Author’s Thoughts

Message for You Right to Lifers

You say you oppose abortion even in cases of rape, incest and even if the mother’s life is in danger. You say you are being compassionate and religiously pure. You think you are being good and faithful followers of God’s law because you value human life …but you’re wrong about that. You are in fact making a value judgement. You are determining that the life of a fetus the size of a cashew nut is more valuable than that of the mother, a mother who may be a 14 year old child or an impoverished mother of 4. In any event without fully seeing, perceiving or evaluating each of those situations you are making uninformed decisions that have the power to destroy the lives of thousands of women and those who love them.

Have you Right to Lifers ever paused to think about the act of rape? It’s ugly. It’s a horrible act that one human being inflicts on another. What would it be like to be raped, wounded, traumatized, terrified, injured, beaten, or bloodied by your parent, uncle, brother, or a stranger?



Aren’t you glad they care?

Reflecting on the Republican debate, I was astonished to realize how all those ‘right to life’ candidates care about ‘the value of human life’. “All life matters!” they declared! “I value life, even the life of unborn fetuses!” and so forth.

Isn’t it great that there are so many humane, caring candidates?

But, hang on a second, let me get something clear:

Do you care about the fetus just when it’s a fetus or throughout its life?

Is there a point in time when you ‘life lovers’ cease to care about those ‘valuable lives’ you’re insisting be born?

Do you care about them after they are born, abandoned and scooped up by under-funded foster care programs or after they are taken home to an impoverished, unloving home where they weren’t welcomed in the first place? Do you care if they scream from hunger or die from Failure to Thrive?



A Warm Welcome to our Guest Poet

You may have noticed that poet extraordinaire, Usha Srinivasan, has made a guest appearance on our website. Her remarkable poem “Trump is a Chump” is the perfect accompaniment to our blog entitled The Ugly American on Steroids

In both our discussions and writings, we discovered that we share many beliefs, ideas and feelings and that our work can be mutually enriching. Originally from India, Usha has graced us with her passionate poetry, which reveals her unique perspective along with the unhampered courage to speak her mind. We are grateful to call Usha a friend and appreciate her giving us permission to include some of her work on our site.

Look for her bio and more of her spectacular work, possibly accompanied by my own commentary. More exciting, challenging material is yet to come so keep checking back to see what we have in store for you!


The Ugly American on Steroids!

Trump is a chump,
He is one more useless hump
on the back of the overloaded
Republican elephant,
He confronts,
he’s strident,
he’s belligerent
and abhorrent,
he’s pompous
thinks he’s splendid,
he’s raucous,
and disgruntled.

He says he loves Mexico,
even as he rants with his hash tags,
that Mexicans are the problem–
weighted down by his bigot bag–
he has a long line up
of places that give him ulcers–
It flames his propaganda–

He could easily loathe its panda,
He promises confrontation,
For the sins of the communist nation,
He promises trade imbalances will be gone
in the relation,
If he were president,
If he were president,
All will be right with the USA,
Number one will be USA,
Proud will be USA,
Back to its glory days,
Ruler of the Earth,
a new and shiny birth,
Iran on the hook,
A noose for every crook,
If he were president…

BUT the backlash O the backlash,

he’s drowning in the backlash,
NOW–watch him slowly backtrack–
Mexican food is to die for,
Mexican girls are curvaceous,
Mexican bulls are bodacious,
Mexican beaches are delicious
and Mexican writers are audacious–

Trump is a chump,
overplaying his favorite cards
he’ll be hoisted by his own petard.

By Usha Srinivasan

If you’ve watched or read anything about the hoard of candidates scrambling for the Republican Presidential nomination you may have noticed a particularly obnoxious, egocentric bully elbowing fellow running-mates off center stage. With nothing more than a big mouth, a bizarre comb-over and a monstrous accumulation of wealth, the man has catapulted himself into the limelight. The Donald, as he likes to be called, overflows with unsubstantiated, extremist opinions and an exceptionally nasty, no-holds barred assortment of pejorative, combative, denigrating statements he uses to punish anyone who questions his superiority and dares not to bow down before his supreme ‘majestic-ness. With inflammatory rhetoric designed to instigate red-state riots, this narcissist substitutes knee-jerk reactions for informed resolutions and hot air for reasonable solutions.



We’re Branching Out!

We’re stretching beyond the world of writing and narrating into another longtime love of mine: animals. We’ll be devoting some space, time and attention on each of our sites to help re-home cats, dogs and whatever abandoned creatures we encounter.

Please look for our “I need a home” corner and support our efforts to help homeless animals find new, loving forever homes. Thank you for helping and for spreading the word…


And Here’s Ari!

Ari Ben Aviv is the first character you meet in Seeing Double, as he enters Elisabeth Reinhardt’s office. He’s strikingly handsome, tentative and in mortal danger. From the first encounter, Ari is not what he seems to be and the uncertainty about his reality follows the character deep into the book, until his situation changes and the truth about him becomes clearer. Brilliant, and rather bookish, this character evolves in critical, unexpected ways as he ultimately holds the course of world history in his capable, though ambivalent, hands.


Home-grown or Otherwise

We are inundated these days with the word ‘Terrorist.’ Every day, there are dozens of news reports about terrorists striking out for whatever vague, personal, political, racial, cultural or psychotic motive they constructed. When I was a child, back many years ago, we never heard about terrorists. The random lone shooter who entered a church or movie theater or hid on a rooftop with a long range rifle was unheard of. Yes, of course, there was the occasional murdered wife or the occasional bar fight and, of course, gang violence and organized crime existed, but that mostly happened in big cities and was based on money and power, that are, somehow, more easily understood motivations, though no less abhorrent, than the senseless, seemingly random acts of violence that haunt us today.

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Let Me Introduce…Hadara Eliat

In my next book, Seeing Double, you will meet Hadara Eliat, a strong, intelligent, courageous, intriguing character who will play a major role in her ongoing series ‘The Olive Branch.’ This series, based in the Middle East, stretches across the world, highlighting a myriad of international covert entanglements. Living as she does in a part of the world where political and cultural tensions broil incessantly, she remains calmly focused. Managing her mysterious personal life, however, poses a few challenges.

Hadara is a woman who, like Elisabeth Reinhardt, is guided by a vibrant set of principles and beliefs. She is a loving wife and mother, as well as a high powered, aggressive Mossad agent, dual roles that may conflict, dovetail and ultimately converge. Reading Seeing Double you will see how the power of this character radiates outward impacting and influencing the course of unfolding events in a most explosive part of the world.



Don’t any advertising folks understand the concept of Too Much Information??

Not only have we, the TV watching public, had to suffer through ad after ad about ‘painful intercourse’ or ‘impotence’ as we watch middle- aged women parading around in flowing blue dresses ready to grab the first unsuspecting male who crosses her path, but we also have to hear about creams and lotions designed to enhance mutual pleasure, perhaps the solution to those other two problems. Then there are the non-sexual body part ads that bombard us with issues surrounding elimination. As if ‘over-active bladder’ ads (aka wet panties) weren’t enough, we have to endure graphic, though thankfully not explicit, representations of bowel movements, colorfully depicted as pink and blue blocks gliding happily through a winding tunnel. And since these ads enhance Big Pharma’s overflowing revenue boxes, ad companies just keep churning them out as the general public races to buy special adult diaper pants, little blue pills, creams and gels, yogurts and drink additives that assure us our internal body parts will operate perfectly.



Rajah Comes to Bel Air

My short story “The Present” written about my first Siamese Rajah, has been published in The Gunpowder Review 2015 a literary magazine featuring women writers in Maryland. Authors will be reading their work at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air on June 14th at 2:00PM. The Barnes & Noble is located at Marketplace Drive in the Tollgate Plaza Shopping Center in Bel Air, MD.

So if you’re looking for an afternoon adventure of fun and frolic, if you’re looking for a chance to listen to stories, see some neat photos and artwork and browse through a bookstore, this may be the perfect way to spend your day. 

Join us at the Barnes and Noble on June 14th.  I’d love to see you!


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