First Loser?

Scout’s Honor was named as a Finalist in the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Anyone who follows soccer knows that when you’re named Finalist, you came in second. In the book world, “Finalist” is good! Great, actually. I am humbled and honored that my beloved debut novel, the only tangible thing that kept me present, … More First Loser?

Book Review – Tobacco Sun by Lorna Hollifield

Debut author Lorna Hollifield crafted a thoughtful and challenging southern tale with both the beauty and darkness residing within the North Carolina tobacco fields and the deep complexities hiding within the unbreakable bond of sisters. It is 1947, and Jimi-Lyn find herself as the ugly older sister left behind by her beautiful,  younger, pin-up model … More Book Review – Tobacco Sun by Lorna Hollifield

Book Review – Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by JM Sullivan

JM Sullivan’s debut, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, is a retelling of an obvious classic but with a modern, smart, witty spin. As a reader, I don’t normally read YA dystopian leaning series like this. So I am actually surprised how entertaining and engaging the entire book is, even to an old, decrepit teenager like me. … More Book Review – Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by JM Sullivan

47 Plus 2

Dear Eric, A friend of mine referred to your 49th birthday as “47 Plus 2.” It’s an interesting vantage point in which to view each February 3rd, all the February 3rds that you will never share with me. And I, with you. This is your second birthday absent from this life, and I can’t help … More 47 Plus 2

A Eulogy for Eric

I read this Eulogy for Eric at his Memorial Service at the Chapel Ridge Golf Club on October 5th, 2016. I hope that wherever he is, he saw that it was standing room only. His final resting place is in niche 1A-32C in the outdoor columbarium at the West Point Cemetery in West Point, New … More A Eulogy for Eric

The Big Writerly Lie

Writer’s Block. We’ve all heard of it and every writer has cried its hard knuckled claim on his or her writerly brain from time to time. Since November 2014, I have written two full length novels. One is published, and one is waiting to be published (waiting patiently…New Jersey-driver-on-the-Turnpike patiently….). While writing my second novel, … More The Big Writerly Lie

Half Ass Christmas

Last year, our first year without Eric, my girls and I traveled to New York City to hide among millions of people for Christmas. It was the right choice. I did not lift a finger. I did not put up one decoration. I did not bake one cookie. I didn’t care about anything but disappearing … More Half Ass Christmas