Istanbul, I love you

10559924_10154442045450360_355461431324110895_n[1]Just returned from five weeks traveling to Lake Bled, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Istanbul, Turkey. I spent two weeks in Istanbul, staying in a penthouse flat near the Galata Tower with a view of the Bosporus from the terrace. I went there to finish writing the last chapter of my book, Letters from Purgatory. Istanbul is where it all begins and where it all ends. I fell in love with Istanbul and want to go back. September 1st an excerpt from Letters, called Death Row Dance, will be published in The Adirondack Review. I can’t wait to share it!

RIP Jenni Rivera

Wow, it’s just beginning to sink in. RIP Jenni Rivera. I had the challenge and the fun of training your son at Tarzana Boxing. When I asked Johnny one day what he wanted to be more than anything when he grew up he said “a director” and with determined eyes, “and I will be.” I pray that he stays strong and fulfills his dreams, just like his mother.