Stop Stomping on Good Teachers

A few of my good friends still teach. I am in awe of the stories they share about the trials and tribulations of their work; as well as the joys of their connections both academically and socially with their students. Unfortunately, though it is the tales that describe how little they actually get to make… Continue reading Stop Stomping on Good Teachers

Interview on Your Family Matters Radio

Recently, I was interviewed by Board Certified Licensed Clinical Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalyst Dr. Keith Kanner on the Your Family Matters Radio Show at Also an award-winning TV show on the CW network, Dr. Kanner interviewed me about my book, Shades of Gray. Link to recording WS Radio – Your Family Matters

Dedicated to Teachers That Make a Difference

On Facebook I read about a teacher from my junior high school that passed away recently.  I was never fortunate enough to have her, but her reputation was such that I remember her well.  In one of the posted photos, Ms. Morell is on a field trip with Mr, Byrnes.  Mr. Byrnes, on the other… Continue reading Dedicated to Teachers That Make a Difference

Keeping the Faith

Thank you Ms. Medina

For months since the publication of Shades of Gray I have searched for the principal and assistant principal that had the gumption to push towards creating a dropout prevention program at the NYC high school at which I taught twenty plus years ago.  Who knew that one small leap of faith would be enough to… Continue reading Keeping the Faith

Where There is Passion; There is Hope

Another article about Fifty Shades found its way to the front page of my local newspaper recently.  Frankly, I am numb. This one boasts that due to Ms. James infamous, erotic novels, “businesses focusing on sexuality are seeing a significant increase in sales.”  Well, there is good news.  I know I will sleep better tonight… Continue reading Where There is Passion; There is Hope

Media Blitz

The news of how people are mistaking my Shades of Gray for EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has skyrocketed. While I am excited about the media attention, I am more thrilled about the platform it has given me to talk about the issues that are so real to me.  Drop-out prevention, interracial adoption, teachers,… Continue reading Media Blitz