Friday, January 17, 2020

Alien Dimensions #16 is Back in Kindle Unlimited for a limited time!

My story G.L.O.R.I.A. was included!  If you love Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, you may enjoy this future off-planet version. "Gold-Lithium-Osmium-Ruthenium-Iridium-Aluminum. G.L.O.R.I.A. was created to be more than a fire weapon. GLORIA was my monster. " 

Containing some great stories:
Blink by Gustavo Bondoni
The Clever Nature of Wool by Robert N Stephenson
Innocuous But Lethal by Mike Adamson
Moon Mine by Neil A. Hogan
Starbuck Billy Robert M. Walton
G.L.O.R.I.A. by K.L. Hallam   
The Light of Thought by Jeffrey Freedman     Print or eBook! 

Monday, January 6, 2020

I conquered my fear of flying! with the help of Captain Tom Bunn, MSW, LCSW licensed therapist and founder of SOAR, Inc.


On the way down to Orlando.
If you’re a fearful flyer I highly recommend this program. It’s helped thousands fly again. The best way to begin a new decade! Happy New Year! 

Here's the letter I sent recommending the SOAR program.   

Dear Captain Tom Bunn:

Yesterday, I returned to New York City after a round trip flight from Orlando visiting family. 
Growing up, I often flew alone with my little brother to visit our father and I’d taken several overseas flights throughout the years with no problem. I enjoyed soaring the skies, but then came 9/11 and two young children to protect, but we continued our yearly family vacations, until the summer twelve years ago, during a turbulent Caribbean flight as I imagined the worst during the strong turbulence.

As misinformation took over, I kept telling myself the stories that led to not wanting to fly ever again – then came the shame and the yearning to travel seeing friends travel the world. I hid it from my children, claiming we didn’t have the money or the time to travel. The shame was deep and painful.

Then two weeks ago, my husband booked a flight so that my family could visit an ill relative, the only way we could all go together, and I began working through the exercises. My anticipatory anxiety was off the charts. I read Capt. Tom Bunn’s book SOAR, loaded the app, and bucked down. I allowed myself to trust that the anticipatory anxiety wouldn’t be as bad when I got to the airport as Tom Bunn explained in his book. I practiced the 1-2-3-4-5 and the strength training exercises dutifully.

Learning how planes actually work, was a huge mind-opener for me. As it turned out turbulence was just about the last thing to worry about. Additionally, to desensitize myself, I imagined jumping up and down on the plane during turbulence saying “I’m not afraid of this!”

And just as Capt. Tom Bunn said, I didn’t have anxiety on the plane and it was minimal at the airport, even while dealing with my son’s general anxiety at the same time. I joked around with the flight attendants, watched the scenery out the window that once again gave me a sense of calm. The way I felt flying as a young girl. The positive attitude that arose out of me was a huge surprise.

I’m crying tears of joy knowing I’m free to live again! Subsequently helping the blockages in my life in general. Thank you, Tom! Thank you from the depth of my soul.  

On the way back.

Have you stopped flying? If so, this program could change your life!   <3 nbsp="" p="">

Monday, December 16, 2019

Short Fiction: Time Travel

My 101 Word Flash Fiction, Compression, is one of the stories featured in the December Time Travel Issue of 101 Fiction 
Visit the website for more. 
Enjoy the escape! 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Happy Holidays!

TO YOU!  and Yours!  Wishing you a Holiday that is Merry and Bright! 

May Democracy Ring through the World and Crumble Oppressive Structures left by the Patriarchy! 

May our planet return to that Paradise is it! Offering all we need to flourish without exploitation, without decimating every animal, tree, or indigenous person and their land! 

Keep our water clean! 

Our air breathable -- the animals are counting on us! We must protect those without voices who cannot SHOUT! 

Peace to YOU! Peace to All. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Climate Strike. We're All in This Together!

"LISTEN TO THE SCIENTISTS!"  ~ Greta Thunberg.

I've been an environmental activist since the days I hoarded glass bottles under the sink in my Williamsburg apartment in 1989-90s, to the chagrin of my roommate who constantly teased me about my "collection" of bottles.

But I couldn't throw them in the garbage! and no one was even talking about recycling in New York City in those days. Well, I was talking ...but there were few answers. So I basically hoarded a huge collection of glass bottles under my sink. Not sure what became of those bottles, it's likely my roommate issued an ultimatum to get rid of them. And then came the plastic bags ... the bane of humanity and the rest of our plastics hanging in our trees in the City. (I also have a certificate as a "green medicine" herbalist. During the Bush years, there was a concern the war-loving administration would take our supplements and access to medicinal plants and herbs. )

This is actually a post, for the Climate Strike! I'd say in SOLIDARITY but we're all in this TOGETHER. We have one BEAUTIFUL paradise of a planet. We're the stewards and we've done terribly.

Sharing a few photos from the 2014 "People's Climate March".  My #ClimatePact   "I swear in all my power to help this planet and its creatures thrive and return this planet to the PARADISE it is!  #ClimatePact   I will STOP abuses when I see them. I will STEP IN. Help find solutions.

 For my #ClimateStrike #ClimatePact I will:

*Ride my bike every day -- even through the snow. (so much fun!)


*Wear repurposed clothing! (eBay!)

* Mend and repair the things I have. (also kind of fun.)

* Plant trees.

* Return to being a vegan.   ~ While I had two vegan births, I'm now a vegetarian but also lactose intolerant. So, I must heed the warnings of my gut.  ;) My body is much smarter than I am.

(I'll return to add more to this list.)

What are a few things you've done that helped our planet, please share so we can do more! 

Here are a few photos from 2014. New York City's People's Climate March, to rev you up for the rally at Foley Square tomorrow 12PM. No matter where you are if you can't attend a rally or march in your town -- start cleaning up! Walk around with signs. Post the photos on Social Media. Share anything you've done that helps clean up our environment and tag #ClimateStrike.

Don't forget the little guys that make a HUGE impact on our planet. 

photo by me! 

Monday, September 9, 2019

When Billie Holiday Addressed Our Health Care System and Opiates.

This country sure is Slooooow to change.  

I'm busy revising my YA historical fantasy, though the story only has one supernatural element. It's set in 1935 at the cusp of the Swing Era and the build-up to WW2.  Believe, me, there're too many similarities to the persecution of Jewish people, to what the current administration is doing to black and brown people in the U.S.A. TODAY! 

A dear friend and jazz singer gave me Lady Sings the Blues last week for my birthday. Hearing Billie Holiday's voice, her words and her mind has been profound, learning about her life and struggles and jazz music, and then reading this near the end of the book ...

" American used to make fun of the British health system, where sick people could go to doctors and hospitals for free and the government picked up the tab. We laughed about them handing out false teeth and wooden legs for free. We hollered about this being government interference with the practice of medicine."
"Well, let me tell you, in America if they haven't got government interference in medicine I don't know what it is. If you're on and you get a doctor for help, he can't help you because the government has passed out regulations saying, in effect, that if he does he will go to jail along with you. If you go to the doctor, he's liable to slam the door in your face and call the cops."

"Most countries in Europe are civilized about it and they have no "narcotics problem" at all. One day America is going to smarten up and do the same thing.  Not as long as the US has systematic racism! Imagine how far we'd be if bigots and cheaters didn't get their way. I'm sure we'd have advanced beyond our current realities. 

"It may not even happen in my lifetime. Whether it does or not is no skin off mine, because I can't possibly be hurt any more than I have been. But for the sake of other people who've got to suffer until the country wakes up, for the sake of young kids whose whle life will be ruined because they are sent to jail instead of a hospital, I pray to God we wake up soon over here. " 

"If you think you need to suffer to play music or sing, you're crazy.  It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing. The only thing that can happen to you sooner than later you'll get busted, and once that happens you'll never live it down. Just look at me."
"I don't want to preach to nobody. I never have and I don't want to begin now. But I do hope some kids will read this book an not miss the point of it. Maybe because I have no kids of my own--not yet--I still think you can help kids by talking straight to them."

"On a recent Sunday, Judge Jonah Goldstein talked about the narcotics problem on TV from New York. He told the people the same thing I've been trying to tell them; that narcotics has to be taken out of the hands of the police and turned over to the doctors! He said that in all his years on the bench he'd never seen anybody but poor people brought in for violation of the dope laws."

"He also said a man had come to him for advice recently because his twenty-year-old son had been hooked on dope. What did the judge advise him to do? Send the boy to England o school where doctors could treat him legally, cure him if they could, and if not, give him treatment legally just as if he had diabetes or something, so he could live a useful normal life."

"That's a hell of a recommendation for a judge to have to make in a civilized country; to admit that the only help a sick person hooked on drugs can get is outside the country,..." 

This is from the 1950s from Billie Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues.  

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Her voice lives on! 
In the YA I'm revising the MC is also dealing with barbiturate use. Commonly prescribed for sleeping pills during this time.  

We must make good change happen Faster!