For My Fiction

When I see authors on social media moaning over how their family doesn’t want read their books, I find I can only smile.

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A Black Day

October 12, 2015: A black day I’ll never forget.

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Church At The Weekends

It’s another Sunday here in Hertfordshire, England. We went to church last night. As we left, this post began to come to my mind. I’ve never been what my late mother used to call “crazy Catholic.” She wasn’t either; but she wasn’t really vocal about either her belief or disbelief. She accepted communion in the […]

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“But I can’t ‘unfriend’ a cousin?!”

Yesterday, I finally had enough. Three or four more appeared. I got so fed up with receiving Facebook email post notifications from a relation here in Britain that I went into the settings and turned them off. There is a general election scheduled for June 8, when the current prime minister’s party may be returned […]

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When You Experience Grief…

I lost an aunt a couple of weeks ago in New York. I’ve never mentioned her here. She was the widow of my other uncle – my mother’s and my novelist uncle’s younger brother. He died at 48 in early 1994. My aunt had been ill for a long time. I hadn’t seen her in […]

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The Widower

Yesterday, I was having what I had thought was an innocuous FaceTime with my father. There was our usual current discussion of the weather in his northeast Pennsylvania, and any snow – including what is up at our house in the Catskills. There was also the required exchange about what the new U.S. president is […]

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Life’s Turning Points

We take photographs now so throwaway casually. We may forget how even amongst all of those uncounted thousands – so many of which we simply delete – that there are those that may be extra-special. Some few may eventually develop a deeper resonance and longer-term poignancy for us. Probably you have something similar in your […]

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