Cruising the Green of Second Avenue

Wild Child Publishing has issued the second volume of short stories in Cruising the Green of Second Avenue. The tales take up where Vol. I left off — bringing back Klein the Biker, Straight Charlie and Sammy the Madman while introducing new characters stumbling over life’s difficulties in the late 60s. Vol. II is an e-book published by Wild Child Publishing that you can download, save as a pdf (Adobe) file and print. Read both volumes and see that life isn't all that serious. Find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other online book sellers.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Million Here, a Million There

The figures are now in: Supporting a single soldier or Marine in Afghanistan costs a million bucks a year. Our school district recently asked everyone to dig into their pockets to maintain Manchester schools. The cost was two soldiers. Doctors Without Borders (USA) helps people in 60 countries—often risking their lives—through donations equivalent to 161 soldiers. Habitat for Humanity in New York City is building houses through benevolences that equate to ten soldiers.

Putting a price tag on education, health care and housing looks very different when they’re equated to expenses for military adventures. One is an investment; the other is an arbitrary expense. It’s the difference between a family separating its “needs” from its “wants.” Mine isn’t a question of where the money comes from. Just a moral awareness that an investment is better than a hazardous and costly expense.

It’s time to let the war makers know which is which.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Why Writing Groups?

One of my first recommendations to anyone who’s even half serious about writing fiction or non-fiction is to join a writing group. They’ve been enlightening, educational, enabling and informative. A few of my thoughts on the subject are now up on Flash Fiction Chronicles (, a new site of, by and for writers of all styles and interests. Drop on by and bookmark it. There’s new commentary every day or so.

Oh, and another value in writers’ group: Great friendships are forged.