LEAPFROG Outtakes

  One of the benefits of self-publishing is that I can go back into my published book at any time and make it better. And, given my propensity to tweak, I have been doing that with LEAPFROG, the book that … Read More

Weltschmerz

Do you remember Thirty Days to A More Powerful Vocabulary?      This tiny book was part of our curriculum in sixth grade (thank you New Jersey public schools). From a mere fifteen minutes a day, it promised, we could … Read More

First World Problems: A Return

Gentle reminder: I’m out of the country, due to return in one more week. I’m posting a few of my old favorites. This one is from 2015.   First published on December 2, 2015   Last spring on a visit … Read More

LEAPFROG is here!

It’s been a long gestation, longer than you’d expect for such a small book.  But it’s finally here — sort of — and  you, my readers, were a big part of it (you’re in the Acknowledgments). I’m excited to announce … Read More

A New Look at Halloween: who loves it and why?

It’s Halloween, the time to celebrate death. ghosts, goblins, vampires, and zombies. It’s the time you get to be someone or something else. For me, it’s the holiday when costumed strangers show up uninvited and demand some form of extortion … Read More

A Look At Fake News

Fake news is nothing new. Fifty years ago this week, the world reeled with the news that Paul McCartney – the really cute Beatle – had died and been replaced with an imposter!  For those caught up in the Beatlemania … Read More

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