I Goofed

I reference music throughout my books because readers can immediately identify with the tunes and the melodies establish moods which add essential elements to the setting. Additionally, when I wrote Carpe Diem, Illinois, musical ringtones were popular so I included...

A Final Chapter

Last Saturday was a tough day for me. In Print, a professional writers’ organization in the Rockford area, an organization I’d helped create and presided over as president for many years, met for the last time. In September of 2010, Mary Lamphere, Kathleen...

The Golden Age of TV

One of the things I do as a writer is to justify watching hours of live-streamed television by claiming it’s a way to study my craft. I’m not totally off the mark — television shows today are incredibly well scripted, acted, costumed, and filmed....

A Writer’s Soul Searching

Writers get a lot of advice. For instance, we’re often told that we have to write every day to practice our craft and complete our work. This makes sense. If we’re not writing every day, then can we really call ourselves writers? I tell people I’m a...

The Best of 2018

I can’t believe 2018 is almost over! It’s been a wonderful year full of adventures, insights, inspirations, amazing experiences, and great stuff. Here’s my list of the Best of 2018: Best movie – “Green Book” starring Viggo...