Remembering Dad

April 5,2014 -Ten years ago today we buried my dad in Glenwood Cemetery outside of Chicago.  He was 82 and had lived a remarkable life. A life that enabled me to be who I am today. His passing was the impetus  for this book, this sometimes painful,  but insightful reflection upon my life experiences,  and … Read more…

Black Culture in Hawai’i

  Black History Month always brings a whirlwind of activities and attention to the African American presence in Hawaii and this year proved to be no exception. Some people lament the fact that our history and contributions are limited to being noted in the shortest month of the year while others bemoan that the need … Read more…

TFTB visits Houston, Texas for The 41st Western Area Conference of The Links, Incorporated.

We had a great time at the Book and Music Festival – my panel partners, Governor Ben Cayetano, reporter Bob Jones, and Mark Panek gave the audience sharp contrasts to the ways in which authors “Tell Lives”. A real political insider, an opinionated reporter, professor, and retired judge.  Lots of stories, there! Later in June, … Read more…

Telling Lives; Touching Lives

I got a call the other night from a friend who had just finished reading my book.  She lives on the mainland and I don’t see her very often but we share a camaraderie in one of my service organizations.  We’ve talked lots of times but never about what she shared with me that night. … Read more…

Getting Used to Being a “Writer”

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what has been taking place since I published this book in November. A whirlwind experience puts it mildly – while sales are not at NYTimes bestseller levels, they have been existent and somewhat steady. A panel of my fellow Pacific Raven Press authors on Maui for the Aloha Writers … Read more…

Book Release Party

It was an exciting evening – one I could not ever have imagined two years earlier when I began in earnest to put “Tales From The Bench’ into existence!   I had actually published a book, it was done!  And my family and friends came out to celebrate its release at one of my favorite places in … Read more…