My publisher has just added my novel, The Benefactor, to the Coming Soon section of their website. In the publishing world, “coming soon” means “in about a year.” My release date is January 22, 2010. Update: The release has been moved up to November 13, 2009. Benefactor – Coming Soon…

A forty-year-old woman sits looking at photos of a twenty-year-old woman. She thinks to herself how beautiful the younger woman is with her flawless skin, perfect shape, and healthy glow. She compares it to how she looks with her cellulite and excessive curves, some in the wrong places. She wrinkles her nose. A sixty-year-old woman…
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I was mostly a fearless kid. In fact, I can remember only two times I felt fearful—one dealing with deep water (still a fear to this day) and another when some kids threatened to kick my ass after school (I talked my way out of it). In all other matters I was a risk taker,…
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The Friday before Thanksgiving started like any other Friday. My husband went to get me a coffee and pick up a lottery ticket because as they say in New York, “you gotta be in it to win it.” Unfortunately, the lottery machine was down. That afternoon, we visited Jon’s fourth grade class for an Authors…
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October is right around the corner and thoughts of Nan are on my mind. For those of you who don’t know, Nan is my grandmother, Domenica Esposito, whom we called Nana Mickey. She passed away in October of 2000 and life hasn’t been quite the same without her. You may think you have a wonderful…
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Last night as I was chatting with my Inked-In friends, my husband came in to tell me some terrible news. The salesman from whom we had leased our car had been struck and killed while crossing the street to get a cup of coffee. Whew. It really threw me. We spent only five hours with…
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My mother always said “be careful what you put down on paper; you’re creating a lasting record.” I suppose it proves how much of a rebel I was that I became a writer. I’ll admit there are a few letters I wish I’d never sent and a few emails I wish I could recall. That’s…
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School starts tomorrow. The budget wasn’t passed and a class was eliminated in each grade, meaning class size is slightly larger this year. Apparently there won’t be a second to spare, not even to sharpen a pencil. So here I sit, sharpening 24 Ticonderoga #2 pencils, as per the official school supplies list. I suppose…
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[The facts in this post come from today’s edition of the New York Post.] The artist (not what I call him), Andres Serrano, who brought us Piss Christ, a crucifix thrown into a backlit jar of the artist’s urine, is back with a new exhibit. This time it’s “Shit: An Investigation.” Yes, you heard that…
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