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Do Fiction Writers have an Obligation to Society?

As I write this, I ask myself if this has any validity. Do fiction writers have an obligation and responsibility to society and humankind? I’m referring to when writers create stories about atrocities which are not documented in history, but conjured and invented with all of its repugnant detail, by the author. A Huffington Post […]

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Advice Martha Stewart Gave Me On Living and Lemons

I have a confession to make. Years ago, I was semi-obsessed with Martha Stewart. “Semi” in that while I did drive past her Connecticut farmhouse, I didn’t peer through her windows with binoculars (forgot them at home) to see if her magazine living room was in fact her real living room. I did collect every paint […]

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My Six Days on Broadway: Crossed by a Golightly Cat

I really needed the work, otherwise, trust me, I wouldn’t have taken a job as a personal assistant to a cat. Not even if it’s starring in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway. First of all, I’m deathly allergic−within twenty minutes of being around a cat, my eyelids will look like cheese doodles. I’m teary, puffy and […]

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Writer Separation Anxiety: A Portrait

It’s time we admit that Writer Separation Anxiety is a bona fide disorder. I’m not ashamed to say I have it, maybe others will come forward. Remember, there is strength in numbers. It may not afflict the majority of writers, but that doesn’t make us freaks. Why do you think there are so many sequel writers? It’s true […]

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Fashion Designers Microbe-Manage NY Fashion Week

It’s hard to believe, but the same folks who’ve instigated fashion induced bunions, sciatica, sprained ankles, deep vein thrombosis, acid reflux, yeast infections and constipation, have concocted ways to avert colds and flu during NY Fashion Week crunch time. The fashion industry might’ve been in typical panic mode, but this year the  Fall Collections were […]

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The Books You’re Fated to Read

It is that very particular exhilarating feeling, when you find a book so scrumptious and exotic you open it with a whisper and close it with a sigh. You’ve found this book through no one’s urging or description or advertising. You wandered alone, woozy in towering aisles with books stacked up to another altitude, on […]

Got Multiples? Baby Names for a Brood

Got Multiples? Baby Names for a Brood

Practically every time I turn on the computer, I see this headline: “Hottest Baby Names for 2013.” I could’ve used that fourteen years ago when I was pregnant with my first. I knew for nine whole months that a baby would be coming at the end of it, sufficient enough time to figure out a […]

I am Not a Hoarder

I am Not a Hoarder

Not until I hit my forties did I start thinking about my senior years and the person I’d become. Actually, there was one time before, when I took a theater makeup course in college. For our midterm exam we had to transform our face into the eighty-year-old version of ourselves. That was sobering. After I […]

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Let the Storms Come

The wind’s fury can lash bruises across my skin. Uproot my soul. Lightening can pierce a chasm through my heart, as thunder deafens promises. The rains pelt my resolve and flood my eyes. Watch my bearings rattle as the earth crumbles under foot. An avalanche can bury me. The light is snuffed but I’m not […]

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