Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Tuesday, July 15, 2014 By Kristen J. Tsetsi It’s easy to feel like a third wheel when in the exam room with a cat and Dr. Letrisa Miller, identified on her website as a recognized authority on feline medicine and surgery and owner of Connecticut Feline Medicine and Surgery, […]

Carol Hoenig and her business partner Peggy Zieran have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000 to open a Long Island, NY, book store called Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. They’re currently pretty short of their goal, but they address that in a recent update to the campaign page: You may notice how […]

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Tuesday, June 10, 2014 By Kristen J. Tsetsi Dear person who threw that piece of trash out of your car window and onto the road, or onto the happy median bright with fresh summer flowers, or onto the sidewalk three feet from a trash can, I saw you. But […]

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Monday, June 9, 2014 By Kristen J. Tsetsi There are certain freedoms granted to young males. Author Alex Myers remembers that as a child his brother was allowed to wear pants to church and could go outside to play afterward. Myers, born a biological female and given the name […]

“No ideas?” “Oh,” he thumbed his mug handle, “I have ideas.” “Well, then. There you go. Write them.” “Can’t.” “Why not?” “Because. What’s the point?” “What do you mean?” “I mean,” he said, “what’s the point? I start writing a paragraph, or I imagine a scene, and I just stop. I think, ‘Why bother?’” “Doug, […]

There were two things he wanted. Three. Three things he– no, four. Four things he wanted most of all– “John?” Her voice sounded woodrowsy, his name like a plate of rice. “Huh?” he said, and he heard something else. Something red surrounding them on the grass. Five things, now that he thought about it, and […]

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Tuesday, May 20, 2014
By Kristen J. Tsetsi

The results of a recent World Health Organization survey on antibiotic-resistant bacteria led the organization to conclude that “a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can kill, far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century.” Continue reading

I spend a lot of time – probably too much time – on Facebook. On the good days, it’s funny, educational, and even enlightening (thanks to links to funny, educational, and enlightening things). But then there are days like Friday, when the feed is a seemingly never-ending stream of the kind of doom that’s enough […]

Edgar Degas said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Easy for him to say. I would never have gone to a nearby paint bar had I not been assigned by my editor. I don’t know how to paint–why would I go somewhere to paint? “I think this […]

*This was part of a for-fun exercise at a writers’ retreat in the mountains of Asheville, NC. It was inspired by that one person most of us probably know, or have known at one time or another. ______ He said, “When I make love, I am making love to God.” Sylvia knew Olvin too well […]