In Other Hands: Revised Edition

September 6, 2021

About three years ago I published In Other Hands, a collection of nonfiction and composite creative stories, half of them about human trafficking and prostitution and the other half about poverty and homelessness. There is often a link between these areas but the readers generally expected a book about one general subject or the other.…

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Impressions of Madrid

August 12, 2011

Would I ever want to live in Madrid? I didn’t know. I hadn’t been there so before going prepared vigorously, studying maps and scouring cyberspace and printing out stacks of material that bulged from three folders. In Madrid I annotated my reference material and encouraged local citizens to also do so. I jumped into dozens…

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Dining at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid

August 10, 2011

The double-deck tour bus with top open had just completed its modern Madrid route north of downtown on shady Paseo del Prado into the chic Salamanca neighborhood where renowned Real Madrid plays soccer in a massive stadium and the most exclusive shops are found, and then back down Calle Serrano past several elegant foreign embassies…

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Getting to Madrid

August 9, 2011

My journey to Madrid began on a Sunday morning as I drove from blistering Bakersfield down Highway 99 toward Los Angeles and punched sports talk radio but heard an ESPN guy strain to be funny and cool but sounding lame: most jockeys lack comedic skills and can’t sustain the purported subject matter of their shows.…

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