Society of Professional Journalists PCLI award for humor column
"MEWsings: Losing My Religion", May 3, 2010

She wore white; a simple dress with rosebuds at the waist, pearl dots sewn down the skirt, and cloth covered buttons lined the back. She walked slowly in precession up the church aisle, hands clasped together in prayer fashion, in innocence.

Read more
Society of Professional Journalists’ PCLI award
"Grieving on the Roadside: Scenes of Loss"
Newsday, November 30, 2008

Driving west on Woodbury Road approaching the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway overpass, a large red bow hugs a 30-foot oak tree on the north side…

Read more
Apex Award of Excellence for Feature Writing
"Zap Holiday Stress: 25 Tips for Health & Happiness"
Wellness: Newsday’s Guide to Healthy Living, December 1, 2007

Holiday angst! It’s already begun—from the minute that Thanksgiving turkey goes into the oven to the champagne toast ringing in the New Year…

Read more
"Syosset’s Little Secret"
Long Island Press, July 24, 2008

In the morning, Marcy Rappaport, a 41-year-old single mother, gets ready for work at AHRC Nassau, where she is employed as a service coordinator for mentally challenged adults. It’s the heart of summer…

Read more
"Raise Nassau’s smoke age: pol"
New York Daily News, October 2, 2005

In the morning, Marcy Rappaport, a 41-year-old single mother, gets ready for work at AHRC Nassau, where she is employed as a service coordinator for mentally challenged adults…

Read more
"A New Chapter for Book Clubs"
Newsday, March 27, 2011

When members of a book club in Sands Point became fascinated with books about life behind bars, they didn’t stop with reading. They wanted to talk with the authors, too.

Read more
"Women Head to Rwanda to Provide Aid"
Newsday, October 22, 2010

Friday, Marie Goretti Ukeye will board a jet with six friends, five from Long Island, on a journey to her beloved home country of Rwanda.

Read more
"The View from the Sky"
Newsday, June 27, 2010

“Feel that speed?” Al Cerullo asks as he pilots a helicopter 20 feet over New York’s Upper Bay at the Narrows. “The closer to the water, the more you feel it.”

Read more
"Chasing the Dream"
Newsday, March 7, 2010

“Hello New York!” screams Long Island’s Greg Raposo, welcoming a raucous crowd of hundreds in a downstairs studio at Webster Hall in Manhattan.

Read more
"They Love to Tinker"
Newsday, January 10, 2010

Striking a low F sharp note off a Korg synthesizer doesn’t do the trick.

Read more
"The Doctor is Out"
Newsday, September 13, 2009

Ronald Primas doesn’t play one on TV—he’s a real doctor to the rich and famous, and he makes house calls!

Read more
"Texting in the Sky"
Newsday, July 19, 2009

In America, almost every inch of space is an open canvas to advertise on—even the blue sky. “W E L…I bet it’s welcome,” says Eric Platow of Massapequa, guessing as giant white, billowy letters…

Read more
"Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry"
Long Island Woman, December 1, 2022

In Lessons in Chemistry debut novel by Bonnie Garmus, Elizabeth Zott uniquely forges her way through single motherhood and into readers’ hearts.

Read more
"Ellen Meister’s Love Sold Separately"
Long Island Woman, September 1, 2020

In Love Sold Separately, Ellen Meister weaves a mystery with heart and has us rooting for Dana to the last page.

Read more
"Donna Rifkind’s The Sun and Her Stars"
Long Island Woman, February 1, 2020

The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Gold Age of Hollywood is a fascinating biography of Salka’s incredible life. She wrote many screen plays during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Read more
"Andrea Rothman’s The DNA of You and Me"
Long Island Woman, September 1, 2019

What is smell? Is it the actual fragrances, the physical structures of our nose, or the olfactory brain lobes that produce the sensation?

Read more
"What’s the Diagnosis?"
Long Island Special Child, May 1, 2009

Imagine you are a child having trouble hearing words in the proper context as in Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Read more
"Mariel Hemingway: Living the Good Life from the Inside Out"
Wellness: Newsday’s Guide to Healthy Living, December 1, 2008

“Aren’t the holidays so stressful? You have to make a concentrated effort to take time for yourself,” says Mariel Hemingway, actress, writer, yogi and mother.

Read more
"It’s a Wrap: All My Children Shoots on Long Island"
Long Island Woman, September 1, 2008

The season started with a cold, windy May afternoon on the first day of shooting at Port-Washington-turned-Pine-Valley Yacht Club.

Read more
"Musicians On Call: Healing Power of Music"
Wellness: Newsday’s Guide to Healthy Living, October 1, 2007

The next time you go to the dentist or undergo surgery, you might be surprised that along with Novocain or anesthesia you may be treated with a new medical procedure, that’s actually ancient—music…

Read more
"Life in the hyperlocal trenches"
Quill: A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists, January 1, 2011

While I was writing recently for, the editor asked me to upload video off a Flip camera onto TwitVid.

Read more
"The Birth and Impact of Labor Unions"
AMAC Advantage, September 1, 2008

On Saturday, March 25, 1911, near closing time after a long 12-hour day, a fire ignited on one of the floors of The Triangle Shirtwaist Company, located on Washington Place in Manhattan.

Read more
"MEWsings: Women’s Work", July 17, 2010

She wakes at dawn. She brews a pot of coffee, carefully placing the cast iron pot filled with water and coffee grains on top of burning wood in the fireplace…

Read more
"MEWsings: Heroes Among Us", June 10, 2010

Soybeans and cornmeal kept the eldest member of the American Legion Post 175, Arnold Bocksel, alive through three-and-a-half grueling years as a prisoner of war in various Philippine war camps during WWII…

Read more
"MEWsings: UA Cinema 150", April 26, 2010

In 1978, Mary M. and I saw the movie of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees.

Read more
"Eat Out, Eat Right column: Fusion Fare"
Wellness: Newsday’s Guide to Healthy Living, September 1, 2008

East meets west! Fusion cuisine blends two elements in one dish…

Read more
"Eat Out, Eat Right column: Italian Fare"
Wellness: Newsday’s Guide to Healthy Living, March 1, 2008

True Italian cuisine offers a veritable feast for the palate.

Read more
"You’re Going To Be 50 Anyway, So You Might As Well Bring It"
Scary Mommy, June 1, 2015

I just graduated from college again, and I’m poking 50 with a toothpick.

Read more
"Ten Paces behind John Westermann"
Stony Brook Southampton MFA, September 27, 2012

Chris Byrd advised, “Westermann’s good for you. It’s all plot,” after I read at the fall 2011 MFA Student Speaks. Embarrassed, I asked. “Who is he?”

Read more