TouchPoint Press to Publish Horseshoes and Hand Grenades on Sept. 27

Yes, we have a release date! My publisher, TouchPoint Press, has announced that Horseshoes and Hand Grenades will be released on Sept. 27, 2019. Here's the press release they issued recently: S.M. Stevens' Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Discusses Overcoming Abuse and the Power of Friendship in a #MeToo Context S.M. Stevens’ novel, Horseshoes and Hand … Continue reading TouchPoint Press to Publish Horseshoes and Hand Grenades on Sept. 27

Renowned Poet Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”

two covers of poetry collection books by Susan Roney-O'Brien

I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (being published in September by TouchPoint Press) in the hopes it will help victims of incest and other forms of sexual harassment and abuse give credence to their experiences, and take steps to heal. So an endorsement like this one from early reader and poet Susan Roney-O'Brien means the … Continue reading Renowned Poet Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”

The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

photo of us national women's soccer team squad 2019 world cup

I love the U.S. Women’s national soccer team.  My infatuation is rooted in my youth. I grew up with soccer, in a small Maine town where the school population and budget were too small to support a football team. My three brothers played, and the teams regularly won regional and state titles. And I reveled … Continue reading The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain

Connection between emotional and physical pain depicted by woman in chronic pain lying on black floor #metoo

Driving home in the car two days ago, surfing the radio stations per usual, I caught an NPR story about the connection between emotional and physical pain in adults suffering from chronic "medically unexplained pain” like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia. The notion that emotional and physical distress and pain are all connected will … Continue reading Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain