Devil in the Details

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized, Xoem

I’ve spoken previously about trying to write a Xoem® a day as part of my daily morning Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®  practice. One of the things I do by way of this practice is to explore the mind-body connection. A while back I jammed my fingers into the walls of my house three times in […]

And Simply Drinks

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Stories, Xoem

We all experience difficulty in our lives. I wrote this Xoem® as part of The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® process in the midst of pain. It reminded me that there is always another way of seeing things. And though I may not be able to change the pain itself, I can change my experience of […]

Happy National Poetry Month!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

April is National Poetry Month, which to me is wonderful because it brings the joys of poetry into more people’s awareness and experience. For me reading as well as writing poetry has been a daily lifelong practice. From the time I wrote my first poem at the age of eight, poetry has been my primary […]

“A World to Light:” Pointilla’s song from Mindel and the Misfit Dragons

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

On Sunday March 26th I had the pleasure of hearing the LA Valley Girls’ Choir sing the song “A World to Light” for which I wrote the lyrics, adapted from my book Mindel and the Misfit Dragons. It comes from the plea of the dragoness Pointilla to her parents that she must leave home now because she […]

Lily of the Valley is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Stories

I have some very special news to share: My book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, has been named a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in the Religious (Adult Fiction) category for 2016! As many of you know, this story touches something deep inside of me, and it is […]

Lily’s First Anniversary

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Journal, Stories

  This month, March 2017, marks the first anniversary of the publication of my verse novella, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey. This, as many of you know, is the story of five generations of American Jewish women and the resilience, faith and American Dream they all share. I would like to take this opportunity […]

Introducing the Xoem®

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Journal, Stories, Xoem

What exactly is a Xoem®? I wrote a pamphlet called, “A Xoem a Day Keeps the Spirit in Play”, and I do try to write one a day. It’s a unique, six-line, circular-shaped verse form which I developed and love to use as part of my intuitive morning writing process. It can be composed on […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Journal, Stories

The author of The Cat in the Hat and so many other beloved children’s books was born on March 2nd, 1904 and died on September 24th, 1991. His full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, but he adopted Dr. Seuss as his pen name because it was his mother’s maiden name and apparently she had wanted […]

The Angel of Santa Monica

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Stories

Back in September I began a series of stories expressing my gratitude to people I knew only briefly but who in retrospect had a tremendous influence on my life. Today I write about a third, whom I met only once and whose name I never knew. My encounter with him was wholly unexpected and even […]

What I’ve Been Up to Lately

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

Dear Reader, Many of you have been asking what I’ve been up to lately and I’m thrilled that as 2017 gets underway, I do have exciting news to share! I’ve just sent my newest book off to the printer! It’s called The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®—Seven Steps to Your Personal Gold and will be published […]