October 31, 2015

 

“What is an American doing here honoring a British nurse?”

The question took me by surprise. It was 2005. I was standing by the gravesite of Edith Cavell at the 90th memorial service honoring her at the Cathedral in Norwich where she is buried. A small group gathered a...

August 14, 2015

 My publisher never calls me unless it is as important as a call from Stephen Spielberg telling her he wants to make by book into a movie. She prefers to use email. So I was surprised to hear her voice when I picked up the phone. “You just won the Midwest Independent P...

June 19, 2015

 

“A book is not an art,” said the art director.

 

“Of course it is,” I protested.

 

She gave a sigh of impatience. “It can’t be juried like a picture so we it can’t let it be entered into the arts festival. It’s not a creative art.”

 

“Everyone who creates a picture, sculpto...

April 9, 2015

Trudy is a nurse who works in an in-patient psychiatric facility. During her shift, she was attacked twice from behind by a male professional kick-boxer. He also kicked a pregnant patient and attacked two of the other nurses. Trudy found them on the floor severely inju...

December 26, 2014

 

I recently was invited to a book club to discuss my book. I love visiting the book clubs because that’s where I hear directly from my readers and they get a chance to discuss their thoughts and questions with me. I’ve been to dozens of book clubs so I pretty much know...

November 21, 2014

 

It was mid October and time to travel to Norwich, England to join in ninety-ninth memorial at the Norwich Cathedral where Edith Cavell is buried. I settled in at the Maids Head, an old hotel near the Cathedral that was once called The Cavell House. It felt like an old...

September 13, 2014

How does that saying go? Something about lessons not learned in the past are doomed to be repeated? It’s happened again. Two American journalists were executed by a group of terrorists trying to build their own national status. Their excuse was to avenge the American a...

July 18, 2014

Spring doesn’t exist, as least not on Cape Cod, where I live. It’s a season of deception. I count the days to March 21,st the magical date that heralds the end of winter cold and the beginning of spring warmth. I stand over the bare ground in my garden and stare at the...

April 10, 2014

 

Every book presentation that I give is different. There are some presentations that are given to an audience who remains in a dead silence throughout the talk. They seem to feel it is undignified to show much emotion. I can usually loosen them up. There are other pres...

March 10, 2014

Have you ever found yourself in a place that seemed totally foreign to you? If you have, you know how unsettling it is. I found myself in this situation while attending nursing school. Although I was from Massachusetts, I followed a boyfriend to attend a university in...

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