JUDGE DANA MARKS ON THE IMMIGRATION COURT SYSTEM

JUDGE DANA MARKS ON THE IMMIGRATION COURT SYSTEM

https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/outsidenews/archive/2017/09/24/how-a-dire-immigration-court-backlog-affects-lives.aspx?Redirected=true When I was in practice I represented people in criminal cases but also in immigration court. Judge Dana Marks of the San Francisco Immigration court  was one of the finest jurists I ever appeared before in any court anywhere. She provides a compelling account of the mess in our immigration court system. Maybe someday …

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Shana Tova

Shana Tova

I wish all of my fellow Members of the Tribe a sweet, peaceful and joyous 5778. I wish the same to all people everywhere as well. I celebrated the holiday here in Bangkok with my fellow congregants at the Thailand Progressive Jewish Congregation. These photos of several members were taken today at Benjasiri Park where …

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THE NOSE JONES- First story I ever wrote

THE NOSE JONES- First story I ever wrote

This is the first fiction story I ever wrote. The first version was written for a creative writing class in college, and I submitted a revised version as part of my application for a Master’s Program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. A further revision was one of a collection of short stories presented …

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REAL LIFE LESSONS FOR CRIME FICTION WRITERS

REAL LIFE LESSONS FOR CRIME FICTION WRITERS

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/nyregion/brooklyn-body-cinder-block.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F09%2F05%2Fnyregion%2Fbrooklyn-body-cinder-block.html&eventName=Watching-article-click This is a great article to read if you are writing crime  novels or short stories, relevant to screen and script writing as well. It shows that organized crime, New York style, is still around, and still in the news. This means that there is going to be a audience for what is both …

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I HAVE FINISHED MY NOVEL-SORT OF

I HAVE FINISHED MY NOVEL-SORT OF

I am proud to announce that I have at last completed the first draft of the  novel I have been toiling away on for the past two years. The novel is tentatively titled “The NJA Club” and not surprisingly is set in Bangkok, where I’ve been living during that time. The protagonist is a former …

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KEYBANGERS BANGKOK

KEYBANGERS BANGKOK

One of the best things that has happened to me as a writer has been finding and joining Keybangers Bangkok, an English language writers group here in The Big Mango. For the past two years, Keybangers has been my support group, circle of critics  and best of all,  a source of friendships. As a writer, …

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CHECK OUT MY NEW HEADER IMAGE

CHECK OUT MY NEW HEADER IMAGE

You will see that the front page of the blog has a new header image, a tranquil scene of a book on the beach with a piece of driftwood. I found this on the internet;  the photographer is Ben White, who should be given due credit.  I hope you like it!

A FICTION WRITER LOOKS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE

A FICTION WRITER LOOKS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE

There is only one way of describing what just took place in Charlottesville, Virginia: a far right, racist and fascist assault on America, facilitated and made possible by the dangerous and demented person who currently occupies the White House. This is not a political blog. I have strong political opinions and regularly state them on …

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CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK OF MY BLOG

CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK OF MY BLOG

There are two systems used for blogs: Word Press and Wix. The former is far more common but the latter is much easier to use. I started with Word Press and by the time I realized just how difficult it was, I was in too deep to get out. Painful as it might be, I …

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READ MY LATEST PUBLISHED STORY

READ MY LATEST PUBLISHED STORY

My latest published short story can be found at: Welcome to the Jewish Literary Journal!   The story is titled “Teddy and His Mother”. To access it, click on the above link to the Jewish Literary Journal, click on  “Archives” menu at he top of the page, then on “Fiction” and you will see the …

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