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June 29, 2018

Whether you are on the left or the right of the political spectrum--you feel it:  Tension.  Anger. Frustration. Social fatigue. Animosity. Hostility. Name calling. Blaming. Helplessness.  So many of my friends on both sides are exhibiting symptoms of a country in crisi...

May 22, 2018

It has been an exciting journey reading my own work.  As a matter of fact, more like an out-of-the-body experience reading my own words out loud and reliving those experiences as the writer, the narrator and the editor.  This new version of Chiseled has taken twice the...

January 17, 2016

It was the house my grandfather built, the house where my father was born, and which stood in the center of the village like a beacon of hope. It survived the Nazis who stole all the furnishings, and the food, and then the Russians who took everything else, the plumbin...

October 31, 2015


If you read my memoir, Chiseled, you were introduced to my brave-hearted mother, Patricia.  She was a lover of plants and animals and all things living and non-living including rocks, beautiful stones, fallen autumn leaves, and wind-swept wood washed up on beaches. Sh...

August 22, 2015

It's not hard to see why Donald Trump is a hero to some people.  He is stirring up the muck from this country's sense of malaise.  People are sick of ineffectual government, a growing oligarchy of the rich dominating political decisions in favor of the rich, promises m...

July 29, 2015

Recently, I was asked by a devout Christian if I still held the same views about gay marriage as I did when I wrote my book, Dear Danuta while working at the Christian Broadcast Network.  In that book of advice I warned that the Bible was "filled with warnings" against...

July 22, 2015

Everyone is Chiseled. We emerge as the people we are by the sharp-edged tools of a sculpted life --the close calls, the sharp pains, the tricks and cheats that make life  unfair, the highs and lows--we become formed by these inevitable forces.  But that does not mean w...

July 6, 2015

The Christian Broadcast Network posted this news article today citing Aaaran and Melissa Klein's refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and the Oregon Labor Commission's decision to fine them $135,00 and a cease and desist order not to discriminate further...

June 28, 2015

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize the union of two committed people is a law whose time has come--for some, it is way past time.  With a supermajority of 63%,  Americans support the freedom to marry as a constitutional right for gay couples.  But, as with any ch...

June 20, 2015

Nine people shot dead in a church in Charleston.  Fingers pointing, analysts trying to figure it out. This wasn't the Taliban. Wasn't Isis. This wasn't the act of terrorists in foreign lands.  This was home-grown American racism.  The violence we face in America, again...

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