Teacher Man

Author: Frank McCourt

Publisher: Scribner (2005)

Frank McCourt’s third memoir, following ‘Tis, was about the years he spent as an English and Creative Writing teacher. The schools he taught at were: McKee Vocational and Technical School on Staten Island, Seward Park High School, New York Community College in Brooklyn, and Stuyvesant High School.

The book is sectioned off based on the places he taught at in order from McKee and ending with Stuyvesant. Continue reading “Teacher Man”


Writing Workshop – Summer Cycle

Tuesday night I attended the last class in the summer cycle of my writing workshop. One person was not present for critiquing (which makes me wonder, real time conflict or resistance to listening to criticism? But I digress) and the other person was. I must say I have never delved so much into another person’s […]

Smith Street Stage Presents Romeo and Juliet in Carroll Park

This Friday, I had the privilege of witnessing live theater in it’s truest form: in Brooklyn’s Carroll Park in the Carroll Gardens section.

I learned about this play because a friend of mine portrays a few characters throughout and I thought, “It’s free. Why not?”

Upon arrival at the park, I was quite confused because the park wasn’t huge or even pretty like Central Park’s Delacourte Theater where Shakespeare in the Park takes place. There wasn’t even a stage!  A towering bronze 1920 World War I Soldier and Sailors monument was surrounded by a playground where kids were flouncing and running around.

Continue reading “Smith Street Stage Presents Romeo and Juliet in Carroll Park”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Author: Haruki Murakami Published by: Vintage International (2009) Murakami has run marathons for about twenty years and this book are his musings during marathon training. He seamlessly discusses the life of a writer and how running every morning aids his writing process. When a writer friend suggested this book to me, I said to myself, […]


According to the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (1996), an idiom is a group of words established by usage and having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.

I will never forget the first time I learned about idioms. I was in the third grade and our homework assignment was to figure out a group of phrases that were completely alien to me. Continue reading “Idioms”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author: Rebecca Skloot

Published by: Crown Publishers (2010)

Henrietta Lacks, born in Virginia, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. She was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital where a sample of her cancer cells were taken for testing without her knowledge. After she died, her cancer cells multiplied and scientists were able to use her cells for curing diseases all over the world. Continue reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Publishing Your Own Book – Advice from SARK

I discovered SARK three years ago and fell in love with her books that allow you to be yourself and own who you are. I stumbled upon her website and had to share her publishing advice. It’s simple and inspiring; hope ya’ll enjoy and check out her work. She’s fabulous. SARK’S PUBLISHING ADVICEPlanet Sark Dear […]