What Do Turkey, Canada, and Libraries Have in Common?


photo by Roberto Saltori Lots of great news to report on THE MEMORY BOX this month. That’s what you gotta love about books, right? If THE MEMORY BOX were a pair of jeans, it would have been old after six months. If it were a song, one month. A tuna sandwich, 2 days. But a … Continue reading What Do Turkey, Canada, and Libraries Have in Common?

An Open Letter to High School Graduates


Congratulations! Take a bow; you deserve it. I’m sure you worked very hard. High school is tough these days, and it’s nearly impossible to sail through without tenacity and effort, especially if you are ambitious and have your sights set on future greatness of some kind. By “future greatness,” of course, I mean your own … Continue reading An Open Letter to High School Graduates

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It


photo by Corey Harmon A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first “met” this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I’ve received many times over, albeit from different writers. I’ve even sent that same email myself, … Continue reading If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us


Photo by Peter Tea As I read stories written about Prince since his untimely death, I realize there are some loud messages he’s left us to ponder. One of the most crucial is: it’s okay to be different. In fact, it’s not just okay. It’s important, necessary, vital even. Prince never shied away from being … Continue reading The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us