Helping Writers Get Published

I’m thrilled to share that many of the writers I work with have been publishing their work. Congratulations to E.B. Axelrod, Susan Berger Ellman, Ruth Carmel, Kristen Fealy, Roseline Glazer, Laurie Izes, Jeff Lawenda, Voichita Nachescu, Debbie Nathan, Karen Satran, Jo Varnish and Nora Wong. It has been absolutely wonderful helping these writers get their work written, finished and published!

E. B. Axelrod , Break Fast (Split Lip)

Susan Berger Ellman, The Hunt (

Ruth Carmel, My Big Fat Orthodox Thanksgiving (Alimentum); Why I Write About My Family (; Misdirection (Winner of the 2014 Talking Writing Prize for Advice Writing,; Too Much Information (; Writing Actually is Hard Work (Brevity)

Kristen Fealy, Janice Has a Bad Sex Life; I am a Very Bad Person; Things I Say to My Children, And the Heavens Opened (The East Hampton Star)

Roseline Glazer, The Jewish Bride (Writing Raw)

Laurie Izes, The Store (

Jeff Lawenda, Pathways

Debbie Nathan, We’ll Be Here All Night (This American Life, radio piece); Fear Itself in the Rio Grande (

Voichita Nachescu, The Traveling Tomato (

Karen Satran, Nights (The Yale Review)

Jo Varnish, Chasing Shadows, (, Metamorphosis (;

Nora Wong, Loving My Son, After His Death (The New York Times)

New Story up on HuffPo50 on Betty Halbreich and my love affair with Bergdorf Goodman

I have a new story up on HuffPo50 about having drinks with my friend Suzanne Turner and Betty Halbreich, author of I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist. Betty and Suzanne are both personal shoppers at Bergdorf Goodman and wise, beautiful women. We discussed food, books, writing, cooking, the news and staying sane. I tried to get Betty to discuss fashion but she had other things on her mind. If you haven’t read her book, download a sample or just go ahead and buy it. She wrote it with Rebecca Paley and it is wonderful. I’m reading it for the second time.Unknown


New Story Up On HuffPo50

I have a new story up on HuffPo50 about my grandmother, in honor of Grandparents Day. She swam, sewed, taught elementary school and played bridge. She did everything with love and patience, except cooking, which she could have done without.

New Story up on HuffPo50

I have a new story up on HuffPo50 about sending our older son off to college—and feeding him, his younger brother and a bunch of their friends first. The story includes recipes for guacamole and flat-bread pizzas. The guacamole recipe comes from Ina Garten and her original Barefoot Contessa cookbook. It’s a bit controversial—no cilantro!—-but delicious.

New story up on HuffPo50

I had a new story up on HuffPo50 last week about the pleasures, and perils, of cooking for men. Recipes include a yummy vegan lime mousse, and a decadent and delicious fruit cobbler. Try these at home.

New story up on HuffPo50

I have a new story up on HuffPo this morning about new uses for old bananas. Thank you to my friend, Karina Muro, a nutritionist and cooking instructor, for the inspiration and instruction. And happy Mother’s Day, to everyone who is a mother, has a mother and/or nurtures his or her mothering instincts.

Love, Sustained: Meeting Ann Patchett

IMG_1682 IMG_1681 IMG_1677 IMG_1680I have a new story up on HuffPo50 on the thrill of meeting Ann Patchett when I did a reading at her store, Parnassus Books, in Nashville. It was an out-of-body experience. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, including and especially Ann Patchett!