Archive for January, 2010

Rocco I got five As in my school report card so My mom bought me a hamster. I called him Rocco Because that is what my mom Called me before I was born. Rocco was attention-loving like My great grand-mother grammy Who sadly I never knew. He did acrobatics on the bars of his cage […]


Find A Penny

28Jan10

As part of Rob Walker’s Significant Object project, click on the links to find out more and to see how bidding on ebay for this charming piggy (with story—by me—attached) can benefit 826national a program which tutors youth in creative and expository writing.  My grandmother gave me the piggy bank when I was four, for Christmas, wrapped in a […]


My amazing sister, Joan Sullivan, says goodbye to Bronx Academy of Letters, the public school she started in the Bronx.  She’s now Deputy Mayor of Education for the City of Los Angeles.   Watch and see her talents.  There is hope for the future of education.


The Book Tour

25Jan10

THE BOOK TOUR.  We’ve all heard about them: the author reading for an audience of three, two, one, none.  You fly across the country to San Francisco, feeling important.  You are chauffeured to the bookstore, attended by a literary escort.  Signs all over the store announce your event at 7 P.M.  A voice comes over […]


Bright Angel Time, my first novel had so many terrible working titles, but I wrote the book so long ago I can’t remember what they were.  I do remember that my editor wanted to change the title from Bright Angel Time to Falling Backwards. I refused because a Michael Douglas film was recently out called […]


of my mother.  With two of her daughters for a Jinsoon milk and honey pedicure.  New York City. (By the way — my feet are the youngest ones.)


bake bread with my son. Jasper Whole-Wheat Bread 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 4 teaspoons salt 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water 2 teaspoons sugar 2 packages active dry yeast 3 cups whole-wheat flour 3 cups white flour Heat the milk, brown sugar, butter and salt together in a saucepan.  Stir […]