The Emergence of an Author Part 3

cover of Poets and Writers

When I first started to get into writing seriously in 2007, I discovered Writer’s Digest. Then I picked up a copy of The Writer and also Poets & Writers. I soon realized that reading back issues was just about as useful as reading current ones. I scoured the local library, reading years of past issues. […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 2

I knew I wanted to write professionally, but I was socially conditioned to believe that I’d be destined to fall into the category of starving artist: I was forced to work a number of day jobs.  Yes, I had had a variety of jobs getting through college. During high school, I worked construction and in […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 1

Loren catching a fish

My mother says I was one of those kids who was full of energy.  Somehow I couldn’t just sit still and play quietly for hours. I was either running to the pond for a quick swim or tearing through the house looking for my next adventure. We lived in a big old white house on […]

Death Comes One Day, So Really Live All the Rest

old grave stones

Death and Personal Loss In the last year, I have lost my paternal grandmother Walt at the age of 99, my great-aunt Virginia at the age of 100 with whom I shared a special bond as strong as with any of my grandparents, and my maternal grandmother Laura at 104, Virginia’s sister about a month […]

The Three Most Important Leadership Characteristics Learned from Great Leaders

Mandela statue

What makes a great leader? There are many components of leadership and various desirable attributes when it comes to leading men or women.  But what are the most vital to leadership? In this article, I will keep it simple as we will explore three of the most important traits as exhibited by great leaders. Having […]

Memorial Day

gravestones of soldiers

I remember, as a child, my parents taking me to Main Street in the little village of Sherman, NY every year to see old men marching in tight pea-green and ash-grey uniforms with rifles resting on their shoulders, but they were not what interested me about Memorial Day.   What excited me, were the pretty […]