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The Many Meanings of Success

When I’m not running a communications company and/or working on Las Vegas novels, I do a little writing consulting in my spare time. In fact, the only thing I like better than writing is talking about writing. So it makes sense. About 20 percent of what I discuss with my writing clients involves technical problems…

The Lost Chapter (and a Brief Journey into the Subconscious)

While working on the first draft of my new Las Vegas ghost novel, The House Always Wins, (release date: Oct. 1, 2017), I experienced every author’s worst nightmare: I lost a chapter. After breaking out into flop sweat, hyperventilating to the point of hallucinations, pacing the room like a death row inmate, and kicking a…

Corn Flakes Don’t Make Me Happy

Here’s a short story I wrote based loosely on my favorite uncle’s trip to Las Vegas a few years back.   “Hello, Mitch,” said the deep voice on the phone. “It’s Cousin Larry.” My stomach tightened. Whenever Larry from Detroit calls, it’s bad news. “What’s up, Cuz?” I asked, trying to sound casual. “How’s Uncle…

Be Grateful

Here’s a short story I wrote last year after attending a motivational seminar against my better judgment. Hope you enjoy it. BE GRATEFUL FINAL

Reflections on 60

I turn 60 in less than a week. As you might expect, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. Here’s what I’ve come up with: It happens fast – My dad told me this many years ago and he was righ It’s like your car’s gas tank; the first half takes forever to go…

Relationship Lessons from “Lost in Translation”

I just watched “Lost in Translation” for only the second time since its release in 2003 and it occurred to me that the film contains relationship lessons that can serve my grandson well when he gets a little older. Aaron is almost 13 and, although he’s a handsome lad (if I can indulge in some…

Ten Books That Have Stayed with Me

Recently a thread has been bumping around on social media called “Ten Books that Have Stayed with You.” This doesn’t necessarily refer to the ten greatest books you’ve ever read, but more to the ones you think about from time to time, the ones that have become part of who you are. With that in…

Chapter 1

On Sunday night I woke up pretty much once an hour to check my alarm. Funny how your brain won’t let you get a good night’s sleep when you have a big day in store. Of course, I finally fell into a deep slumber about thirty minutes before the piercing bleet-bleet-bleet managed to work its…

A New Beginning

“Begin Again,” my favorite movie of this young summer, tells the story of a down-and-out record company exec (Mark Ruffalo), an up-and coming free spirit singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) and a breakout rock star who looks and sounds an awful lot like Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. It’s a solid follow-up to writer/director John Carney’s debut effort,…
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