I am a disabled fiction and nonfiction writer currently living in New York. I'm passionate about obscure trivia, great writing and disability rights/advocacy.
Ralph the Bargain Hunter
When I think of thrifting, I often think of my great-uncle, Ralph. He was the king of bargains. He grew up during the Great Depression. It was in his nature to look for a good deal.
“Is it really hot in here? Or is it just me?” Nancy looked at her vintage Pink Flamingo Swatch. If the timepiece was vintage, so was she, getting the watch as a tenth birthday present.
The Toronto Incident
Memory is a funny thing. It defines so much of our lives. We can remember exactly where we were during historic events like September 11th. Little things, like when we forgot our lines in the third grade play, are also locked away forever in our minds.
Maps Hold A World of Memories
No one uses maps anymore. Sure, they use GPS on their phone or ask Alexa but, I’m talking about an old school paper map. One you picked up at a rundown gas station in the middle of nowhere. When you were completely lost and had no other option. Or one you found crumpled at the back of the glove compartment while cleaning out your car at the car wash.
The Mandalorian Connection
I’m an 80s kid and grew up a huge fan of Star Wars. So, when Disney announced it was developing The Mandalorian, I was ecstatic. For those not in the know, The Mandalorian is a Disney+ series that premiered in 2019. It was created and directed by Jon Favreau and stars Pedro Pascal.
In the Shadows
One year ago, my world completely changed. On March 13th, 2020, I left my job for what would be the last time. I was informed that I was furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was told my furlough would hopefully only be about six weeks. Six weeks turned into six months. Six months turned into a year. I know this is a common story. I know I’m not alone. What makes my story different is that I am unemployed and disabled.
Celebrating Staten Island
New York City. The Big Apple. When most people speak of New York City, they are often talking about Manhattan. Home of the Empire State Building, Times Square and The Statue of Liberty. But actually, New York City consists of five boroughs. These include Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and my home town, Staten Island.
Art in the Suburbs
Staten Island, New York is a short ferry ride from the fast paced world of New York City, but it seems like a world away. It's known for being the hometown of one of the Jersey Shore cast members. It's not exactly known as a cultural Mecca. Despite this reputation, there are small pockets of the island where the arts thrive. One of these places is very dear to my heart.