This blog deals with a topic I am currently writing a book about. The working title is Silver Lining: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town and will explore the Donora Death Fog of 1948. I am currently looking for an agent or publisher for the work.


I’ve had a bit of a varied career. A retired RN I practiced and taught nursing for about 25 years. I was in the publishing field for more than 30 years and have written nine books, written and edited more than 750 health and life science articles, and managed the publication from beginning to end of whole batches and bunches of books. I taught in an LPN program for 10 years, did my Master’s work in Curriculum and Instruction, and am a Consultant and Fellow for the National Writing Project.

Honors and Awards

  • Special Recognition awards for new-product initiatives, 1996, 1999, 2000, Springhouse/LWW
  • President’s Award for Excellence, 1989, 1990, 1991, Weekly Reader Corp.
  • Special Recognition Awards for editorial management, 1991, 1996, Weekly Reader Corp.
  • Feature Writing Awards from Educational Press of Association of America, 1991, 1996
  • Associated Community Theaters of Connecticut Best Supporting Actor, 1994


Reference books (publisher)

  • AIDS, Heart Failure, MI, and Diabetes Mellitus Incredibly Easy! Mini-Guides
  • Assessment Made Incredibly Easy
  • Australasia Nursing Drug Handbook
  • Billing & Coding Clear & Simple: A Medical Insurance Worktext
  • Coding Exam Success: Coder’s Guide to Passing the CPC and CCS-P Exams
  • Coding Notes: Billing & Coding Pocket Guide, 1E, 2E, 3E
  • Competency Check-Off Guides: Building Competence Through Core Competency Checklists
  • Conquer Medical Coding 2016
  • Conquer Medical Coding 2017
  • Davis’s PA Exam Review: Focused Review for the PANCE and PANRE, 1E, 2E
  • Derm Notes: Dermatology Clinical Pocket Guide
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency Medicine Handbook, 5E
  • Diseases in a Flash! An Interactive, Flash-Card Approach
  • Diseases of the Human Body, 4E, 5E, 6E
  • Dosage Calculations Made Incredibly Easy
  • Dunmore and Fleischer’s Exercises in Etymology, 2E
  • E&M Coding Clear & Simple
  • ECGs Made Incredibly Easy
  • Essentials of Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Essentials of Medical Laboratory Practice
  • Ethics and Professionalism: A Guide for the Physician Assistant
  • Fluids and Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy
  • Handbook of Infusion Therapy
  • How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Health Professions School
  • Introduction to Health Care in a Flash! An Interactive, Flash-Card Approach
  • Laboratory Exercises for Competency in Respiratory Care, 2E
  • MA Notes: Medical Assistant’s Pocket Guide, 1E, 2E, 3E
  • MA Review Notes: Exam Certification Pocket Guide, 1E, 2E
  • Medical Assistant Exam Success: A Q&A Review Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking
  • Medical Coding Lab for Conquer Medical Coding 2016
  • Medical Insurance in a Flash! An Interactive, Flash-Card Approach
  • Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics for the Health Professions, 5E, 6E, 7E
  • Medical Notes: Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide
  • Medical Terminology in a Flash! An Interactive, Flash-Card Approach
  • Medical Terminology Simplified: A Programmed Learning Approach by Body Systems, 3E, 4E
  • Medical Terminology Specialties: A Medical Specialties Approach with Medical Records
  • Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach, 5E, 6E
  • Medication Teaching Aids
  • MediQuik Cards
  • N-CLEX Questions and Answers Made Incredibly Easy
  • NDH Instruct-a-Med CD-ROM
  • NDH Pocket Guide to Drug Dosages
  • Nurse Practitioner’s Drug Handbook
  • Nurse’s Dosage Calculator CD-ROM
  • Nursing Drug Handbook
  • Nursing I.V. Drug Handbook
  • OB/GYN Mentor: Your OB/GYN Clerkship & Shelf Companion
  • Parkland Manual of In-Patient Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide
  • Pharmacology Clear & Simple: A Drug Classifications & Dosage Calculations Approach
  • Physician Assistant’s Guide to Research and Medical Literature, 2E
  • Physician Assistant: Policy and Practice, 3E, 4E
  • Physician’s Drug Handbook
  • Prescriber’s Pocket Guide to Drugs
  • Primary Care Mentor: Your Primary Care Clerkship & Shelf Companion
  • Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines
  • Provider’s Coding Notes: Billing & Coding Pocket Guide
  • Psychiatry Mentor: Your Psychiatry Clerkship & Shelf Companion
  • Quiz Me on Drugs CD-ROM
  • Respiratory Diseases: A Case Study Approach to Patient Care, 3E
  • Respiratory Notes: Respiratory Therapist’s Pocket Guide
  • Springhouse Nurse’s Drug Guide
  • Surgery Mentor: Your Surgery Clerkship & Shelf Companion
  • The Professional Medical Assistant: An Integrative, Teamwork-Based Approach
  • Student Activity Manual to Accompany The Professional Medical Assistant
  • What If…? Survival Guide
  • Workbook to Accompany Conquer Medical Coding, 2016
  • Workbook to Accompany Conquer Medical Coding, 2017
  • Yes/No Medical Spanish: A Comprehensive Handbook of Clinical Spanish

Books (author)

  • Medical Miracles, Scholastic, 2003
  • Biotechnology Series, six titles, private publisher, 2003
  • Sleep and Dreams, Grolier Publishing, 2001
  • AIDS, Grolier Publishing, 2000

Award-Winning Articles (author)

  • “Head Injuries in Athletes: Can They Be Prevented?” Current Science, 1996, Feature Writing Award, Educational Press of Association of America
  • “Amazing Operation Repairs Defects in Unborn Children,” Current Science, 1991, Feature Writing Award, Educational Press of Association of America

Selected Freelance Articles (author)

  • “Cost-Effective Consolidation,” Vantage Point, 2000
  • “Strengthening Your Management Role” Vantage Point, 1999
  • “Test Menu Selection Process for Integrated Laboratories,” Vantage Point, 1999
  • “Low Blood Sugar,” Countdown, 1999
  • “Exercise Helps Control Blood Sugar,” Countdown, 1996
  • “Jarvey Barton: Restoring Cars, Boats, and History,” Middlesex Magazine, 1995
  • “You Can Control High Blood Pressure,” one of four pamphlets written for Business & Legal Reports, Inc., 1994
  • “Definitions … Sweet Hearts,” Licensed Practical Nurse Magazine, 1987
  • “Teaching Students How to Chart,” Nurse Educator, 1987
  • “Can’t Tell Facts from Inferences? Ask Van Gogh,” Nurse Educator, 1987
  • “Excellence in Teaching,” The Hartford Courant, 1986
  • “When Wearing a Seat Belt Was a Sign of Good Sense,” The Hartford Courant, 1986
  • “I am Not a Male Nurse,” RN, 1983
  • “A Critical Balance,” Nursing83, 1983
  • “Let the Family In,” Nursing83, 1983

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