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Your questions about remembering and forgetting and “re-creating” are ones that I’ve thought about too as I’ve worked through my poems and essays about my parents. An interviewer, Okla Elliot, once asked me the following question: “In Lightning and Ashes, you make use of what seems like direct family sources (such as the poem “A […]

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. ~Bertrand Russell by Khaled Tantawi, student, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt “Go home, we will run the country for you,” has been the tone of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, […]

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Last month, on September 25, I discussed my novel, To Kill the Other, on an author panel at the 2011 Baltimore Book Festival. The panel was sponsored by the CityLit Project of Baltimore. New Tork City publishing industry veteran and Local book blogger Celeste Sollod moderated the panel brilliantly, which also included novelists Stephen Gordon […]

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On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania we honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day and we remember those whose lives were changed forever because of that loss. The memories of the attacks are fresh and vivid for many — we remember […]

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A question of killing: Howard County author searches for an answer by Lisa Kawata Howard Magazine hit a record for social media activity with this article.  You can find the link: here.        

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It is 5:20 a.m. someday in the middle of summer when I am seven or eight; my sister is three years younger.  My sister and I are sitting in the kitchen, in our night gowns, on stools placed in the middle of the floor and facing the door. We are wide awake but we don’t […]

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The Wall Street Journal recently published an article, Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel, by Laura Meckler.  An interesting article on a burning issue sparked more than 1,100 comments. Here is the exchange I had with one of the readers. The spelling, grammar, and wording is the same as it appeared on the Wall Street […]

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In an eerie coincidence Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1st, the same day as the launch of my novel, To Kill the Other, which is based on the attacks of 9/11. The coincidence became the reason for people to contact me and ask questions. Here are my reflections: It’s hard to disagree with […]

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Yesterday I attended the CityLit Festival in Baltimore, just 20 minutes north of my home. The festival celebrates the literary arts in Baltimore, and was held at the beautiful and historic Enoch Pratt Central Library. Getting to the event required a drive through a soaking spring rain, but it was worth it. As I explain in the […]

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping […]

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