August 21, 2017


Ron Singer



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Novella

The Rented Pet (2012-08-13) cover story short fiction pets romance life

Ron Singer (b. 1941) lives in New York with his wife, the painter, Elizabeth Yamin, After having taught for 44 years, in 2008 Singer became a full-time writer. He has written librettos for two operas and published three books and numerous poems, stories, and articles about Africa. Recently, he completed three trips to various corners of that continent to interview pro-democracy activists for a forthcoming book, Uhuru Revisited (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, 2013).

The Rented Pet, Part Two (2012-08-20) short fiction pets romance life

Joy and love can transform a person and make them lovely. With Rex at her side, Mildred is no exception ...

The Rented Pet, Part Three (2012-08-27) short fiction pets romance life

Having Rex in her life, even only part-time, has opened Mildred's heart wider than she expected -- wide enough to accept another dog, wide enough to let someone else get closer, too.

The Rented Pet, Part Four (2012-09-03) short fiction pets romance life

Mildred and Jerry, Eddie, Joe and Charlie, and Dr. Matt -- and we don't forget Julia -- all of their lives have been touched deeply by the courageous German shepherd Rex. Too bad Rex can't talk ...

The Parents We Deserve (2016-03-21) cover story fiction family

Here's a new idea: adoption, to round out a family...

The Parents We Deserve, Part Three (2016-04-11) fiction family death life afterlife

Heaven wasn't as ideal as they thought it would be -- I mean, what kind of paradise is it if you can't make a little celestial cash on the side? So what happens after Heaven?

The Parents We Deserve, Part Four (2016-04-18) fiction family death life afterlife

Through a diabolical deal, the P's and the M's escape the boredom of Purgatory and get back to the east coast and Life, that still has a bit of Hell attached to it...

The Parents We Deserve, Epilogue (2016-04-25) fiction family death life afterlife

Conclusion. Having made their way back to Earth, the M's and the P's live again. And then what happens?


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Short

The Rented Pet, Part Five: Epilogue (2012-09-10) short fiction pets romance life

Where did they go? Any place at all? One thing is certain, they go with us wherever we go, because we keep them close ... in our hearts.

Reader, I Read To Him (2015-12-14) cover story fiction pets

How much do our animals understand from us? Do they merely act on instinct, or are they listening to what we actually say? Part One of Three.

Reader, I Read To Him - Part Two (2015-12-21) fiction pets

Charles has run away. Is it because of what was read to him? Part Two of Three.

Reader, I Read To Him - Part Three (2015-12-28) fiction pets

Conclusion. What can have happened to Charles, who is arguably the most handsome, intelligent, and sensitive of cats?

The Parents We Deserve, Part Two (2016-04-04) fiction family death life afterlife

Myron and Myrna have died and gone to ... Heaven? Let's find out what eternal life is all about.


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Nonfiction

Betty and Estelle (2017-02-13) cover story memoir family

This four-part memoir chronicles aspects of the lives of Ron Singer's mother and aunt. It is so very important to remember our families' histories...

Betty and Estelle, Part Two (2017-02-20) memoir family

This four-part memoir chronicles aspects of the lives of Ron Singer's mother and aunt.

Betty and Estelle, Part Three (2017-02-27) memoir family

This four-part memoir chronicles aspects of the lives of Ron Singer's mother and aunt.


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Ron Singer
Ron Singer


Ron Singer's first remembered poem (or ditty), written when he was in first grade:

Spring is here, never fear
Flowers will bloom.
Soon will come June...
(I forget the rest.)

In high school, he did well enough in subjects like History and English that he came to think of himself as a good writer. But his first Writing teacher in college (Union College, B.A., English, 1962) commented on his first paper, which was about career plans, "You already have the pompous, inflated style of a second-rate trial lawyer." Stung, Singer entered the college writing contest with a set of nihilistic short prose pieces, and won the College writing prize, unusual for a freshman. The prize was his ticket to the inner circle of neophyte literati and his excuse for leaving the pre-Law program. Since then, he has been the recipient of many other prizes, fellowships, and awards. He paid for college, in part, by working summers as a bellhop at a Catskill Mountain resort. After college, from 1964-67, Singer was a Peace Corps teacher in Nigeria. He then returned to graduate school (University of Chicago, 1967-76, M.A. & Ph.d., Renaissance English).

In 1969, Singer and his wife, the painter and recently retired art teacher, Elizabeth Yamin, began vacationing on Deer Isle, in Maine. This is where his writing career really took off. Singer first published poetry in the local newspaper, Island Ad-vantages. One day, he was stopped on the street by a dignified old woman who said, "Oh, aren't you the young man who has been putting those nice poems in the paper!" Among his first published stories was Untitled, which describes a group of French Impressionists at work. The publisher was Puckerbrush Review, situated in Orono Maine and the one-person operation of Constance Hunting, teacher, writer, and editor. Singer came to regard Hunting as a friend. She died in 2006. Among the poems that were published in both Island Ad-vantages and Puckerbrush Review, this was one of the first:

Old Apple Tree

Old apple tree
low and round,
trunk so squat
you guess the rest
is standing underground.

Sunken barn
beside the road,
waving boards
cut short by fire, or
lowered by the years.

Apples tart and dry,
building falling down,
along the graveyard road
just above the town.

After about fifteen stays on Deer Isle, the Singers moved on, spending several summers in different corners of Maine. Finally, they found their way to Weld, a tiny hamlet in the western mountains, where, since 1999, they have been renting an old farmhouse. Although he also taught in Nigeria, Chicago and Hawaii, Singer spent the bulk of his working life (1976-2008) as an English teacher at Friends Seminary, in New York City. Since his "retirement" in 2008, he has written and published widely, including three books of prose: A Voice for My Grandmother (Ten Penny Players/ bardpress, 2nd ed, 2008); The Second Kingdom (Cantarabooks, 2009); and now, The Rented Pet (Kindle Select/Piker Press, 2012). During 2010-2011, he made three protracted visits to six countries in Africa, where he interviewed pro-democracy activists for a forthcoming book, Uhuru Revisited (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, 2013). Singer credits quiet Weld as the place where he has been able to accomplish much of this satisfying work. Weld is a far cry from his main home, an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York.