Still Alice Book Cover and Lisa Genova

Emotions vs. Economics

Still Alice Lisa Genova In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, Alice Howland, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. Alice is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at…

White Oleander Book Cover and Author

Toxic Love

White Oleander Janet Fitch In creative writing workshops the first thing you learn is to “show instead of tell” your story.  This applies to character, setting, scene, etc., and author Janet Fitch’s novel, White Oleander, is my go-to book for examples in doing this.  She’s written a novel rich with sensory detail and prose so…

Verge

Verge Magazine

I found this wonderful online travel magazine or e-zine called Verge (not to be confused with the tech magazine of the same name).  Verge is published quarterly.  It switched to an entirely digital format in 2014.  I’ve posted some links to make it easy for anyone to check out their requirements for becoming a contributor; step one of course…

Hand Kiss

Foreward

The optimist:  I see Alzheimer’s has lifted any weight she bore in this life.  She is unfettered and living life in the here and now.  There is no past, no future worries on her mind–after all, worry is fretting over what might be.  The woman once propelled by a bit of useful OCD, kept a lovely, impeccably neat home; but she is now…

Somaya-Egypt's Revolution, 2011

An Alexandrian Imbaba

It really has little to do with what a place has to offer, and more to do with what you bring to and take from it; after all, everyone travels with baggage and picks up souvenirs along the way. I first visited Alexandria in 1993.  The locals called it Xandraia.  Phonetically pronounced: Scan-dray-a. I believe…