Category Archives: Books

Did You Know?

A U.S. President’s State of the Union Address was always read by a court clerk rather than the man himself, until Woodrow Wilson took the helm in 1913. Thomas Jefferson, who didn’t much care for public speaking, installed the rule, … Continue reading

Posted in animals, Books, Culture, History, humanity, humor, inspiration, Politics, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 31 Comments

So Long Pete

Pete Hamill died on Wednesday at the impressive age of 85. He was everything I wanted to be as a writer: brave, passionate, prolific and humble, when people called out his name. I remember meeting him on Astor Place right … Continue reading

Posted in Books, creative writing, Culture, grace, Gratitude, Health, History, humanity, inspiration, Love, media, New York City, parents, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 17 Comments

Meat and Potato Men

I’m referring to an old-fashioned type of male you don’t see so much anymore. The man who steps up, no matter what. The fella who faces the bully, chases the bad guy, who runs into the burning building to save … Continue reading

Posted in Books, creative writing, Culture, Faith, Family, grace, History, Home, humanity, inspiration, Love, men, Women and men, words, writing | Tagged , , , | 47 Comments

The Big Bang

This piece concerns three men: John Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer, the latter, the former Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo’s disgraced predecessor, who in 2008, stepped down due to his inappropriate sexual conduct rivaling the Marquis de Sade’s. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Culture, History, humanity, men, Politics, readng, Women and men, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 56 Comments

Those Wacky Presidents Part Three

It’s interesting what stays with you when you read, our noble list of leaders lingering like after dinner mints. Let’s begin with the short of it… James Madison, being only 5’4 weighing less that 100 pounds. Must have been like … Continue reading

Posted in alcohol, Books, creative writing, Culture, History, humanity, humor, inspiration, men, Politics, readng, words, writing | Tagged , , , | 73 Comments

Mewling…A Cry and a Whimper

I use the word mewl a lot when I’m upset over something. Finally, a friend asked, what the hell does mewl mean exactly? Sometimes my affair with language gets out of hand, without me realizing I may sound slightly smug … Continue reading

Posted in Books, creative writing, inspiration, words, writing | Tagged , , , | 37 Comments

Tip of the Iceberg

To get off the subject of the apocalypse for a minute, I found myself chatting with King Midget about books. He’s reading the new Erik Larson on Churchill. I had said, I loved his book, Devil in the White City, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, creative writing, Culture, History, humor, inspiration, money, travel, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 77 Comments

Those Iconic Steps

It’s no secret I love Kurt Vonnegut, and feel as if we’re forever friends. Sometimes we discuss things, especially writing dilemmas. But he’s pretty good with life’s problems too, like when my feelings get hurt by some random shun. He … Continue reading

Posted in animals, Books, friendship, grace, History, humanity, inspiration, New York City, readng, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 64 Comments

Writing Is An Art

I’ve often compared writing to having a child you cherish and protect, the way a bear defends her cub. An art, according to Webster, is a skill doing a specified thing, improved through practice. It’s personal, no matter the packaging, … Continue reading

Posted in art, Books, creative writing, grace, Health, History, humanity, inspiration, internet, media, war, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 55 Comments

Susannah’s Spring, Summer Reading List…2020

This past winter, instead of non-fiction, I read mostly novels. To say I’m impressed with an author’s imagination, is an understatement. Where do they come from, these woven tales to make the reader’s own imagination dance with possibility? Hemingway said, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, creative writing, Culture, inspiration, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 73 Comments