Good Enough: Why Not Quite is Just Right (for Parents)

I met Judith when her son, Adam, was about 12 years old and was first diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. He had been very hard to deal with for some time but she and her husband had found it difficult to acknowledge there was something medically wrong with him. They had spent many years tryingContinue reading “Good Enough: Why Not Quite is Just Right (for Parents)”

Is the Glass Half Full? How your outlook impacts your kids.

An Australian study supports the hypothesis that an optimistic outlook is protective against the development of depression and other disorders in teenagers. An optimist was defined as : An optimist generally asserts that the good things happening to me will continue to happen in the future and they are of my doing; bad things canContinue reading “Is the Glass Half Full? How your outlook impacts your kids.”

The Energy Ball: What not to do when your kid drops the ball.

Imagine you are watching your adolescent play a game of basketball. Only it’s not any game of basketball. This game is special. Your child is the only one on the court. You are the only one watching but, for whatever reason, this game is really important. The outcome will have an impact on your child’sContinue reading “The Energy Ball: What not to do when your kid drops the ball.”

FABULOUS BEASTS:A Love Story

Coming Soon…A New Novel by WA Schwartz LONDON 10 February 1963 She stands shivering on the steps outside the flat. It takes a minute for her mind to adjust to the idea he’s physically here. She hadn’t asked him to come, had she? She can’t remember now. Maybe one of the calls went through. AContinue reading “FABULOUS BEASTS:A Love Story”

Apples, Apples, Apples-A Review of Liane Moriarty’s Latest Book

Ok, so this book (“Apples Never Fall”, Henry Holt and Co.) did get a little weird in spots. The plot sort of meandered and went on a bit long and I lost the point a few times but still…I just love Moriarty. Even though she’s known for writing these twisty fun mystery stories with allContinue reading “Apples, Apples, Apples-A Review of Liane Moriarty’s Latest Book”

Goodreads Giveaway EDEN:A Novel

Enter for a chance to win one of 100 copies of EDEN: A Novel by W.A. Schwartz. Old secrets and hidden sins threaten to destroy a tiny Louisiana town in this twisty psychological thriller. Giveaway begins June 21, 2020. Goodreads Book Giveaway EDEN:A Novel by W.A. Schwartz Giveaway ends July 21, 2020. See the giveaway detailsContinue reading “Goodreads Giveaway EDEN:A Novel”

Angels and Rainbows and the Quiet Man

When I was a kid in the 70s I wanted to be a Spanish dancer, blow up the TV, eat peaches and all that. Later I was struck romantic by oodles of light and incredible dreams, cried for James Lewis, cracked my heart over Donald and Lydia and fell in love with a free ramblin’Continue reading “Angels and Rainbows and the Quiet Man”

Janie Lucille Paradise-A Novel (Excerpt) Chapter One

I was twenty-eight years old when I first met Janie. I was a writer living in San Francisco scratching out a living writing ad copy and freelancing for various independent pseudo political publications which were, by and large, not very good. Like most writers, I also had a day job to pay the real billsContinue reading “Janie Lucille Paradise-A Novel (Excerpt) Chapter One”

Birthday Girl

She stands naked before the full length mirror in the bathroom and sticks out her tongue at herself. Her body looks no different today. She looks like a bald, wet, cat, she thinks, and she runs her palms over her small breasts and down her hips, disappointed they have not changed overnight. She is, afterContinue reading “Birthday Girl”

Vanilla Ice Cream

Yesterday it occurred to me that if we don’t want our kids to do a certain thing then maybe we just shouldn’t do it. Like for example, if I don’t’ want my kid to eat vanilla ice cream then I just won’t eat the flipping vanila ice cream. I won’t sneak around eating it or goContinue reading “Vanilla Ice Cream”