My Short Story, Mama, is now Available

Mama, appears in the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection … and the book has hit the stands. Of the more than 5,200 entries,  Mama placed 15th. The book is currently on sale for 50% off retail price if you purchase it from the Writer’s Digest website by

IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2017

As a freelance writer, I research many subjects for both my fiction and nonfiction. Recently, during the research phase of a project for an educational text on identity theft, I learned that fraudulent tax preparers are among the “Dirty Dozen” of IRS tax scams for this year. Who’d have guessed?

And the winner is…

Me! No, I didn’t win first prize, but I placed 16 out of 25, so my short story, “Mama,” will be published in the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. Each year, Writer’s Digest sponsors a variety of writing competitions, the winners of which win cash prizes

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It is time for her to stand up and claim herself. She must now bring forth from beneath that bushel basket The wonders she has kept hidden for fear they’d be snatched away.   She will collect the many griefs and burdens And surrender them in exchange for Solace in

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Our first amendment rights not only allow US the freedom of speech, they allow OTHERS the same right. Why do we become so hateful when we hear things we don’t like? Each of us is entitled to have our own beliefs and give voice to them. If I don’t agree

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