Category archives: Nonfiction

My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses

“Have you ever really wanted to do something but you came across a roadblock of some kind? Maybe you’re afraid of new things or maybe you have a physical challenge. Are you going to follow your dream or are you going to push it aside without really trying? ”

Big Red: How I Learned Simplicity from a Suitcase

The long-awaited Elephant Safari Ride! I have a dramatic vision of the elephant scooping me up with its trunk and deftly placing me on its back, just like in the circus. Instead I step onto the platform with the help of my mahout, or elephant driver. He tells me her name is Mumbai as I cautiously step into the basket. He situates me close to the elephant’s head, straddling her with my legs, […]

Inside The Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island "A Retired Female Correction Officer Speaks Out"

RIKERS “HELLS” ISLAND I worked on Rikers Island for a short period in my career and I can tell you its worst than people could possibly imagine. It was horrible unclean and depressing. I started working on Rikers Island in May 1983 in New York City Correctional Institution for Men. I was 21 years old, enthusiastic and in high spirits. I had a good paying job in law enforcement and […]

Inside The Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island "A Retired Female Correction Officer Speaks Out"

Before you begin reading this book, I want to emphatically state that this book does not reflect every city and state correction officer and superior officers, just a small minority. However, it is that small minority in the city and state correction department, that is giving the correction officers overall a terrible reputation. I did not work with every correction officer or work in every jail. It is important to […]

Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lbs

INTRODUCTION This is an anti-crash-dieting book. After a lifetime of dieting, I reached the devastating weight of 330 lbs. (over 23 stone). After five years of trial and error and a great deal of research and determination, I have achieved a weight loss of over 154 lbs. (11 stone). However, this was not achieved alone. There has been a lot of help along the way: my husband David has been […]

Big Red: How I Learned Simplicity from a Suitcase.

May 12, Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan Because I’m not traveling with a group, we are graciously invited in for a visit. It doesn’t matter that the farmer has been out in the fields or that his family is busy with household chores. Everything comes to a halt so that they can welcome us into their home. It’s the kind of hospitality many Westerners have forgotten in the hustle and bustle of our […]

Inside the Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island " A Retired Female Correction Officer Speaks Out "

YOUR FIRST TIME IN PRISON If you have never been to prison, you have no idea what to expect or what you are up against. I have seen many first timers terrified and in shock. They figure they do not belong there and many of the prisoners do. Therefore, they turn their noses up, sit as far away as possible from the other prisoners because they do not want to […]