Jessica Bell’s Icasia Bloom Touches Readers With Happiness

Review: How Icasia Bloom Touched Happiness (Vine Leaves Press), by Jessica Bell Scheduled for release 21 September 2021 By Rus VanWestervelt ***NO SPOILERS*** I don’t know about you, but I have a full shelf of books that I return to often. Sure, I love the plots, and they are entertaining in a way that makes … Continue reading Jessica Bell’s Icasia Bloom Touches Readers With Happiness

Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, I wrote, and published, "Electric Christmas" in Baltimore's Child. It was my first sold piece as a freelance writer, and it kicked off a career in submitting my original work to share with the world. Now, 20 years later, we are still taking rides during the holidays to look at your lights. … Continue reading Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

The Hope MixTape: Side A, Track 1. “Here Comes The Sun”

Earlier this year, I asked a few friends on Facebook what songs bring them hope. The response was overwhelming, and the suggestions they provided allowed me to make a 90-minute audio cassette mixtape, complete with a side A and a side B. Just as I have my characters in Fossil Five explore the process involved … Continue reading The Hope MixTape: Side A, Track 1. “Here Comes The Sun”

Once Upon A Time: Remembering Helen Kubik

Many of us, when we approached the age of reading for ourselves, selected books that offered larger-than-life stories with fairy-tale endings to somehow make our lives a little more fantastic. For those of us who went to Pine Grove Elementary in the 1970s, we lived that fantastic fairy tale, with open-space classrooms, a large reading … Continue reading Once Upon A Time: Remembering Helen Kubik

Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Engine 23 And The Lookout Man An Original Short Story by Rus VanWestervelt(Note: I wrote this story last fall for a local horror story contest. Although I did not win, I am extraordinarily happy with how this story turned out. The word limit was 3,000, and I had overwritten by 1,500 words, which I had … Continue reading Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Being Resolute in 2018: Begin Within

If we make happiness our primary goal instead of our secondary goal, then we easily accomplish everything else we desire. ~Deepak Chopra Across the country and throughout the world, people are asking themselves the same question: What will my resolutions be for 2018? The "Greatest Hits" of resolutions include weight loss, saying goodbye to cigarettes … Continue reading Being Resolute in 2018: Begin Within

Pedestrian Safety: An Urgent Matter in Maryland

Exclusive for Baltimore County Breaking News By Rus VanWestervelt (@rusvw13, rus@bcobreakingnews.com) I've been working with Baltimore County Breaking News for more than two years now, and we've covered a lot of tragic events during that time. It's been heartbreaking to be the dispatcher sharing the news with our followers, or the writer providing the follow-up … Continue reading Pedestrian Safety: An Urgent Matter in Maryland

Being Relentless in Living Fully: Five Things I Have Learned

The other morning, I found myself rushing out to my car to head to school like any other weekday. The sun was just breaking the horizon, and I was juggling too many bags of work and thinking about beating the early rush along the 25-mile commute. I could feel the tension building already: stress upon … Continue reading Being Relentless in Living Fully: Five Things I Have Learned