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“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.

—William Faulkner

Goodreads Giveaway!

Dear Subscribers, I’m so pleased to announce that the publisher is giving away 100 copies of my new novel titled THE AWAKENING OF MEENA RAWAT free on Goodreads! An excerpt from this book initially published in the annual issue of Green Hills Literary Lantern journal was nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2019. Published by …

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I Want the Pandemic to End /I Don’t Want the Pandemic to End: Two Perspectives

When Anika Chandok’s Bakersfield middle school shut down last spring and her classes went online, it felt like the beginning of an adventure. “I was in my pajamas, sitting in my comfy chair, “ the thirteen-year-old recalls. “I was texting my friends during class.” “Then I received my academic progress report. I was an A …

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Calling all #writers #authors #poets #dreamers: I was incredibly lucky to be interviewed recently by the founder of the “Women in our Town” podcast based in Canada. Check out the article for tips for writers and those who aspire to be published: Here ******************************************* I am overjoyed to announce that THE AWAKENING OF MEENA RAWAT …

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The Unequal Scramble for Vaccines

As soon as Los Angeles County began offering Covid vaccines to residents 65 and older, Sonia Khatri, whose non-profit agency runs a medical clinic, noticed something different. “Suddenly our clinic was full of white people,” said Dr. Khatri, the head of Asha Kiran, which provides services to the poor. “We’ve never had that before. We …

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