Self-Published Book Beats the Odds by Making the New York Times Bestseller List


      When I self-published my book, admittedly, it was the last resort. It was the backup plan if I had failed to sell it to a trade publisher. I promised myself that if I couldn’t sell it, or find an agent to represent me, I would not tuck it in a drawer and … Continue reading Self-Published Book Beats the Odds by Making the New York Times Bestseller List

How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?


photo by Tina Franklin Do you ever wonder this? Have you ever asked yourself in the middle of the night, as you turn to look at your husband or wife in bed next to you, “Do I know everything I should about this person?”? This is exactly what makes the “marriage thriller” (GONE GIRL, THE … Continue reading How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?

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

Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob


photo by David Bone When I lived on the Upper West Side, I took the 79th Street crosstown bus to my office on Fifth Avenue. I had many choices of transportation, but I favored the M79 particularly because if I took this bus from Columbus Avenue at around eight o’clock in the morning, I’d have … Continue reading Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob