My Upcoming High School Reunion: a Biggie

 Buffalo News–Opinion Page–September 5, 2014   High school reunion is eagerly anticipated (The piece below appeared on the op-ed page of The Buffalo News on Friday, Sept 5, 2014. Items #12 and 22 were edited. Below are my original 12

To Richie Smolev: In Loving Memory

Offerings: A Novel by Richard Smolev (Oct 15, 2012)   Dear Richie, I made my ALS ice bucket donation in your memory. I wish you were here so we could talk. In 2013, after our mutual friend told me about


Each spring, several months before we got on the bus to camp,  Uncle Lou, the owner/director of Tamakwa—the Big Beaver or Unca as we called him–sent out a ‘What to Bring’ list.  The first area before Clothing, Toiletries, Bedding, and

Hocean Thoughts

I’m on a porch in Napeague between Amagansett and Montauk, between a swim and walk and I’m staring at the hocean.  My Grandma Cohen who emigrated from Russia–“the old country”she called it– and spoke with an accent put an ‘h’

Tips, Exercises, and Classes

A longtime student in my Wednesday home group emailed saying that he cannot find the inspiration to write and wonders what to do.  I reminded him as I remind my students week after week when I’m in their faces that

29 Things about My Current Renovation Including Stuff about Grey

  It’s the bathroom It’s the tiles, medicine chest, lighting, sink, toilet, and paint I’ve been going steady with Benjamin Moore Our neighborhood paint store opens at 7:30 am.  Some days I greet the manager and first shift when they

4 Things to Remember

  I was a speaker at the Writer’s Digest Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC this past weekend.  In addition to offering my workshop and signing copies of my book, WRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, I networked, attended panel discussions,

The Winners are Leonard Cohen and John

The judges of the Sweet Summer Experience Contest I ran several weeks ago chose John’s entry. Here it is: 1960: first time driving a tractor, first time meeting the neighbor’s daughter, first kiss in a hay mow, first time in