since I was a toddler, dipping my toes in salty Oyster Bay Harbor, the sea has stirred my imagination. Books I found around my parents’ house, with haunting stories and images such as Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little … Continue reading

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