Category: Charitable Work

Join Me at the 2014 ASJA Writers Conference

As the head of the Contracts & Conflicts Committee for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, I’ve been asked to give a seminar at the 2014 ASJA Writers Conference in Manhattan My presentation will be bright and early, at 9 a.m. on Friday,…

An Op-Ed Generating Predictable, and Unfortunate, Response

I wrote an op-ed piece titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Biters” that ran in yesterday’s Boston Globe Magazine. It’s about new rules that the state of Massachusetts is about to announce in public hearings, rules that would require rescue groups to assess…

Giving Thanks that Hoss is Safe

This Thanksgiving, there is a surprise guest in my home—my former foster puppy, Hoss. I last saw him five months ago, when he was just three months old. The rescue where I volunteer adopted him out to a family who had never before owned…

Saying Goodbye, and Good Luck, to Ginger

Last night, the foster puppy I’ve had longer than any other found what I hope will become her forever home. Kissing her goodbye was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life. Ginger arrived in New Jersey on Saturday, June 16. She had…

Lulu’s Rescue Featured in Short-Form Documentary

I do a lot of volunteer work for Lulu’s Rescue, the group that helped to save my dog, Blue, from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. The group is featured in my forthcoming book “Little Boy Blue,” due out in hardcover this summer from…

Yes, I’m a Little Weepy as I Type This

Yesterday, I said goodbye to my sixth foster dog. His name is Mac, and he’s about 10 or 11 months old. He arrived at my house after being saved from a North Carolina shelter that was going to kill him in a gas chamber….

My New Foster Dog, Buster, in Memory of the Chesterfield 22

Today, the dog-rescue groups Middle Mutts and Pilots N Paws are working together to move as many death-row dogs as possible from high-kill shelters to adopters and foster homes nationwide. Lulu’s Rescue, which helped to save my dog Blue, was asked to participate in…

2 Weeks, 2 Dogs, 2 Wonderful Homes

It’s been exactly two weeks since I returned from North Carolina, where I was reporting for my book “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape.” On my way out of the county where Blue was found—where the shelter has a 95-percent kill rate and…

How to Start a Blog for About $10

I recently created and hosted a webinar titled “How to Start a Blog for About $10” on behalf of Boating Writers International. The professional group now has thisĀ  link to the webinar on its website, if you have about an hour to spare and…

Lulu’s Rescue … to the Rescue!

Lulu’s Rescue, the nonprofit group that rescued my new puppy Blue from the gas chamber in a North Carolina animal control facility, is having a fund-raising event next week. I volunteered my time to create the following promotional video. It will not only be…

Meet Me in Fort Lauderdale

I’ve just accepted an invitation to speak at a day-long seminar being presented by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association on August 10 in Fort Lauderdale. My hour-long presentation will focus on how to use social media legally and effectively. It will cover the basics…

Lending a Hand

I’m designing the program for my town’s upcoming fireworks festival. The Community Events Organization came to me after seeing the quarterly newsletter that I produce as a volunteer with the local dog park. It’s nice to receive such a compliment on my work, and…