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April 13, 2016

Tell me a story, my daughter would say when I tucked her in at night. I began telling stories I had forgotten until that moment. In the telling, they became real again. I reimagined my mother’s kindness when I lost my husband, the sister who transformed words on the page, the meals of left-overs my mother bro...

December 22, 2015

In 2014 an excerpt of my memoir, The Widow and the Hijacker, went viral on, coming in as the #3 story of the year. 2015 brings another top rating, this time for the NPR Snap Judgement Podcast, which The Atlantic rated one of the top 50 podcasts.

Here’s what they said:

There’s a moment in the first 2...

February 11, 2015

Mario Cuomo stood at the window of his offices on the 58th floor of One World Financial Center watching a tugboat stream along the Hudson toward the Statue of Liberty. Below, the financial district with its jackhammers and car horn blasts was silent, the sky was a brilliant blue and the waves held white caps.


August 11, 2014

We crawled toward Yankee Stadium, traffic a nightmare, my kids in the car, everyone hungry and restless. I was sitting in the back where I didn’t have to watch my husband drive, when I felt my pocket vibrate. Huffington Post AARP Contest, the heading said. I had entered almost a year ago, then dismissed it as...

January 4, 2014

I’m published in Salon today. There’s no greater thrill for a writer than seeing her work published to so wide an audience.

September 23, 2013

Facebook – September 2, 2012: After spending 32 years in prison and five as a free man, the man who was responsible for building the bomb that killed Brian Murray committed suicide this week. His wife found his body along with a note in their home in Croatia. I wonder if he thought about the lives he altered...

September 10, 2013

You all know my story, the word terrorism that brings a shiver to our bones, the dark and unnatural date of 9/11/76 that left me a widow, and twenty-five years later, the date that caused fear and anxiety and great sorrow in every American. It is a date for reflecting and for looking forward, and each year I...

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