Month: November 2017

You Can’t be Happy and Ungrateful at the Same Time: 50 Things from My Gratitude Journal


Happiness and gratitude are a package deal. You can’t be happy and ungrateful at the same time. Show gratitude and you’ll find happiness. Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, has spent his career researching the impact gratitude can have. Emmons stresses, “Gratitude is not merely a positive emotion; it also […]

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The Pilgramage (or why I really went to Atlantic City last week)


“Everything dies, baby that’s a fact But maybe everything that dies some day comes back. Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.” Bruce Springsteen, Atlantic City Last Friday I made the 60 mile pilgrimage from Philadelphia to the Atlantic City, New Jersey to present my writing workshop […]

How I Finally Kicked Prednisone’s Ass


After a three year fight with the infamous steroid Prednisone — I’m proudly standing in the middle of the ring and raising my arms in victory. In July of 2014 my rheumatologist prescribed a moderately high daily dosage of 35 milligrams of Prednisone to relieve my chronic inflammation and joint pain caused by the autoimmune disorder — sarcoidosis. The […]

Humbled and Honored


My story, The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump (or learning to fly) was recently published in the National Ataxia Foundation’s quarterly journal “Generations”.  I want to thank Stephanie Lucas, the Communications Manager of “Generations” for publishing my story. I also want to thank all of those who read the story and offered […]

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The Scary Work of Redefining Yourself


It was this week, last year that I published The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or learning to fly). It was one of the greatest leaps I ever took. Here’s why. Any writer who tells you they’re not worried about how their work will be perceived is lying. Look dear reader, I […]