Just Me

Donora Death Fog, Just Me

The Pain of Dying Alone

One of the saddest days of my nursing career happened when I made shift rounds and found that an elderly patient was in the throes of...

Just Me, Writing

Writing in the Time of Coronavirus

My writing life hasn't changed while I'm in social isolation, but my mind sure has....

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Air Pollution Hotspots Around the World

Air pollution continues to kill people around the world....

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Donora’s Legacy Still Felt Today

How has the Donora smog tragedy affected the way we live today?...

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Secrets of Donora’s Forgotten Cemetery

We tred carefully through the brambles, weeds, and bushes devouring a hillside cemetery in the north end of Donora, Pa. We step from one...

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I Have a Publisher!

I am delighted and honored to join this prestigious university press. Now, to write the book!...

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I Have an Agent!

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed with Bookends Literary Agency for Silver Lining: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania...

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Answering Proust’s Questionnaire

The questions here are from the second questionnaire he developed, the one when he was 20. I thought it might be a fun exercise....

Just Me, Writing

Why I Write

I have been writing now — officially, professionally, occasionally happily — for 35 years, and I don't believe I have ever, until now,...

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Staying Calm in the Face of Trumpism

Just a few days later I was presented, apparently by cosmic fate, two items that have given me a new perspective on how Facebook and other...

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2018 Oscars Fashion by Someone Who Knows Almost Nothing About Fashion

I know virtually nothing except that I can identify a wide variety of women's shoes. (Slingbacks, kitten heels, open-toed pumps — don't...

Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Gone Was the Wind

If even a slight breeze had strolled through the Donora valley that week the smoke would have broken up, giving residents some respite....

Donora History, Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Who Died in Donora’s Deadly Smog?

It seems that not everyone received a death certificate in 1948, or, if they did, it was lost or never archived. Marriage applications,...

Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Even Cleaner Air Starts in Donora

With the EPA undergoing extensive downsizing and the Trump administration wanting to open previously protected lands to oil and shale...

Donora History, Just Me

Donora’s Field of Dreams

Probably the most famous player to ever sprint down this field was the legendary Joseph "Joe Cool" Montana. Montana was unequivocally one...

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Death in Donora

On Tuesday October 26, the air over Donora became foggy from cool air being trapped beneath warmer air above in what meteorologists term a...

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The Peaceful Transfer of Power and Hope

Inauguration Day for Donald J. Trump is in three days, and we will watch again as the transition of power from one party to another occurs...

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Goodbye, 2016. Hello, 2017

We’ve had quite a divaricate year, all in all, one with a split personality, one that feels differently to me depending on whether I...