When Words Don’t Come

It was in 2008 when I started on a nonfiction project about “Jewish Aviators in WWII.” It was published by a small press. I was quite proud of the book as it was based on first-person interviews with more than 100 veterans. The book became my purpose and my mission. The response to the interviews was usually positive, but sometimes whacky. In a case or two, there were relatives of the veterans who were so upset that they threatened legal action. One of the aggrieved was a motivational, “peace and love” speaker who was scared crap-less that her father was

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Are You Any Good?

“Judging others is easy because it distracts us from the responsibility of judging ourselves.” ― Charles F. Glassman, Author Her Name Was M — It has been so many years, decades in fact. I was living in Boulder, Colorado, trying to find a niche in the natural foods industry as a food broker, while at the same time continuing to write freelance. It was a difficult time. I didn’t like being a food broker but I didn’t quite know what else to do. You have heard the expression: “He didn’t have a pot to pee in?” That adequately describes my financial

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Marguerite Spent the Night

Where Did You Come From? It was more than three years ago when the small tortoise shell cat first appeared in our backyard. She was with another cat who has since disappeared. She was skittish, would not be touched, and got spooked by most anything. Her left ear was “tipped,” meaning that at some point in her life she was scooped up from the street, spayed, given injections and then dumped. However, while still under anesthesia, the technician cut a bit off her ear to show the world that my semi-feral cat could not reproduce. I have no idea if

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Update of My Social Media Profile

It has been a while since I have updated my profile on LinkedIn and other social media. I wanted to take the opportunity to do so on my website: After a successful career in marketing, marketing communications and new product development, I returned to my first love, my love of writing. Though I had written “freelance” for more than 30 years, it wasn’t until 2008 that I formally established Made Here Books LLC. My clients include nationally and internationally known keynote speakers and speaker agencies; executive leadership coaches; real estate professionals; sports ethics and business ethics consultants; consumer products companies

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Facing the Critique

My freelance writing business, Made Here Books LLC, has been in operation close to 12 years at this point. In that time, I have written for a broad-base of clients ranging from carpenters and mobile oil change services to internationally-known keynote speakers, business coaches and cyber-security experts. My clients have sought me out from all over the states, Canada, the U.K., Japan, China, Romania, Pakistan and Israel. For the most part, I have cared for all of them, even when they have been obnoxious and imperious. I understand it. It is their business and they are filled with the anxieties

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In the Air, Inside the Air

On September 11, 2001, at 8:00 a.m., I boarded a plane bound for Chicago with a continuing segment to Westchester. I was then working for a food ingredient manufacturer and I was calling on a new account. The job was another in a string of jobs that began and ended nowhere until I realized I was put on this earth to write. As the United Airlines flight was somewhere between Omaha and Chicago, the pilot got on the intercom and announced that the FAA had declared an air emergency. We were ordered down to the nearest airport, which happened to

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