Reading is power…

A growing child needs a variety of foods to be strong and healthy; but they also require a varied reading diet to stimulate lifelong reading. A daily well- balanced reading diet may be designed using a menu with at least one serving of:

Fruits & Vegetables – Poetry

Soup – Current Events

Fish – Science/Nature

Meat – Biography/History

Dessert – Fiction

Milk – Sports/Hobbies

After-dinner mint – Comics

But what happens when reading does not go down as well as intended? Allow reading deficits to go on for too long and they can manifest into more than a dislike for reading. Not all readers are created equal but like the saying by Maimonides: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. The analogy is that offering reading strategies help readers become better readers.

So, if you want to help someone make sense of the world, give the gift of reading.

Lazy days of summer reading

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Being succinct is often more difficult than being lofty. This is the realm of the short story writer; for the task of such an author is to come full circle; to satiate with a satisfying balance of   beginning, middle, and end… all the while maintaining a full and open throttle…driving the plot in a degree that it sustains the interest of the reader while not diverging off course. Take no side trips, no matter how lovely a place they could lead you, for the short story is like the plane on a scheduled fight…we don’t wish the pilot to deviate from the flight plan.

And so I must confess that this blogger likes to read and write the short story even though it sometimes appears to have lost its momentum in the 21st century… yet I maintain that it is still alive and kicking…you just have to go and get them…

With summer upon us I wish to invite your to a pre-order The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works. (yes, it may be  shameful of me to promote my work to some…but we’re among friends!)

If you read on a device or like paperback, it will be in the wild on July 1st…Happy reading!

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Orphan in America

A signature is a common word we often use to mean personally signed name or mark. However, a signature can also represent something more; such as a musician’s “signature piece” or a chef’s “signature dish”. An artist signs a signature on their painting or photograph… but for the author, the work is sometimes the signature. For today’s blog I bring you my signature.

“Bringing back to the twenty-first century an epic novel of substance and style, Orphan in America is a compelling fiction that follows three generations across vast distances and the impact of a dark and unfamiliar episode of America’s past; the Orphan Train.”

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In the UK you can find it here!

In the USA you can find it here!

For those who still like the feel of a book in their hands...  UK find it here!      USA find it here!