• Publishing

    Modern Crossword Puzzles Turn 100!

    First Crossword Puzzle

    The Modern Crossword Puzzle Is Invented This weekend the Google Doodle is devoted to the crossword puzzle. On December 21, 1913, the first modern puzzle, created by Arthur Wynne, was published in The New York World, one of many newspapers in New York City at that time. Wynne called it a “word-cross”, but the name was eventually changed because of a typesetting error. Wynne was living in Cedar Grove, New Jersey when he invented this very specific puzzle form. The puzzle was based on earlier forms of puzzles and was diamond-shaped. These puzzles were successful almost from the beginning, and eventually became the famous square puzzles we love today. You…

  • Writing

    Leave A Light On For Me


    We Need Some Light The last several weeks have been difficult in the New Jersey and New York areas as we recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After two major storms last year, Hurricane Irene and the weird Snowtober storm, I learned my lesson and made sure that I did not have too many perishables in the refrigerator. On the night of the storm, the lights stayed on for longer than we had hoped. But then the lights started flickering and finally, around 9 p.m. the lights went off and we were plunged into total darkness. Since the lights did not come back until Friday, we mostly subsisted on…

  • Book Reviews

    Last Exit In New Jersey by C.E. Grundler | Book Review

    Last Exit In New Jersey book cover

    Last Exit in New Jersey by C.E. Grundler Genres: Fiction, American Literature Original Publication Date: 2010 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon Last Exit In New Jersey shows that nice young ladies really shouldn’t be dumping bodies at sea. But when twenty-year-old Hazel and her father become the targets of some unsavory characters hunting for her missing cousin, their stolen tractor-trailer, and a delivery that never arrived, she knows it’s time to heed a lesson learned from her favorite hard-boiled paperbacks: playing nice will only end in tears. It’ll take all her ingenuity, not to mention some fishing tackle and high voltage, if…