My journalism career was what you might call peripheral, never at the big middle of things, but sometimes the outskirts provide a certain unique...
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Real-World Experiences, inside and out.
- Nature Writing
- Travel Writing / Global Voices
- Incredible Stories
- Heroic Memoirs
- Real-Life Crime Stories
- Animal Stories
- Tales of Survival
- Food Writing
- Inner Discovery
Christmas at Home
Sometimes, after unspeakable trauma, we can find an ember of innocence to help us thrive again.
Memories of Christmas
It's that time of year again, light snow fall dusting the fields and turning a muddy lane pure white, wreaths on the doors, the pale twinkling glow...
Originally appeared November 2018 in the blog https://LeeMartinAuthor.comAfter struggling to complete my junior year of college, I withdrew from...
Meditations / No Direction Home
War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing – Edwin StarrThis piece for Veterans Day is excerpted from Jim McGarrah's memoir...
The Courage of Teachers
In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a...
The Lopsided COVID Conversation
For a year, except for carefully calibrated trips to the doctor or dentist, I truly was happy in my little 680-square-foot apartment. I considered...
The Practice of Poetry
The first poem I ever wrote that was worth a damn -- and possibly the only one – grew out of the awfullest cliché most of us will encounter –...
Taxi Tales: Las Vegas
Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart, somewhere between skipping a beat and bleeding out. Vegas is the girl who hid in the back of the class...
American Dream at Macy’s
My first string of jobs in NYC was waitressing, from Flushing to Manhattan, from Brooklyn to Greenwich, CT. I was fired constantly, because I knew...