Let's Discuss Sexual Harassment (Warning: Trigger Content)

Let's Discuss Sexual Harassment (Warning: Trigger Content)

I'm writing this to you right after the Harvey Weinstein news has broken and women from all around the world are sharing their #MeToo stories. On a personal level, I logged into my Facebook account and was flooded with women sharing their stories of being sexually harassed and assaulted. The number of women I knew who had spoken up shocked me. And that's a good thing.
 

What Memories Do You Cherish?

What Memories Do You Cherish?

I grew up in a row home in Philadelphia with my grandparents. But even with the lack of a backyard, I remember how my grandfather used a small plot of land in the back to teach me how to garden. In our back was concrete to park the car and a narrow 4' x 20' bit of dirt. It may not have been a lot, but that's where my grandfather taught me how to grow tomatoes, peppers and basil. 

A Reader's Guide to Great Books

A Reader's Guide to Great Books

I love reading. There are so many books out there these days and so little time. But that's a good thing! I'd rather have a tremendous amount of choice to go through than not enough. But there was a time that I only read one type of book. I loved fantasy and that was it. As a kid, I grew up on The Lord of the Rings and then Dungeons & Dragons. I loved elves, magic and wizards.

Ways to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Ways to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey


I've watched the news reports and I can't imagine the amount of rain that people in Texas and Louisiana have received from Hurricane Harvey. Back in 2011, my wife and I planned to take our kids to visit her cousins on the west coast. It was going to be our first big trip with the kids and we had saved up so that we could go. Several days before our trip Hurricane Irene reared its way toward us, and by the day we were supposed to leave, all flights were cancelled. I live more than 80 miles inland from the Atlantic ocean, but we were hit hard from the storm. We lost power for nearly three days, our basement was flooded and we had to rip up all the rugs, drag up the water logged rugs and eventually needed to rip out parts of the walls to treat the studs for mold, get french drains and go through rebuilding our basement. We only had a few inches of water in our basement.

Free Fiction: A Sister's Cry (Short Story Prequel to Ahab's Daughter: The Werewhale Saga)

Free Fiction: A Sister's Cry (Short Story Prequel to Ahab's Daughter: The Werewhale Saga)

Get ready for something different! My book Ahab's Daughter: The Werewhale Saga is available now on pre-order (launching September 12) and I wanted to share with you a story that's a prequel to the novel. You'll get some free fiction and it'll also give you a taste of what Ahab's Daughter is about. I hope you enjoy!

Why Do We Fear Change?

Why Do We Fear Change?

My wife handed me the phone and a wave of fear washed over me. My doctor was calling me back with the results of some blood tests. But it was Sunday night after 7 p.m. and I thought my doctor's calling me so late on a weekend couldn't be good. I went to take the phone from my wife and my head started spinning. What if I received bad news? I couldn't stop my racing thoughts and then my 10-year old daughter ran up to me to tell me something just as I said hello to my doctor. I shooed my daughter away and rushed into the downstairs bathroom to be able to hear my doctor.