• The Loss of George

    * This week, I learned much too late of the passing of my favorite professor and one of the best people I knew, George Friedman. He passed away in late February. Every once in a while someone comes along and makes an impression on your life. That person, for me, came in the form of Dr. George Friedman, professor of English at Towson University. George, as I came to call him, was the singular inspiration for my first novel, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, which began as a short story in George’s class—Writing Creative Short Fiction—during my first master’s degree. When he returned a short story I wrote, and verbally told…

  • Today’s Suggestion: Keep Dancing

    I have a confession to make: I love to dance. I have another confession to make: sometimes I dance as a form of exercise. The fact of the matter is, like many other forms of aerobic exercise, dancing is a great stress reliever, is good for your heart, and can burn 450 calories per hour. Why do you think so many people on “Dancing with the Stars” lose weight on the program? Because they are dancing their butts off. Honestly, there is nothing better than playing some of your favorite music and dancing. For 30, 45 , or 60 minutes, depending on the time I have available, I may “get away”…