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March, you bitch (and April)

The sun is shining with almost-spring gleeNot that distant ghost that looksGood but has no warmth The temperature is 34, I checkedPut on my bootsThe snow is disintegratingAnd dirty with sandWhat is that black stuff anyhowThe dog doesn’t care I put on my heavy winter coatThe one with the broken zipper placketAnd black streaks on … Continue reading March, you bitch (and April)

If I Test Negative for COVID-19, Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask and Social Distance?

Yes, Virginia, you still need to wear a mask. The day after I learned that Massachusetts was offering free COVID-19 testing at a location near me, I called and made an appointment. I drove to the site at the Lawrence General Hospital parking lot the next day, and less than five minutes later, after some … Continue reading If I Test Negative for COVID-19, Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask and Social Distance?

George Floyd Should Be Alive Today

George Floyd should be alive today. Perhaps he would be accused of allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase, but he would be alive. He is dead because a police officer knelt on his neck, choking off his air supply. Evidence says Mr. Floyd was held in a prone position with an … Continue reading George Floyd Should Be Alive Today


In my work as a ghostwriter, I meet a lot of wonderful people with interesting stories and lives. They inspire me, as does everything I read, hear, and see. Here, I share the thoughts and ideas that come to mind when I think about the people I meet, the stories I hear, and the experiences … Continue reading Notes

It’s About the Reader

In Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams, who plays the main character’s therapist, says to his old frenemy, “It’s not about you …it’s about the boy.” In writing nonfiction, it’s not about you. It’s about the reader. I like to consider readers first because they bring a lot to the reading process. You can produce a … Continue reading It’s About the Reader

What Authors Say about My Work

Writing a book takes tremendous effort. Ernest Hemingway is often quoted as saying that to write all you need do is sit at a typewriter and bleed. According to Steve Paul, writing at The Hemingway Society website, there is no substantive evidence that Hemingway is the source of that quote. I think most of the … Continue reading What Authors Say about My Work

How I Edit: Let’s Collaborate

I help authors write books by collaboratively editing their manuscripts. Some people call this developmental editing. However, when an author doesn't have the time or the writing skills, I do more of the heavy lifting. I bring a variety of techniques to my work, including developmental editing, line editing, rewriting, research, and ghostwriting. The way … Continue reading How I Edit: Let’s Collaborate