Chester to the Rescue

I have been studying Italian with a teacher in Rome for several years. As a homework assignment my teacher asked me to write a story about one of my pets. I wrote my first story in Italian and was quite … more

See You at the Spotty Dog!

As a resident of Hudson, New York, I had an opportunity to post a shot-out article on Medium about our beloved local bookstore, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale. I hope you’ll enjoy the story of how we ended … more

Spotty Dog bookstore, Hudson, NY

The Memoir Time Machine

In the years since I published a memoir about my husband’s sudden death and the discoveries of infidelity that followed, I’ve received emails from readers who want to be sure that my life has turned out alright. They ask about … more

Calvin and Hobbes cartoon

On the Edge of Seventeen

I hear her. But I try to ignore that she just spoke my name. I should get my ass up from the dinner table where she and I are seated in front of empty plates and head to my room … more

Their First Night as Anna and Julius

In a photograph that does not exist, taken after the wedding ceremony on Schopenauer Strasse, Julius and Anna are in a private compartment aboard the night train to Trieste. From there they will travel onward to Cesenatico, an Italian resort town just south of Venice. more
"Eva and Eve" book cover art

A Daughter’s Inheritance

It’s early November 1992, and my mother, Eve, is engaged in a fierce battle by airmail with government bureaucrats in Vienna, the city that was once her home. She is on fire, fueled by a reserve of outrage decades in the making. The target of her wrath is one Dr. Wetscherek. more
A Daughter's Inheritance


“Instructions” from The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure. Edited by Larry Smith. Harper Perennial, 2012


Book Jacker for Six-Word Memoirs

Classic Six.

from The House That Made Me: Writers Reflect on the Places and People that Defined Them. Edited by Grant Jarrett. Spark Press, 2016


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