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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CALLING ALL MY FELLOW VETERANS

If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you may be eligible for a new, lifelong benefit that may save you money. Effective Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, qualifying veterans may begin to make purchases on the online military exchanges.  All you have to do is complete a form verifying your service and that your discharge was honorable. You can then begin making purchases online which may be sales tax-free and may also be free of some shipping charges. Go to www.shopmyexchange.com for complete information about this program and the forms you will need to complete.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

60 Minutes on the Opiate Crisis

If you saw the 60 Minutes story today (October 15) on the whistleblower from the DEA on the opiate crisis in America, you'll want to read my soon to be published novel, The China Connection, that fictionally explores another aspect of the drug crisis. Look for it soon on Amazon and other bookstores and ebook outlets. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Food for Thought

"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." J. Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, on the detonation of the first atomic bomb.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Upcoming Appearance

i will be appearing at the Fall Author's Forum at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library on November 14, 2017 at 7:00PM to discuss my new mystery, The Trials of Lieutenant Morales. Please plan on attending.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Want to Live Longer? Read!

Do you want to live longer? Of course you do. Who doesn't? I'm going to surprise you with an easy and effective way to increase your life span. And this method requires no special exercise equipment, no gym membership and not even any special diet. The only thing you need is a book!

Yes, you read that right---a book can be your key to both a longer and more fulfilling life.

In a 2016 study published by the Yale School of Public Health, it was reported that people over the age of 50 who read any type of book for as little as 30 minutes a day could increase their lifespan on average by two  years.  The study was based on some 12 years of data originally compiled by the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study.

It should be emphasized that while  reading any type of book is effective, simply reading magazines and newspapers does not appear to have the same effect. Although researchers are not sure why that is the case, one theory is that reading a book causes you to think critically and make more brain connections that can protect against cognitive decline.  They referred to this effect as "deep reading."

So, if you want to live longer, get out your library card and head to your nearest library.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dead in the Water

My mystery thriller, Dead in the Water, is anything but dead in the water.
Dead in the Water, which features the retired homicide detective, Lieutenant Mario Morales, has been called a "heart-stopping read!" by the acclaimed book lovers' website, BookBub.com. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It is the perfect book for the beach or just sitting on your back patio drinking a glass of homemade lemonade.https://www.amazon.com/Water-Lieutenant-Morales-Legal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00U35Z7CS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1501524039&sr=8-9&keywords=dead+in+the+water&linkCode=ll1&tag=a0643413d-20&linkId=a5ee4affb7919a0538424466671b8b1a

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Amazing Relief for Lower Back Pain

Suffer from lower back pain? Believe me I know all about it. My pain was so bad that I underwent four procedures and surgeries this past winter. Only the last, a lumbar fusion, finally gave me the much hoped for relief. But I still have some residual pain. You can imagine how grateful I was when I read recently that ginger oil massaged  into the lower back can relieve much of the residual pain. Ginger root has long been prized for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Now, studies have shown that its application to the lower back can actually help reduce pain.
Scientists in Pain Research and Treatment suggest rubbing a several drops of ginger oil mixed with jojoba oil on the effected area once or twice a day. The studies show this simple ginger massage can result in a 71% reduction in pain intensity and 66% greater mobility.
Sounds like a winner to me. I know I will give it a try.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Inexpensive Performance Enhancer: Beets

Do you like red beets on your salad?  Most salad bars feature sliced or chopped beets. Maybe you add them to your salad because you've heard about the anti-inflammatory properties of beets just like cherry juice. The latest news is that in addition to those properties, it also can provide enhanced performance of athletic events.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, several British athletes legally used beet juice to improve their performance in track and field competitions during the 2012 London Olympics. It must have worked because one of the British athletes, Mo Farah, won two gold medals!

Now, I can't guarantee a gold medal--or even a bronze---but you might improve your performance the next time you are working out at the gym. Why not give it a try.

Friday, January 13, 2017

KIRKUS REVIEW OF "A RESERVATION FOR MURDER"

I have just received notification from Kirkus Reviews that the review of my detective mystery, A RESERVATION FOR MURDER,  has been selected for inclusion in the January 2017 copy of the Kirkus Reviews. Less than 10% of reviews of self-published books are published in the magazine.

I am truly honored by this selection. Kirkus Reviews is the premiere book review magazine in the country.

To see the review please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/yv9twknbims1z5c/Kirkus_online_010117.pdf?dl=0
The review of A Reservation for Murder is located on page 22.