Musings from ME

Introducing Musings from ME, my monthly-ish newsletter. Below you will find a mix of my latest published work; favorite personal essays from years past; book recommendations; good news about writer friends; and random thoughts on matters related to writing and reading.

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Check Out My Latest...

Take a dive into wildlife trafficking and worldwide conservation efforts and check out my recent stories for CONNECT magazine, published by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Click below to check out my article in the September 2019 issue of CONNECT.
Click below to check out my article in the October 2019 issue of CONNECT.
 

Halloween Musings

THEN:  My dad always chose a happy face for the jack-‘o-lantern. The neighborhood looked delightfully spooky with the streetlights on. We never went farther than a few blocks from home, but we always came back with a large collection of full-size candy bars. We stopped trick-or-treating after elementary school because we considered ourselves “too old for that.”
 
NOW:  Our street looks like the Halloween sections of Party City and Target exploded in every yard. Families from all parts of town start arriving at 5:30 so they can find parking and hit dozens of houses on 8 or 10 streets. Teenagers come in packs, thinking that a smear of fake blood constitutes a costume. And parents hold out their open pillowcases, not the least bit sheepish about joining their children for a dip into the candy bowl. We give everyone a single mini Twix or Milky Way, except for the tiniest, cutest trick-or-treaters. They get two.

My Friend, the Newly Published Author


I’m so happy to give a shout-out to Marshall Craig, who just published You’ll Need a Guide, a book of true fishing tales. His dry and self-deprecating sense of humor fills the pages of the book and is also showcased in his essays at https://craiglit.lifeTake a few minutes to enjoy “The Trout Whisperer” -- you don’t have to be a fisherperson (I’m not) to be amused by his take on the sport and the world in general

Essays in Progress …

Friends frequently ask when I’ll have new personal essays to share.  I’m always writing and pitching them, but not every pitch results in an acceptance from a publication. So if you’re an essay fan and you’ve already read the ones on the website, here’s a peek at an essay that’s in the works:

Tentative title: “Walking Miles in My Shoes.

My high heels have been sitting on the dining room table for several days. The somewhat worn, three-inch black suede pair with black satin ties; the three-inch ivory peep toes that remind me of Marilyn Monroe; and the three inch blue oxfords that I bought partly because I loved the cool factor of wearing blue suede shoes. They’re headed to the thrift store. But they’re so pretty. They make every outfit look better.  They turn me into someone who loves being 5’ 11 ½.  And they hurt like hell, so here’s my dilemma: if I decide that vanity will no longer keep me in pain-ridden style, will that be the first step down the slippery slope leading to orthopedic shoes with slits for bunions?