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Deborah Ross
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Day Without Immigrants
Today is the Day Without Immigrants. I wouldn't be here if my father had not been allowed to immigrate in 1922, before the quota on Jews. What's your immigration story?

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Every Evil Act...
"Every evil act tends to harden man's heart, that is, to deaden it. Every good act tends to soften it, to make it more alive. The more man's heart hardens, the less freedom does he has to change; the more is he determined already by a previous action. But t...

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In Troubled Times: Seeking Courage, Finding Strength
Given everything I’ve been dealing with – fear about the
unfolding political scene on one hand and the recurring nightmare of an
upcoming parole hearing for the man who raped and murdered my mother on the
other – I have at times felt powerless. Not just pow...

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In Troubled Times: Letting Others Shield Me
It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well
that I’m a dragon-slayer. I place myself squarely between my loved ones and
anything that threatens them. It’s a longstanding family joke that the only time
I used the physical aspect of 30+ years of...

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Masques of Darkover cover reveal
Here is the cover for Masques of Darkover , to be released May 2017. The design is by Dave Smeds. I'm inordinately pleased with it! Table of Contents Jane Bigelow, Duvin’s Grand Tour Rosemary Edghill, Generations  Meg Mac Donald, Upon this Rock  Evey Brett,...

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In Troubled Times Guest Post: Stephen Shumaker on Don’t Feed the Bully
In Troubled Times: Don’t Feed the
Bully By Stephen Shumaker The last presidential election changed me, as I imagine, it
changed a lot of people. My change was wholly unexpected, and wildly out of character
for me. I went from being slightly political to rab...

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In Troubled Times: A Personal Sanctuary
When I received a letter from the Department of Corrections,
informing me of the late March parole hearing for the man who raped and
murdered my mother, I felt overwhelmed. It had been as much as I could do to
maintain emotional equilibrium in the face of t...

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In Troubled Times: Overwhelm
Life has treated me to a bumpy ride recently. I’ve written
about challenging times following the election, with all the fear, confusion,
and so on. It seemed the bad news would never end when Carrie Fisher and Debbie
Reynolds died. We lost our old German Sh...
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