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May 6, 2018

            I don’t think anyone should be condemned as a disgrace to feminism without us first looking a little deeper and considering all the details.  Eleanor Velasco Thornton, the woman who stars in my poem, lived in times that were very different from those of tod...

April 24, 2018

      Maybe I never should have called.  Maybe I could have picked a better time.  Though when that would be I never could have guessed.  Because from the moment I heard my friend’s voice on the phone I knew I was in for bad news and there’s never a good time for that....

April 11, 2018

      I wrote the poem “The Figurine” in order to reveal the story behind a work of art.  The mascot that adorns the hood of every Rolls-Royce car, the iconic little silver sculpture that has symbolized that brand almost since its inception, was inspired by a real woma...

April 1, 2018

     I know plenty of people who keep a food diary.  They’re really serious about it. They record in great detail what they ate, when they ate, how much they ate, the calorie count and their emotional state at the time.  I consider this an excellent idea.  After all, a...

March 18, 2018

            Spring has almost arrived which means we can forget about winter and its many trials.  With January and February safely behind us I know that from here on in I’m perfectly safe.  Nobody is going to ask me anything about my New Year’s Resolutions, what they...

February 26, 2018

            I’m delighted to tell you that my story poems are going to be on the radio!

Thursday, March 1st – Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, Canada

“World Poetry Café” hosted by Ariadne Sawyer from 1-2pm.  I will be call...

February 23, 2018

     Within a few days I began scribbling out ideas for a poem.

The poem I would ultimately write would not be about the Gulf Pearl Set exactly but would revolve around the fate of a single pearl.  I called it the Pearl of Dubai.  In real life no such pea...

February 10, 2018

    Then, in the 1950’s, out of the blue, something happened.  Oil was discovered in the region.  For places like Qatar and Abu Dhabi it was a sudden salvation.  They were rich again.  Other sheikhdoms were not so lucky.  Some had only a little oil and some had none at...

January 23, 2018

   Unbeknownst to the people of the Arabian Gulf, far away in the country of Japan a man named Mikimoto and some of his compatriots had been trying to discover how to make pearls grow in oysters on purpose, how to farm pearls.  They had succeeded.  And in 1928, they ha...

January 11, 2018

For at least two thousand years life for those who lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf revolved around pearls.  As surely as the sun rose and set, so did the pearling trade follow its natural rhythm.  In May each year the men took to the pearling boats and headed...

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