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My Writing Philosophy........................................................................................................1

"Ode to a Broom", poetry, 2005..........................................................................................3

The Old Violin, memoir, 2005.............................................................................................4

Tapioca, dramatic script, 2004............................................................................................7

"Skating in the Shipping Lanes", short story, 2004...............................................................12

"The Paternal Pattern", poetry, 2004...................................................................................14

"Ellis Island: then and now", journalism, 2004......................................................................15

Conclusion and Final Reflections.........................................................................................18

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