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A Valentine Story

As a junior in high school, without realizing it, my hormones were asserting themselves…peach fuzz on my chin and red blotches all over my fifteen year old face. I liked girls. I liked the way they looked, moved, talked, smelled…everything.

Posted in Beginnings, Holidays

Oh to Be King: A Christmas Memory

I was six years old and was looking forward to this Christmas because I had personally asked Santa for a special black onyx marble that was all I needed to become the world’s best marble shooter. I knew I would

Posted in Holidays, Short Stories, Writing Life

A Civil War Thanksgiving: Recipes from Miss Leslie’s Complete Cookery

“Every one knows that “the” event of Thanksgiving Day is the Thanksgiving dinner. And it is right and reasonable that it should be thus. For a good dinner is the crowning achievement of every home. It strikes a chord to

Posted in Holidays

The San Francisco Review of Books takes a look at Scarred

Book Review: ‘Scarred’ by Michael Kenneth Smith Author and master storyteller Michael Kenneth Smith trained as a mechanical engineer, owned and operated a successful auto parts business, and after twenty years, retired to fish, golf, cook, playing bridge, and become

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August 19, 2017: #SaturdayScene

This week’s #SaturdayScene features Caitlin Hamilton Summie’s To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts of which Peter Geye (Wintering) noted, “If you’re a fan of Grace Paley or Ann Beattie or Tobias Wolfe, you’ll surely find something to love in these pages.” 

Posted in #SaturdayScene, Excerpts, Guest Appearances

August 12, 2017: #SaturdayScene

This week’s #SaturdayScene features The Language of Trees by Steve Wiegenstein. The inhabitants of Daybreak, a quiet 19th-century utopian community, are courted by a powerful lumber and mining trust and must search their souls as the lure of sudden wealth tests age-old

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July 22, 2017: #SaturdayScene

This week’s #SaturdayScene is a continuation of last week’s excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad—the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help

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July 15, 2017: #SaturdayScene

“Illuminating . . . an invaluable addition to our history.” – Kevin Baker, New York Times Book Review “[A] detailed narrative . . . infused with the spirit of freedom.”—Bruce Watson, San Francisco Chronicle “Riveting . . . a visceral chronicle of defiance

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July 8, 2017: #SaturdayScene

New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson (Dead Wake) called it “A rip-roaring saga of hair-breadth escape, espionage, and resistance.” Being Nixon‘s Evan Thomas notes “Lynne Olson is a master storyteller.” I could not agree more with either of these gentlemen,

Posted in #SaturdayScene, Excerpts, Guest Appearances

June 24, 2017: #SaturdayScene

This week’s #SaturdayScene showcases author Mary Carlomagno’s debut novel, BEST FRIEND FOR HIRE. Jersey Girl Jessie DeSalvo has her dream job at one of New York’s top publishing companies. After ten years of hard work the day of her big promotion

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