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The Longest Walk

E c l e c t i c a  N o n f i c t i o n

"I’ve been under house arrest for four months, fifteen days, and three-and-a-half hours."

Deep Dive

Detour Ahead

Treasured memories of fun and laughter in dark pandemic times.

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Palace on Fire

The Bombay Review

"A massacre, a murder, and an escape from a terrorist attack."

The Hitchhiker

White Wall Review

During a recent visit to Israel, Susan took up the offer of a lift from a stranger. Past and present intermingled as she reflects on her journey.

A Mother's Sigh

Adelaide Magazine

In the midst of trauma there is hope. 

Slices of Life

Sunspot Literary Journal (Vol 2 Issue 1, page 58)

Cooking and tasting family recipes reminds me of happy and sad times.

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The Perfect Family


Hints of something ’not quite right,’ are missed by a neighbor. These secrets only come to light when emerge when Holly’s father is murdered.

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Ten years after the Mumbai Massacre

The Forward

I want to stay longer, but I’m leaving to go back home to Seattle, where, because of my experience with Moshe in Mumbai, I chose to live near my own grandchildren.

The Ceremony

Metafore Magazine, Winter 2018 (page 33)

During a hiking safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Susan is invited to a Masai holy ceremony. As an outsider from another world she rediscovers the sacred without actively participating in the fare.


Every Pigeon Literary Magazine (page 26)

While attending a writers’ conference in Oregon, Susan stays in a drab B&B, with boring fellow guests. She only discovers the secrets of  her hosts' hospitality the day she checks out.

The Fall

Joomag (page 32)

Startled to see my late husband sitting on a park bench with another woman, I miss my footing and fall on a stony path. It takes a few minutes to convince me that the stranger is a figment of my imagination. This tumble helps me accept that he is really gone. 

Faux Feathers

Pif Magazine

Standing out of the flock, Jonathon L. Seagull is no ordinary bird. Once again he defies convention by not turning up for his wedding ceremony. This fanfiction story brings romance and heartbreak back into our lives. 

Teacher, Terrorist, Patriot

Storgy Magazine

When I learn that my favorite high school teacher is the terrorist that placed a bomb on the Johannesburg station, I question his motives along with my dilemmas, and struggle to temper my own moral compass. Did his actions that day accelerate the end of apartheid at a time when so many of us armchair liberals did little to change the status quo?  

Just a Painting

Mused, Bella Online Review

A yellow and black painting of two women staring into the distance reminds me of my struggle to settle into my new life in Mumbai. Recently widowed, their expressions mirror my own identity as a woman now on her own.  

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Strangers in the Bush

Entropy Mag

A grieving widow put herself at risk camping on her own in Namibia with a stranger.


The Citron Review

Memories of my beloved husband flood back In the pedestrian street of my local London market when I lift a tangerine to my nose. Breathing in, long and deep, hoping the sharp citrus scent might bring John back to me.

How to Succeed in Business: The Power of Daughters

The Huffington Post

Why is it that attitudes towards women remain so stubbornly difficult to change? Men and sometimes women who are in positions of power continue to be skeptical about the effectiveness of women in leadership roles, despite impressive financial evidence to the contrary. A report from Catalyst (2010),confirms an astonishing fact that US organizations keep ignoring. Companies with a better gender balance at board level enjoy a 42 percent higher return on sales, a 66 percent higher return on invested capital, and a 53 percent higher return on equity than their rivals. Gender discrimination ignores financial performance and continues to thrive.

Charlie and Ahmed’s New Year’s Resolution: Together We Will Defeat Terrorism

The Huffington Post

The Paris lockdown after the barbaric attack on Charlie Hedbo, a French satirical newspaper, is over. Posters and online cartoons of pencils have become the symbol of freedom of the press and a weapon against terror. Posts of “I am Charlie” and “I am Ahmed,” the dead cop, have gone viral, as Parisians unite in the war against terror. Even though the alleged perpetrators, two jihadist brothers, have been tracked down, people stare unashamedly into the faces of strangers to check they’re not the enemy. It’s inconceivable to learn that the suspects were known to the police. How has this been allowed to happen? And when and where can we expect the next attack?

What Kids4Peace Can Teach Us About Peace


“The Puget Sound is really a mess,” one of my grandchildren told me recently. “It’s so polluted. Did you know even the orcas are contaminated with toxic chemicals.”

Determined to build a better future, our kids want to find new ways to make themselves heard — in the classroom, by their parents, communities, and politicians. It’s easy for parents to think their kids are only interested in the latest football results, lose sleep over what to wear to graduation, and spend far too much time playing games on their phones. In reality youth are also texting and blogging about police brutality, melting icecaps, and how to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. They worry how we’ll ever get out of the mess

Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom

The Huffington Post

While politicians and economists in the U.S. argue over how to “fix” the economy, research gives them at least part of the answer. A report from Catalyst, Why Diversity Matters confirms an astonishing fact that U.S. companies persist on ignoring: organizations with a better gender balance at board level enjoy a 42 percent higher return on sales, a 66 percent higher return on invested capital, and a 53 percent higher return on equity than their rivals. McKinsey Consultants, WomenMatter2012 confirmed this link between the proportion of women on executive committees and better corporate performance.

The Mumbai Massacre

Blue Lyra Review

Notable mention in Best American Essays, 2017*

November 26, 2008, began as a typical evening in Mumbai. Mothers kissed their children goodnight, set their alarm clocks and bid their servants a pleasant evening. Apartments turned dark. The Mumbai Massacre was published in the Blue Lyra Review in March of 2016, and was a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017. While Blue Lyra Review no longer exists, you can read an archive of the story here.

A Green Death


A large scarlet ball rose above the Mumbai horizon and chased away the darkness. For a few minutes, its reflection stroked the khaki-colored Indian Ocean. Then the early morning smog darkened its bright face. 

The Ganges: Can This Holy River be Reborn

The Huffington Post

On a sultry evening in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, smoke from funeral pyres sweeps into a fading azure sky. Wisps of burnt orange float along the horizon where gods greet departed souls. I rush with Hindu pilgrims and other tourists like myself, toward the ritual prayer ceremony on a platform known as a ghat, overlooking the Ganges — the most-worshipped and one of the most-polluted rivers in the world. 

Gender Quotas in the Boardroom Keep Marching on

The Huffington post

Many companies in Europe held their breath last week as Germany introduced a mandatory quota system assuring that 30 percent of supervisory board seats are allocated to women.

CEO Adviser: Sexism in the boardroom

Seattle Business Mag

Research indicates that a more diverse leadership team delivers stronger results. A study by Catalyst, a worldwide research company, concluded that organizations with a better gender balance at board level enjoy a 53 percent higher return on equity and a 73 percent return on sales. Consultant McKinsey & Co. found that the top quartile of companies with women on their executive committees had a 56 percent better operating result than the top quartile of companies without women on their boards.

Building a New Generation of Peacemakers

The entrancing chords of Coldplay’s, Viva La Vida warmed the hall at Camp Brotherhood, a retreat center on the slopes of Mount Vernon, Washington. Three gangly 12-year old boys, one from the West Bank, one from Jerusalem and the third from Seattle, squeezed together on one piano stool. Side by side, their nimble fingers pranced in parallel on one keyboard. Sometimes one boy’s hand had to cross into another boy’s musical territory. The final chords soared to a crescendo in unison and then silence. The rapt audience held its breath in reverie. Then the hush was shattered with a standing ovation of shrieks and whistles. Frenzied laughter and chatter embraced the room. It was hard to believe that the boys had known each other for only five days.