Commentary

We all have a stake in making a difference

(This is an updated commentary from my podcast, "One Mother's Voice: In the Name of Justice." Nonetheless, the message is still relevant and underlies my criminal justice advocacy.) I thought that dealing with the stress of having an incarcerated loved one would end with the death of my son in prison, so many years ago. It did… Continue reading We all have a stake in making a difference

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Tips for Writers

Designate a writing space to promote creativity and productivity

Just as my granddaughter spends lots of money on shoes and gear that increase her running safety and efficiency, having a designated writing space can promote your creativity and productivity. Whether that space is in a corner of your bedroom or in a separate room, surround yourself with the tools of your trade: files, notebooks,… Continue reading Designate a writing space to promote creativity and productivity

Tips for Writers

Rejection is tough so get tougher

As an editor for several New York City magazines and newspapers, I worked with many fine staff writers. Most of my dealings with them were mutually respectful. The best of them accepted my editorial suggestions yet, if necessary, could defend their choices without rancor. On the other hand, some freelance writers would bristle with indignation… Continue reading Rejection is tough so get tougher