The fun began on Friday night at a cocktail party; at 1o a.m. on Saturday morning, it was early and still chilly for our outdoor panel discussion on the memoir. Despite the nippy weather, we had a great moderator in Mary Ellen Howard (on left), who asked probing questions. The audience was mixed in age […]
Today we commemorate the thousands of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. Also of note, 226 years ago today, on September 11, 1789 President George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. With so many current concerns, why should we care about something that happened 226 years ago […]
On Sunday September 28th, from 2-4 p.m., try to stop by the Missouri History Museum at 5700 Lindell Blvd (at DeBalivere) St. Louis, MO in beautiful Forest Park. A few of us will briefly speak about our books or experiences as writers. I will explain what inspired me to write my new novel, “Afterlife in […]
Coincidence? Did you know that many contemporaries of the Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, thought he was half black and half white. According to the historian Ron Chernow, President John Adams, who was often at loggerheads with Hamilton, called him “That Creole Bastard.” Such perceptions of Hamilton’s ethnicity have lingered, because W.E. B. DuBois, the early […]
It was September 24, 1964 when I stepped onto the gangway of the Queen Elizabeth. I was ambivalent about going to Bregenz, Austria. No one I knew well had applied to the program, I didn’t want to leave my boyfriend; plus, my Jewish friends from high school wouldn’t travel to Germany. Or Austria. If Jews […]
Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club does such wonderful work in the St. Louis community. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking at their 20th Annual “Sky is the Limit!” Women in Careers Workshop and luncheon, held at Maritz. My talk was about seizing opportunity and not being afraid to try new things. […]
My thanks to Martha Senior, Lonetta Oliver and the students at Flo Valley Community College for inviting me to speak to the students about “Sugar Hill” and the history of the Harlem.
City Council speaker Christine Quinn came to the rescue of a local imam, whose mosque on Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 116th Street was recently closed down due to construction developments (Via NYDN) Closing curtains? Building costs, lack of grant funding leaves the National Black Theater fighting to keep its doors open (Via NYDN) Red Lobster has swam […]
Thank you Christie Cruise-Harper and the Maryville community for inviting me out to their Community Engagement Committee Book Club!
- How I Came to Write THESE BOYS ARE KILLING ME, a Memoir About Extreme Travel
- **** Book Review: Life is a Wheel, by Bruce Weber
- My Interview With Kim Hudson on KPLR, Channel 11 Fox News, St. Louis
- 3rd Annual Gateway Con, a Book Fair and Writers Retreat Presented by St Louis Writers Guild
- “White Circled Targets Drawn in Crayon,” by Daniel VanDeMortel: An Investigative and Suspenseful Article About Murder in the Old Polo Grounds Stadium in Sugar Hill Harlem,