The global pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. In the world of Arts & Letters, I remain concerned about the small, independent bookshops across our country that face many challenges to begin with. Some, like The Town Book Store in my hometown of Westfield, NJ, successfully pivoted during the shutdown in 2020 and 2021 with online & phone ordering and curbside pick-up. I’m happy to report they have survived and are fully open for business.

I hope that one positive effect for society from the pandemic’s rules of social distancing and the cancellation of in-person events has been a dramatic return to Reading as a favored pastime.

To do my part in encouraging more Reading, I’m happy to post FREE FICTION on my website. As the author of short fiction (and very short fiction), I share these stories to humbly offer their readers a few minutes of distraction, if not entertainment.

Here are seven stories I hope you’ll enjoy. I’d love to hear from you. Email me at


Click on the Play button below to listen to how NPR produced an excerpt of my short story “Call From The Cabin.”
To learn how my NPR moment came about, go to the “CALL FROM THE CABIN” tab.
READ the full story on NPR’s website.