adventure

  • New publisher seeks stories of Florida, Caribbean adventures

    May 7, 2012 Read More...

    Charles Kropke has launched Tropic Moon Press in Miami and is looking for both non-fiction and fiction stories set in Florida and the Caribbean.  My recent story in the South Florida Business Journal describes how Kropke is an adventurous businessman. He owns eco tourism company Dragonfly Expeditions and he�s reviving Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. As you […]

airport security

  • Airport Security Check

    November 24, 2010 Read More...

    What’s up with the increased security checks at airports? Full body scans? Invasive pat downs? Next time I finish clearing security, I’m going to get tested for STDs. I heard that the sexual offenders who lived under the causeway in Miami had all cleared out. They applied for positions in airport security. Is there a […]

alumni

anthony weiner

  • Job options for Anthomy Weiner

    June 17, 2011 Read More...

    Poor Huma! Not only is hubby Anthony Weiner a twitter cheater and a pervert, he is unemployed now too. Barbara Walters said she is worried about Weiner getting a job because politics is all he knows. So I will help him and Huma out by offering some bold choices for Weiner’s next career move. – […]

apocalyptic

  • Lessons from successful authors on Striking Terror panel at Book Fair

    November 19, 2012 Read More...

    I had a pleasure of introducing three successful apocalyptic horror authors at the Miami International Book Fair�s �Striking Terror� panel. Hugh Howey, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes all had some great advice that I�d like to share. First, some background on the authors. Howey started as a self-published author and then Wool caught fire and […]

art

  • Cover revealed: Silence the Living

    January 22, 2018 Read More...

    This book release is feeling more real every day. Here�s the cover for “Silence the Living”. My idea was to show our cursed hero Moni Williams in the New Mexico desert at night, staring at an army of glowing purple eyes from beasts that are threatening her. Initially, I tried to find a photographer with […]

Arts

  • New Wynwood could price out hipsters who made it thrive

    September 18, 2015 Read More...

    In Miami real estate, you either sprint or fall on your face. There’s no such thing as steady growth. So goes the case with Wynwood.Creative planning by artists and local investors transformed the neighborhood from empty warehouses into a district with stunning street art, popular restaurants and bars and emerging retail. It’s expected that property […]

audio books

  • Mute jumps off the page as artistic audio

    July 20, 2012 Read More...

    Book trailers, ah yes, they have been done before. It would have been fun to see some actors try to play out a scene in Mute, but that�s not what I�m really offering to readers. You can�t download a Mute movie, so I�m not going to tease people with one. I wanted to make a […]

authors

  • Guess who�s speaking at the Miami Book Fair this year�Me!

    September 25, 2013 Read More...

    I�m thrilled to be one of the authors the Miami Book FairInternational has invited to speak this year. If you haven�t attended the fair, it�s a must-see event for book lovers. Thousands of people pack the Miami Dade College campus downtown, where there are hundreds of street vendors and presentations from notable authors from around […]

automobiles

  • Carspotting in Israel, an international menu of automobiles

    June 26, 2016 Read More...

    During my two-week vacation in Israel, I did a lot of double takes at the car logos. What’s that lion? That’s not the “S” for Subaru or Suzuki, so what is it? Who makes a car with a winged arrow? The selection of cars in Israel is even more international than in the United States. […]

bands

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

banking

baseball

  • Marlins thumb their nose at Miami and embarrass baseball

    November 14, 2012 Read More...

    Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria  hoodwinked Miami-Dade County politicians into financing his stadium and then he faked out baseball fans with the mirage of fielding a legitimate major league team. The Marlins� fire sale trade to Toronto essentially rids of the team of all the players making more than chicken scratch (by pro athlete standards). […]

Bob Menendez

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

book reviews

  • Latest Read: Think of a Number

    September 5, 2011 Read More...

    I just finished reading John Verdon’s murder mystery thriller Think of a Number, which I picked up from Books & Books in Coral Gables. This was his debut from 2010 and it left me impressed. The story follows “retired” New York police officer Dave Gurney as he tracks a serial killer who intentionally leaves evidence […]

book signings

  • My 2014 plans: Book signing, new novel release, big sequel brewing

    January 3, 2014 Read More...

    After reaching so many milestones last year both professionally and personally, I have more groundbreaking writing planned for 2014. First up, I�m doing a book signing at the renowned Books & Books in Coral Gables on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. I�ll read a chapter from Mute � I have one in mind but I�m […]

book stores

  • Murder on the Beach gets Famous After Death

    August 28, 2015 Read More...

    I just delivered copies of my novel Famous After Death to the delightful Murder on the Beach independent bookstore in Delray Beach. It’s in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood just north of downtown, an area that’s always a blast to visit for its restaurants, bars and shops. Come see me at Murder on the Beach on […]

book trailers

  • Mute jumps off the page as artistic audio

    July 20, 2012 Read More...

    Book trailers, ah yes, they have been done before. It would have been fun to see some actors try to play out a scene in Mute, but that�s not what I�m really offering to readers. You can�t download a Mute movie, so I�m not going to tease people with one. I wanted to make a […]

books

  • South Florida book signings set as Silence the Living makes Kindle debut

    August 9, 2018 Read More...

    I�ve been booked at four events in South Florida this fall as my novel �Silence the Living� rolls out. For over four years, I�ve been imagining the world of his scary science fiction novel and painstakingly crafting it word-by-word. I�m excited to share those words, and to see the thrills, fright and shock of readers […]

Brian Williams

  • Brian Williams shouldn�t return to NBC News

    February 11, 2015 Read More...

    Did I ever tell you about the time I broke out of Saddam Hussein�s prison with a nail filer, stormed his palace single-handedly and escaped seconds before the entire complex exploded? No? Good, because it didn�t happen. If only Brian Williams could separate fact from fantasy. The six month suspension NBC News slapped evening news […]

bullying

business

careers

Caribbean

  • New publisher seeks stories of Florida, Caribbean adventures

    May 7, 2012 Read More...

    Charles Kropke has launched Tropic Moon Press in Miami and is looking for both non-fiction and fiction stories set in Florida and the Caribbean.  My recent story in the South Florida Business Journal describes how Kropke is an adventurous businessman. He owns eco tourism company Dragonfly Expeditions and he�s reviving Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. As you […]

cars

  • Carspotting in Israel, an international menu of automobiles

    June 26, 2016 Read More...

    During my two-week vacation in Israel, I did a lot of double takes at the car logos. What’s that lion? That’s not the “S” for Subaru or Suzuki, so what is it? Who makes a car with a winged arrow? The selection of cars in Israel is even more international than in the United States. […]

cats

  • Make your bookworm squirm with chilling Halloween reads

    October 10, 2012 Read More...

    Stuffed werewolves and plastic skeletons are mildly frightful, but real terror comes when the imagination is stimulated, especially by a haunting story. Sometimes a creepy book can conjure up the most fear on Halloween. While it isn�t hard to find classics like Pet Sematary, there is a new breed of novel awaiting readers that enjoy […]

Charlie Crist

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

college athletics

  • Unionizing college athletes the right step for this multi-billion-dollar business

    March 27, 2014 Read More...

    The recent ruling that Northwestern University football players can form a union has pierced the farce that this multi-billion-dollar industry is all about amateur student athletes. While there is great value in the scholarships the student athletes receive, that�s nothing compared to the $18 billion in TV rights for football bowl games and the basketball […]

comics

  • Who would banker Alan Levan be in scifi/comics?

    November 2, 2011 Read More...

    Alan Levan pulled off a galactic-sized deal today. The chairman and CEO of BankAtlantic Bancorp (BBX) agreed to sell the good assets of his bank to BB&T while leaving the more problematic assets and the corporate debt with the holding company. You can read the serious part of my storyat the South Florida Business Journal. […]

concussions

  • Unionizing college athletes the right step for this multi-billion-dollar business

    March 27, 2014 Read More...

    The recent ruling that Northwestern University football players can form a union has pierced the farce that this multi-billion-dollar industry is all about amateur student athletes. While there is great value in the scholarships the student athletes receive, that�s nothing compared to the $18 billion in TV rights for football bowl games and the basketball […]

confessional

  • All set for my Miami Book Fair presentation

    November 18, 2013 Read More...

    One week away from my presentation at the Miami Book Fair International and I�m itching to go. This speech will be more emotional than anything I�ve ever done. Yes, I�ve spoken to large groups before. Usually the focus is journalism, social media or tips on writing. This time it�ll be personal. It�s been difficult to […]

Congress

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

crime

  • How many people need to die on Facebook Live until tech giant pulls the plug?

    April 26, 2017 Read More...

    Sadly, people are murdered and committee suicide every day. Few of these incidents attract the global spotlight. That�s where Facebook Live and other instantaneous social media platforms come in. Steve Stephens gained his 15 minutes of fame by fatally shooting complete stranger Robert Godwin, 74, in Cleveland live on Facebook. In Thailand, Wuttisan Wongtalay hung […]

detective

  • Latest Read: Think of a Number

    September 5, 2011 Read More...

    I just finished reading John Verdon’s murder mystery thriller Think of a Number, which I picked up from Books & Books in Coral Gables. This was his debut from 2010 and it left me impressed. The story follows “retired” New York police officer Dave Gurney as he tracks a serial killer who intentionally leaves evidence […]

donations

  • What I would make Miami Art Museum do for $35M

    January 24, 2012 Read More...

    What�s with all the bellyaching over Related Group�s Jorge Perez asking the Miami Art Museum to take on his name in exchange for a $35 million donation? A recent CBS4/Miami Herald poll found that 54 percent of local residents said it was a bad idea. I don�t think the new name, the Jorge M. Perez […]

e-books

  • My 2014 plans: Book signing, new novel release, big sequel brewing

    January 3, 2014 Read More...

    After reaching so many milestones last year both professionally and personally, I have more groundbreaking writing planned for 2014. First up, I�m doing a book signing at the renowned Books & Books in Coral Gables on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. I�ll read a chapter from Mute � I have one in mind but I�m […]

ebooks

  • Time to get physical: Mute�s coming out in print

    February 18, 2013 Read More...

    For over a year I�ve told anyone who would listen that ebooks are the future and so I�m fine with my novel Mute being available only on Kindle. Well, sometimes you�ve got to go back to your roots to go forward. I�m pleased to announce that Silver Leaf Books is putting Mute into print. That�s […]

election

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

events

  • South Florida book signings set as Silence the Living makes Kindle debut

    August 9, 2018 Read More...

    I�ve been booked at four events in South Florida this fall as my novel �Silence the Living� rolls out. For over four years, I�ve been imagining the world of his scary science fiction novel and painstakingly crafting it word-by-word. I�m excited to share those words, and to see the thrills, fright and shock of readers […]

FAA

  • Wake up! Worst professions to be caught sleeping at

    April 19, 2011 Read More...

    In honor of the FAA and the air traffic controllers all across the country getting busted for sleeping on the job, I’ve compiled this list of the worst professions to be caught nodding off. Middle school teacher: Imagine what the kids would do the the classroom, especially a science lab with chemicals and burners.  Border […]

fairs

  • Guess who�s speaking at the Miami Book Fair this year�Me!

    September 25, 2013 Read More...

    I�m thrilled to be one of the authors the Miami Book FairInternational has invited to speak this year. If you haven�t attended the fair, it�s a must-see event for book lovers. Thousands of people pack the Miami Dade College campus downtown, where there are hundreds of street vendors and presentations from notable authors from around […]

fantasy

  • My favorite books from emerging authors

    July 1, 2012 Read More...

    I�ve been using Authonomy, a website by HarperCollins that writer�s utilize  to trade feedback, since 2009 and I�ve commented on over 500 books. Not all of them are brilliant and, often, I do my best to help aspiring writers improve their novels. Occasionally though, I find some real gems.  Authonomy has given me a free […]

fiction

  • Cover revealed: Silence the Living

    January 22, 2018 Read More...

    This book release is feeling more real every day. Here�s the cover for “Silence the Living”. My idea was to show our cursed hero Moni Williams in the New Mexico desert at night, staring at an army of glowing purple eyes from beasts that are threatening her. Initially, I tried to find a photographer with […]

fighting

  • An action-packed short story will be my next release

    June 8, 2014 Read More...

    I�ve been thrown a curveball in my writing career this year. I hoped to show everybody my second novel Famous After Death but, due to circumstances beyond my control, its release with Silver Leaf Books has been delayed a year. The bright side of that, for readers especially, is that I�m about to share an […]

flash

  • Who would banker Alan Levan be in scifi/comics?

    November 2, 2011 Read More...

    Alan Levan pulled off a galactic-sized deal today. The chairman and CEO of BankAtlantic Bancorp (BBX) agreed to sell the good assets of his bank to BB&T while leaving the more problematic assets and the corporate debt with the holding company. You can read the serious part of my storyat the South Florida Business Journal. […]

Florida

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

food

  • My observations about life in Israel

    June 22, 2016 Read More...

    After spending two weeks in Israel, I learned a lot about what it�s like to live there. While there are so many things I have yet to grasp about life in the Holy Land, let me share my observations – both big and small – with you. The condo boom followed me! There are more […]

frankenstein

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

gay marriage

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

golems

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

hacking

  • Hacking isn�t journalism, it�s a crime

    October 16, 2016 Read More...

    I might take heat from other journalists for saying this, but someone needs to speak up. Hacking to obtain information isn�t journalism. It�s a crime, and journalists should stop supporting it. The way many news outlets are covering WikiLeak�s irresponsible data dump, including personal passwords stolen from emails, is encouraging the hackers. The chairman of […]

Halloween

  • Make your bookworm squirm with chilling Halloween reads

    October 10, 2012 Read More...

    Stuffed werewolves and plastic skeletons are mildly frightful, but real terror comes when the imagination is stimulated, especially by a haunting story. Sometimes a creepy book can conjure up the most fear on Halloween. While it isn�t hard to find classics like Pet Sematary, there is a new breed of novel awaiting readers that enjoy […]

honesty

  • Brian Williams shouldn�t return to NBC News

    February 11, 2015 Read More...

    Did I ever tell you about the time I broke out of Saddam Hussein�s prison with a nail filer, stormed his palace single-handedly and escaped seconds before the entire complex exploded? No? Good, because it didn�t happen. If only Brian Williams could separate fact from fantasy. The six month suspension NBC News slapped evening news […]

horror

  • Lessons from successful authors on Striking Terror panel at Book Fair

    November 19, 2012 Read More...

    I had a pleasure of introducing three successful apocalyptic horror authors at the Miami International Book Fair�s �Striking Terror� panel. Hugh Howey, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes all had some great advice that I�d like to share. First, some background on the authors. Howey started as a self-published author and then Wool caught fire and […]

humor

  • Strikes and strings: Five ways to spice up Marlins games with musical instruments

    September 3, 2018 Read More...

    The Miami Marlins are desperate, and not just for wins. The team is last in MLB in attendance after beginning yet another roster rebuild. Ownership�s solution? Bring on the drums!Derek Jeter�s team will turn a section of the outfield stands next year into �Comunidad 305�, where musical instruments and flags will be encouraged. Marlins Park, […]

inspiration

  • Why I needed Tori Amos� music to write my novel

    September 3, 2012 Read More...

    For anyone who took the time to read the acknowledgements page of my novel Mute before the story starts, you might wonder why I thanked musician Tori Amos. No, Tori wasn�t my editor. She was more like my muse. I do most of my writing with a nice jolt of caffeine and music playing. The […]

Israel

  • Carspotting in Israel, an international menu of automobiles

    June 26, 2016 Read More...

    During my two-week vacation in Israel, I did a lot of double takes at the car logos. What’s that lion? That’s not the “S” for Subaru or Suzuki, so what is it? Who makes a car with a winged arrow? The selection of cars in Israel is even more international than in the United States. […]

journalism

  • Hacking isn�t journalism, it�s a crime

    October 16, 2016 Read More...

    I might take heat from other journalists for saying this, but someone needs to speak up. Hacking to obtain information isn�t journalism. It�s a crime, and journalists should stop supporting it. The way many news outlets are covering WikiLeak�s irresponsible data dump, including personal passwords stolen from emails, is encouraging the hackers. The chairman of […]

judiasm

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

kobo

  • E-Book Excitement at the Book Fair

    November 21, 2011 Read More...

    I�d like to share some great insights on the e-book market that I recently picked up. I introduced a panel on e-books at the Miami International Book Fair on Nov. 20. It was organized by Christopher Kenneally, of Copyright Clearance Center, and included Ami Greko, of the Kobo e-reader, and Argentinean publisher Ana Maria Cabanellas. […]

Latin America

  • E-Book Excitement at the Book Fair

    I�d like to share some great insights on the e-book market that I recently picked up. I introduced a panel on e-books at the Miami International Book Fair on Nov. 20. It was organized by Christopher Kenneally, of Copyright Clearance Center, and included Ami Greko, of the Kobo e-reader, and Argentinean publisher Ana Maria Cabanellas. […]

lazy

  • Wake up! Worst professions to be caught sleeping at

    April 19, 2011 Read More...

    In honor of the FAA and the air traffic controllers all across the country getting busted for sleeping on the job, I’ve compiled this list of the worst professions to be caught nodding off. Middle school teacher: Imagine what the kids would do the the classroom, especially a science lab with chemicals and burners.  Border […]

leaks

  • North Korea had a partner in success of Sony hack: the media

    December 24, 2014 Read More...

    As stunning as North Korea�s brazen hack of Sony Pictures was, the communist dictatorship wouldn�t have been so successful if it wasn�t for the media playing along. It�s an unlikely alliance, a country with no free expression with only state-run media and the unabashedly unrestrained media of democracy. The hackers fed the information they stole […]

lebron

  • What LeBron�s departure says about Miami

    July 11, 2014 Read More...

    Beyond the sports and the economic impact of LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat, it says something significant about the way people view Miami. In his Sports Illustrated article, LeBron said Miami was like a �college for other kids� and he�ll always think of Miami as a �second home.� His heart is in Northeast Ohio. […]

Leonard Pitts

  • Lifting the curtain on my next novel – Famous After Death

    December 7, 2011 Read More...

    I did it! I completed the first draft of my next novel, Famous After Death. I still have Mute coming out in 2012 with Silver Leaf Books. I will take that baby through the editing process with my publisher and then we�ll announce the launch date. I haven�t been sitting on my hands all this […]

libel

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

lyrics

  • Why I needed Tori Amos� music to write my novel

    September 3, 2012 Read More...

    For anyone who took the time to read the acknowledgements page of my novel Mute before the story starts, you might wonder why I thanked musician Tori Amos. No, Tori wasn�t my editor. She was more like my muse. I do most of my writing with a nice jolt of caffeine and music playing. The […]

marijuana

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

media

  • Eight ways the iPhone has changed society in 10 years

    June 30, 2017 Read More...

    On June 29, 2007, the day the iPhone first went on sale, it would have been hard for anyone to imagine the monumental impact the device has had on society, even now-late Apple CEO Steven Jobs. Ushering in the smart phone era has changed the way people interact, and perhaps even re-wired the brain. It […]

medicine

  • An action-packed short story will be my next release

    June 8, 2014 Read More...

    I�ve been thrown a curveball in my writing career this year. I hoped to show everybody my second novel Famous After Death but, due to circumstances beyond my control, its release with Silver Leaf Books has been delayed a year. The bright side of that, for readers especially, is that I�m about to share an […]

metal

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

Miami

  • Miami�s wealthy have failed the Frost Museum of Science

    February 15, 2016 Read More...

    Seemingly everyone in Miami loves the idea of a world class science museum downtown but few are willing to pay for its construction, except for public officials using taxpayer money and the Frosts. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science would be a showcase for wonder and innovation in the heart of the city. […]

miami dolphins

  • Untimely death of Miami Dolphins stadium funding push lacks closure

    May 5, 2013 Read More...

    Whichever side of the debate over public funding for the Miami Dolphins� renovation of Sun Life Stadium you were on, the biggest frustration all sides can share is that the way the measure died left no closure on the issue. That means the stadium won�t look like this: Thousands of people had already cast their […]

Miami Heat

  • What LeBron�s departure says about Miami

    July 11, 2014 Read More...

    Beyond the sports and the economic impact of LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat, it says something significant about the way people view Miami. In his Sports Illustrated article, LeBron said Miami was like a �college for other kids� and he�ll always think of Miami as a �second home.� His heart is in Northeast Ohio. […]

mixed-martial arts

  • An action-packed short story will be my next release

    June 8, 2014 Read More...

    I�ve been thrown a curveball in my writing career this year. I hoped to show everybody my second novel Famous After Death but, due to circumstances beyond my control, its release with Silver Leaf Books has been delayed a year. The bright side of that, for readers especially, is that I�m about to share an […]

MMA

  • An action-packed short story will be my next release

    I�ve been thrown a curveball in my writing career this year. I hoped to show everybody my second novel Famous After Death but, due to circumstances beyond my control, its release with Silver Leaf Books has been delayed a year. The bright side of that, for readers especially, is that I�m about to share an […]

mobile

  • Eight ways the iPhone has changed society in 10 years

    June 30, 2017 Read More...

    On June 29, 2007, the day the iPhone first went on sale, it would have been hard for anyone to imagine the monumental impact the device has had on society, even now-late Apple CEO Steven Jobs. Ushering in the smart phone era has changed the way people interact, and perhaps even re-wired the brain. It […]

money laundering

  • The Panama Papers: Money laundering loopholes are nothing new

    April 19, 2016 Read More...

    No one who�s been paying attention to the real estate or financial markets should be surprised over the off-shore tax havens and money laundering schemes uncovered by the release of the Panama Papers. World governments have been aware of these loopholes for years. The only question: Will the publicity storm prompt the United States and […]

movies

  • North Korea had a partner in success of Sony hack: the media

    December 24, 2014 Read More...

    As stunning as North Korea�s brazen hack of Sony Pictures was, the communist dictatorship wouldn�t have been so successful if it wasn�t for the media playing along. It�s an unlikely alliance, a country with no free expression with only state-run media and the unabashedly unrestrained media of democracy. The hackers fed the information they stole […]

murder

  • My 2014 plans: Book signing, new novel release, big sequel brewing

    January 3, 2014 Read More...

    After reaching so many milestones last year both professionally and personally, I have more groundbreaking writing planned for 2014. First up, I�m doing a book signing at the renowned Books & Books in Coral Gables on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. I�ll read a chapter from Mute � I have one in mind but I�m […]

murder mystery

  • All set for my Miami Book Fair presentation

    November 18, 2013 Read More...

    One week away from my presentation at the Miami Book Fair International and I�m itching to go. This speech will be more emotional than anything I�ve ever done. Yes, I�ve spoken to large groups before. Usually the focus is journalism, social media or tips on writing. This time it�ll be personal. It�s been difficult to […]

museums

  • Miami�s wealthy have failed the Frost Museum of Science

    February 15, 2016 Read More...

    Seemingly everyone in Miami loves the idea of a world class science museum downtown but few are willing to pay for its construction, except for public officials using taxpayer money and the Frosts. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science would be a showcase for wonder and innovation in the heart of the city. […]

music

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

music videos

  • Why I needed Tori Amos� music to write my novel

    September 3, 2012 Read More...

    For anyone who took the time to read the acknowledgements page of my novel Mute before the story starts, you might wonder why I thanked musician Tori Amos. No, Tori wasn�t my editor. She was more like my muse. I do most of my writing with a nice jolt of caffeine and music playing. The […]

mute

  • Mute jumps off the page as artistic audio

    July 20, 2012 Read More...

    Book trailers, ah yes, they have been done before. It would have been fun to see some actors try to play out a scene in Mute, but that�s not what I�m really offering to readers. You can�t download a Mute movie, so I�m not going to tease people with one. I wanted to make a […]

mysteries

  • My 2014 plans: Book signing, new novel release, big sequel brewing

    January 3, 2014 Read More...

    After reaching so many milestones last year both professionally and personally, I have more groundbreaking writing planned for 2014. First up, I�m doing a book signing at the renowned Books & Books in Coral Gables on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. I�ll read a chapter from Mute � I have one in mind but I�m […]

mystery

  • Time to get physical: Mute�s coming out in print

    February 18, 2013 Read More...

    For over a year I�ve told anyone who would listen that ebooks are the future and so I�m fine with my novel Mute being available only on Kindle. Well, sometimes you�ve got to go back to your roots to go forward. I�m pleased to announce that Silver Leaf Books is putting Mute into print. That�s […]

mysticism

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

NCAA

  • Unionizing college athletes the right step for this multi-billion-dollar business

    March 27, 2014 Read More...

    The recent ruling that Northwestern University football players can form a union has pierced the farce that this multi-billion-dollar industry is all about amateur student athletes. While there is great value in the scholarships the student athletes receive, that�s nothing compared to the $18 billion in TV rights for football bowl games and the basketball […]

news

  • Brian Williams shouldn�t return to NBC News

    February 11, 2015 Read More...

    Did I ever tell you about the time I broke out of Saddam Hussein�s prison with a nail filer, stormed his palace single-handedly and escaped seconds before the entire complex exploded? No? Good, because it didn�t happen. If only Brian Williams could separate fact from fantasy. The six month suspension NBC News slapped evening news […]

newspapers

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

north korea

  • North Korea had a partner in success of Sony hack: the media

    December 24, 2014 Read More...

    As stunning as North Korea�s brazen hack of Sony Pictures was, the communist dictatorship wouldn�t have been so successful if it wasn�t for the media playing along. It�s an unlikely alliance, a country with no free expression with only state-run media and the unabashedly unrestrained media of democracy. The hackers fed the information they stole […]

Northwestern University

  • Unionizing college athletes the right step for this multi-billion-dollar business

    March 27, 2014 Read More...

    The recent ruling that Northwestern University football players can form a union has pierced the farce that this multi-billion-dollar industry is all about amateur student athletes. While there is great value in the scholarships the student athletes receive, that�s nothing compared to the $18 billion in TV rights for football bowl games and the basketball […]

novels

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

panama papers

  • The Panama Papers: Money laundering loopholes are nothing new

    April 19, 2016 Read More...

    No one who�s been paying attention to the real estate or financial markets should be surprised over the off-shore tax havens and money laundering schemes uncovered by the release of the Panama Papers. World governments have been aware of these loopholes for years. The only question: Will the publicity storm prompt the United States and […]

philanthropy

  • Miami�s wealthy have failed the Frost Museum of Science

    February 15, 2016 Read More...

    Seemingly everyone in Miami loves the idea of a world class science museum downtown but few are willing to pay for its construction, except for public officials using taxpayer money and the Frosts. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science would be a showcase for wonder and innovation in the heart of the city. […]

photography

  • Mute jumps off the page as artistic audio

    July 20, 2012 Read More...

    Book trailers, ah yes, they have been done before. It would have been fun to see some actors try to play out a scene in Mute, but that�s not what I�m really offering to readers. You can�t download a Mute movie, so I�m not going to tease people with one. I wanted to make a […]

politics

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

pranks

  • What could inspire me to write something so outrageous?

    June 28, 2015 Read More...

    Now that �Famous After Death� is finally out and people can actually read it (without hacking into my computer) I�m sure people who know me and race through the first chapter will wonder what inspired me to write this. The thriller starts with three Miami teenagers dangling a blowup doll over a highway overpass at […]

prostitution

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

public speaking

  • All set for my Miami Book Fair presentation

    November 18, 2013 Read More...

    One week away from my presentation at the Miami Book Fair International and I�m itching to go. This speech will be more emotional than anything I�ve ever done. Yes, I�ve spoken to large groups before. Usually the focus is journalism, social media or tips on writing. This time it�ll be personal. It�s been difficult to […]

publishing

  • Time to get physical: Mute�s coming out in print

    February 18, 2013 Read More...

    For over a year I�ve told anyone who would listen that ebooks are the future and so I�m fine with my novel Mute being available only on Kindle. Well, sometimes you�ve got to go back to your roots to go forward. I�m pleased to announce that Silver Leaf Books is putting Mute into print. That�s […]

rabbis

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

radio

  • My radio interview: What drives teenagers to murder?

    August 23, 2015 Read More...

    Cyrus Webb interviewed me for his ConversationsLIVE show on Blog Talk Radio this week. After reading my novel Famous After Death and writing a glowing review of the book, he asked me in-depth questions where the story came from. Here�s a sample of what went down on the air: When did you first have the […]

real estate

  • My observations about life in Israel

    June 22, 2016 Read More...

    After spending two weeks in Israel, I learned a lot about what it�s like to live there. While there are so many things I have yet to grasp about life in the Holy Land, let me share my observations – both big and small – with you. The condo boom followed me! There are more […]

Rick Scott

  • Six questions for Florida�s November elections

    August 28, 2014 Read More...

    Florida’s Aug. 26 primary (as pathetic as the turnout was) set the stage for some high stakes races in the Nov. 4 election. Here are six questions I have about those contests. Who is the worst, dirty, baby stealing scoundrel, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott? The campaign ads have been 99 percent negative and we�ve […]

romance

  • My favorite books from emerging authors

    July 1, 2012 Read More...

    I�ve been using Authonomy, a website by HarperCollins that writer�s utilize  to trade feedback, since 2009 and I�ve commented on over 500 books. Not all of them are brilliant and, often, I do my best to help aspiring writers improve their novels. Occasionally though, I find some real gems.  Authonomy has given me a free […]

scandal

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

scary stories

  • Make your bookworm squirm with chilling Halloween reads

    October 10, 2012 Read More...

    Stuffed werewolves and plastic skeletons are mildly frightful, but real terror comes when the imagination is stimulated, especially by a haunting story. Sometimes a creepy book can conjure up the most fear on Halloween. While it isn�t hard to find classics like Pet Sematary, there is a new breed of novel awaiting readers that enjoy […]

science

  • Miami�s wealthy have failed the Frost Museum of Science

    February 15, 2016 Read More...

    Seemingly everyone in Miami loves the idea of a world class science museum downtown but few are willing to pay for its construction, except for public officials using taxpayer money and the Frosts. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science would be a showcase for wonder and innovation in the heart of the city. […]

science fiction

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

security

  • My observations about life in Israel

    June 22, 2016 Read More...

    After spending two weeks in Israel, I learned a lot about what it�s like to live there. While there are so many things I have yet to grasp about life in the Holy Land, let me share my observations – both big and small – with you. The condo boom followed me! There are more […]

senator

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

short stories

  • An action-packed short story will be my next release

    June 8, 2014 Read More...

    I�ve been thrown a curveball in my writing career this year. I hoped to show everybody my second novel Famous After Death but, due to circumstances beyond my control, its release with Silver Leaf Books has been delayed a year. The bright side of that, for readers especially, is that I�m about to share an […]

sleep

  • Wake up! Worst professions to be caught sleeping at

    April 19, 2011 Read More...

    In honor of the FAA and the air traffic controllers all across the country getting busted for sleeping on the job, I’ve compiled this list of the worst professions to be caught nodding off. Middle school teacher: Imagine what the kids would do the the classroom, especially a science lab with chemicals and burners.  Border […]

social behavior

  • Eight ways the iPhone has changed society in 10 years

    June 30, 2017 Read More...

    On June 29, 2007, the day the iPhone first went on sale, it would have been hard for anyone to imagine the monumental impact the device has had on society, even now-late Apple CEO Steven Jobs. Ushering in the smart phone era has changed the way people interact, and perhaps even re-wired the brain. It […]

social media

  • Eight ways the iPhone has changed society in 10 years

    On June 29, 2007, the day the iPhone first went on sale, it would have been hard for anyone to imagine the monumental impact the device has had on society, even now-late Apple CEO Steven Jobs. Ushering in the smart phone era has changed the way people interact, and perhaps even re-wired the brain. It […]

spiders

  • Make your bookworm squirm with chilling Halloween reads

    October 10, 2012 Read More...

    Stuffed werewolves and plastic skeletons are mildly frightful, but real terror comes when the imagination is stimulated, especially by a haunting story. Sometimes a creepy book can conjure up the most fear on Halloween. While it isn�t hard to find classics like Pet Sematary, there is a new breed of novel awaiting readers that enjoy […]

spirits

  • Raising a Golem, and other fun features of Jewish mysticism

    June 23, 2013 Read More...

    Is raising a golem � turning a mound of dirt into a super powerful humanoid � folklore or is it a part of Jewish history? The more I read into it, the more I found a case for the latter. A friend from Chabad lent me The Golem of Prague by Gershon Winkler, which recalls […]

sports

  • Strikes and strings: Five ways to spice up Marlins games with musical instruments

    September 3, 2018 Read More...

    The Miami Marlins are desperate, and not just for wins. The team is last in MLB in attendance after beginning yet another roster rebuild. Ownership�s solution? Bring on the drums!Derek Jeter�s team will turn a section of the outfield stands next year into �Comunidad 305�, where musical instruments and flags will be encouraged. Marlins Park, […]

sports business

  • Unionizing college athletes the right step for this multi-billion-dollar business

    March 27, 2014 Read More...

    The recent ruling that Northwestern University football players can form a union has pierced the farce that this multi-billion-dollar industry is all about amateur student athletes. While there is great value in the scholarships the student athletes receive, that�s nothing compared to the $18 billion in TV rights for football bowl games and the basketball […]

stadiums

  • Untimely death of Miami Dolphins stadium funding push lacks closure

    May 5, 2013 Read More...

    Whichever side of the debate over public funding for the Miami Dolphins� renovation of Sun Life Stadium you were on, the biggest frustration all sides can share is that the way the measure died left no closure on the issue. That means the stadium won�t look like this: Thousands of people had already cast their […]

star wars

  • Who would banker Alan Levan be in scifi/comics?

    November 2, 2011 Read More...

    Alan Levan pulled off a galactic-sized deal today. The chairman and CEO of BankAtlantic Bancorp (BBX) agreed to sell the good assets of his bank to BB&T while leaving the more problematic assets and the corporate debt with the holding company. You can read the serious part of my storyat the South Florida Business Journal. […]

stocks

  • Who would banker Alan Levan be in scifi/comics?

    Alan Levan pulled off a galactic-sized deal today. The chairman and CEO of BankAtlantic Bancorp (BBX) agreed to sell the good assets of his bank to BB&T while leaving the more problematic assets and the corporate debt with the holding company. You can read the serious part of my storyat the South Florida Business Journal. […]

submissions

  • New publisher seeks stories of Florida, Caribbean adventures

    May 7, 2012 Read More...

    Charles Kropke has launched Tropic Moon Press in Miami and is looking for both non-fiction and fiction stories set in Florida and the Caribbean.  My recent story in the South Florida Business Journal describes how Kropke is an adventurous businessman. He owns eco tourism company Dragonfly Expeditions and he�s reviving Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. As you […]

the interview

  • North Korea had a partner in success of Sony hack: the media

    December 24, 2014 Read More...

    As stunning as North Korea�s brazen hack of Sony Pictures was, the communist dictatorship wouldn�t have been so successful if it wasn�t for the media playing along. It�s an unlikely alliance, a country with no free expression with only state-run media and the unabashedly unrestrained media of democracy. The hackers fed the information they stole […]

the Keys

  • New publisher seeks stories of Florida, Caribbean adventures

    May 7, 2012 Read More...

    Charles Kropke has launched Tropic Moon Press in Miami and is looking for both non-fiction and fiction stories set in Florida and the Caribbean.  My recent story in the South Florida Business Journal describes how Kropke is an adventurous businessman. He owns eco tourism company Dragonfly Expeditions and he�s reviving Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. As you […]

the media

  • North Korea had a partner in success of Sony hack: the media

    December 24, 2014 Read More...

    As stunning as North Korea�s brazen hack of Sony Pictures was, the communist dictatorship wouldn�t have been so successful if it wasn�t for the media playing along. It�s an unlikely alliance, a country with no free expression with only state-run media and the unabashedly unrestrained media of democracy. The hackers fed the information they stole […]

thrillers

Tori Amos

  • Why I needed Tori Amos� music to write my novel

    September 3, 2012 Read More...

    For anyone who took the time to read the acknowledgements page of my novel Mute before the story starts, you might wonder why I thanked musician Tori Amos. No, Tori wasn�t my editor. She was more like my muse. I do most of my writing with a nice jolt of caffeine and music playing. The […]

trades

  • Marlins thumb their nose at Miami and embarrass baseball

    November 14, 2012 Read More...

    Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria  hoodwinked Miami-Dade County politicians into financing his stadium and then he faked out baseball fans with the mirage of fielding a legitimate major league team. The Marlins� fire sale trade to Toronto essentially rids of the team of all the players making more than chicken scratch (by pro athlete standards). […]

travel

  • My observations about life in Israel

    June 22, 2016 Read More...

    After spending two weeks in Israel, I learned a lot about what it�s like to live there. While there are so many things I have yet to grasp about life in the Holy Land, let me share my observations – both big and small – with you. The condo boom followed me! There are more […]

trucks

  • Carspotting in Israel, an international menu of automobiles

    June 26, 2016 Read More...

    During my two-week vacation in Israel, I did a lot of double takes at the car logos. What’s that lion? That’s not the “S” for Subaru or Suzuki, so what is it? Who makes a car with a winged arrow? The selection of cars in Israel is even more international than in the United States. […]

TV news

  • Media screwed up big time on smear of Senator Menendez

    March 27, 2013 Read More...

    In an age when an unproven accusation can spread like wildfire on the Internet, too many media outlets are guilty of repeating shoddy information that damages reputations. That�s what happened to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  It started when The Daily Caller, a conservative website, publicized a story shortly before election day citing confidential sources […]

UM

Uncategorized

  • My new novel is in my publisher�s inbox

    August 10, 2017 Read More...

    I�ve been over every word at least five times, more than 130,000 of them. I�ve reviewed over 150 writing samples from other authors in exchange for feedback. I�ve walked around my neighborhood imaging a creature mutated by aliens that lurks in Florida�s underground waterways. And still, I needed a deep breath before I hit �send.� […]

university of miami

violence

  • A new wave of viral violence begins with brutality on live stream

    January 9, 2017 Read More...

    As social media evolves to become more instantaneous than ever, viral violence has once again hijacked the ride. Why wait five seconds to post a video of your life? Services like Facebook Live and Periscope provide a real-time look at what�s in front of your face. With instant audience metrics and feedback, they make life […]

viral

  • A new wave of viral violence begins with brutality on live stream

    As social media evolves to become more instantaneous than ever, viral violence has once again hijacked the ride. Why wait five seconds to post a video of your life? Services like Facebook Live and Periscope provide a real-time look at what�s in front of your face. With instant audience metrics and feedback, they make life […]

writing

  • The music that inspired the book: Silence the Living

    October 22, 2018 Read More...

    I knew the story I wanted to tell in �Silence the Living� and I had the characters formed in my head, but I couldn�t put the novel into focus until I found musical inspiration.One night I was driving from South Florida to Orlando to meet my family at a theme park. I put on �A […]

Wynwood

  • New Wynwood could price out hipsters who made it thrive

    September 18, 2015 Read More...

    In Miami real estate, you either sprint or fall on your face. There’s no such thing as steady growth. So goes the case with Wynwood.Creative planning by artists and local investors transformed the neighborhood from empty warehouses into a district with stunning street art, popular restaurants and bars and emerging retail. It’s expected that property […]

x-men

  • Who would banker Alan Levan be in scifi/comics?

    November 2, 2011 Read More...

    Alan Levan pulled off a galactic-sized deal today. The chairman and CEO of BankAtlantic Bancorp (BBX) agreed to sell the good assets of his bank to BB&T while leaving the more problematic assets and the corporate debt with the holding company. You can read the serious part of my storyat the South Florida Business Journal. […]

young adult fiction

  • Lessons from successful authors on Striking Terror panel at Book Fair

    November 19, 2012 Read More...

    I had a pleasure of introducing three successful apocalyptic horror authors at the Miami International Book Fair�s �Striking Terror� panel. Hugh Howey, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes all had some great advice that I�d like to share. First, some background on the authors. Howey started as a self-published author and then Wool caught fire and […]

YouTube

zombies

  • Lessons from successful authors on Striking Terror panel at Book Fair

    November 19, 2012 Read More...

    I had a pleasure of introducing three successful apocalyptic horror authors at the Miami International Book Fair�s �Striking Terror� panel. Hugh Howey, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes all had some great advice that I�d like to share. First, some background on the authors. Howey started as a self-published author and then Wool caught fire and […]