The Family I Never Knew

All my life I was told by Grandma Regina that she lost her entire family in the Holocaust. Grandma, my mother’s mother, was from Warsaw. She escaped the slaughter by coming to the United States at the turn of the century. Before the Holocaust, in Poland, Jews were the...

The Task of Updating My Internet Research Presentation

My Internet research presentation was born in 2009 shortly after my book came out. It was related as Taking Aim was created out of intensive research for people and events 30 years earlier. It is not historical fiction as there is nothing fictional about it. It could...

How I became a journalist

I have never taken a course in journalism. Some would characterize my development as a news person as having been “organic.” What does that even mean? Well, I’ll just tell you my story and you can decide if it makes sense. Let me go way back to the beginning of my...

The Recurring Dilemma of Researching an Article

I’m in the middle of researching an article for Truthdig.com and I’m reflecting on the process and how not to get surprised when my research may take me to some unexpected places. And in particular, this story. I pitched a particular point of view and was sure I was...

Working from home? Not an option for everyone

Working from home? Not an option for everyone. There seem to be two schools regarding writing from home or in a coffee shop:  Works for some and not for all. I’m in the middle. I find office settings very conducive to getting work and writing accomplished. I also am...