Musings from M.E.

Musings from M.E. is 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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Musings from ME


I have an eclectic selection of publications to share this month ….


Funds for Writers

It’s always fun to write about writing, and I’m proud to share my first appearance in Funds for Writers, C. Hope Clark’s website, which has been named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. The site has been enormously helpful to me over the years, and I hope my essay provides some good advice for other writers.


Connect, published by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Preventing Pandemics was the most unnerving story I’ve ever written for AZA.


Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop Blog

It’s so nice when a not-new piece finally finds a home among a great group of humor writers!
Check it out The Imaginary Invalid

Read My Friend, Marshall Craig

St. Pete residents will really appreciate this one!

Essay from the Archives

(Dad, Kevin, and newborn Patrick circa summer 1986)

This piece for The Arizona Republic marked our second Father’s Day without my Dad. 

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to my brother, Kevin, and his son, Patrick, the two McGinty dads who are carrying on the Pittsburgh spots-loving tradition.  

Read Everyone Grieves in Different Ways