Where on Earth is Ruthenia?

For one hundred-fifty years, the kingdom of Ruthenia held its own against encroachments from neighbors on all sides, including the Mongols who destroyed Kyiv-Rus in 1240. After putting up a feisty resistance to the Golden Horde in the thirteenth century, Danylo Romanovych Halitskiy was crowned King of Ruthenia by the Pope in Rome in 1253.…

Chancing it in Chernobyl

"And there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood…"                                 …

In Memory of Liberty: Ukraine

Girl headed for worship at St. Michael's Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine Eight years ago, Ukraine was a country on the brink of losing its hard won independence, due to the treachery of its President. The corrupt political class that controlled the government quickly reversed decades of progressive political reforms in two years time. Bad habits…

Always Visit the Scene of the Crime

I took an hour today and visited an infamous spot at the train station in Iasi, Romania. On a cold March morning in 1997, a customs officer was found here, dead, half dressed, having fallen From the Rooftops. Was it suicide? Was he pushed? It was a rather unnerving twenty minutes, standing on this corner writing down…

Kyiv’s Disappearing Cathedral

Recently St. Michael’s golden domed monastery in the old city of Kyiv, Ukraine celebrated the nine hundredth year anniversary of its founding. That’s pretty darn old! So you’d forgive me if I made the mistake of planning this beautiful cathedral and the ancient complex surrounding it as a setting in my new novel, From the Rooftops that…

Take a Chance on a New Author

In invite you to take three minutes to read the introductory chapter (below) of my latest novel, From the Rooftops. This exciting story will take you all over Romania, Ukraine and Sicily.  It's risk free to read a chapter, and who knows? You might find a new author whose work you enjoy! Take a look: FROM…