Donna Carbone

Donna Carbone
South Florida, USA
April 21
Writers Bloc
Married for thirty six years and the mother of the two grown children, I began writing at the age of ten. My first success was winning a poetry contest in grammar school. From that moment forward, I realized that the written word was as vital to my survival as food and air. I am presently working on two books, one of which I hope to finish before I die. A number of my poems have graced A Long Story Short, and I have been published in the Lucidity Journal. Each day inspires me...what I see, hear and experience.... if it stays in my mind, I write about it. __________________________________________ "To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: It is the only way we can leave the future open." (Lillian Smith)


MARCH 27, 2012 2:33PM

Crime reports and the media


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Too much (erroneous) information too soon


After reading the latest (3/27/12) account of the confrontation between 17 year-old Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman on February 26th – a confrontation in which young Mr. Martin was killed – I feel compelled to ask why thRead full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 6:49AM

What is it about the "P" word?

The human anatomy is an interesting body of work. Held together by muscles and tendons, we come in many shapes and sizes, varying colors and distinguishing facial features. Some of us have blond hair, some brunette and others auburn or raven tresses. Some of us even come by those colors naturally.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 4:27PM

Grrrrrrr is me!

If you read the Wikipedia page dedicated to bull dogs, you will understand why I consider myself a kindred spirit. Bulldogs are normally docile and happy to please. Although low to the ground, they can move quickly when the need arises. Occasionally, they can be willful and stubborn.… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2012 10:28AM

FBI changes definition of rape

After 80 years, FBI changes definition of rape
Words alone can’t change minds


In September 2011, The New York Times reported that Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project (Philadelphia), spoke to a gathering of sex crime investigators, police chiefs, federal offi… Read full post »

  Burt Reynolds

Experienced Actors Encouraged to Enroll

 The Burt Reynolds Institute recently announced that its Master Acting class, taught by mega-star Burt Reynolds, has opened enrollment for the winter term. Experienced actors interested in auditioning for the course should contact Finance D/… Read full post »

Jupiter, Fl: The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT) recently announced its Winter Schedule of classes. In discussing what The Institute has to offer, Executive Director Kelly Dennehy said, “New Year’s resolutions fail because, for the most part, they are boring. At BRI/Read full post »

BRIFT Winter Showcase a warm way to spend an evening


Jupiter, Fl:  Mega star, Burt Reynolds returns to the Lyric Stage on January 13, 2012 at 7 pm with the BRIFT Winter Showcase. Ten carefully chosen scenes from well-known plays directed by Mr. Reynolds and performed by his/Read full post »

Jupiter, Fl: Don’t ever doubt the devotion of Burt Reynolds’ fans! They are a fiercely loyal bunch and not the slightest bit shy about expressing their love for the man who has brought so much joy into their lives for over fifty years.  When Mr. Reynolds took the stage at The/Read full post »

In 2009, the Supreme Court began deliberations into whether life sentences without parole are justified for juveniles who have been found guilty of crimes not including murder. Florida, being the largest user of this sentencing option, was their primary focus.

On November 15, 2009 the opi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 2:59PM

Burt Reynolds at the Lyric Theatre



Burt Reynolds Brings His Master Class to Lyric Theatre

BRIFT Winter Showcase follows in January

Stuart, Fl: Martin County residents are in for a treat when mega star Burt Reynolds brings his master acting class to the stage at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart. HavingRead full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 9:18AM

Once Victimized - Now Victorious!

Tristan Rogers w/Aaron Wells'  

Jupiter, Fl: Students in Aaron Wells’ Sixty Second Filmmaking Class were recently treated to a surprise visit by television and film actor, Tristan Rogers. Writer/producer/director Wells and Rogers have been friends for some time, the result of having worked together on various/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2011 9:20AM

BRIFT Alumni Search Is On!

Burt Reynolds w/students



Jupiter, Florida: Kelly Dennehy, Executive Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT), announced tentative plans for an alumni reunion weekend in the Spring of 2012. To that end, she is… Read full post »


Saturday, September 17, 2011 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Jupiter, Fl: Kelly Dennehy, Executive Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT), announced the addition of a special half-day seminar entitled ACTORS’ NEW DIRECTIONS to/Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2011 6:57PM

Singer/Songwriter Cooper Getschal




Jupiter, Fl: If you happened to be traveling along Indiantown Road and U.S. One on Saturday evening, August 27th, and wondered where all the music and laughter were coming from, you had to look no/… Read full post »


The silky sounds of Cooper Getschal enhance listeners’ “tastes” for Leftovers

Jupiter, Fl: Calling all music fans! If you are looking for a toe tapping, smile producing, fun-filled evening, Kelly Dennehy, Executive DirecRead full post »

JULY 24, 2011 12:35PM

Farewell Facebook!

For some time now, I have been considering shutting down my Facebook page. I’ve always been leery of the ability of less than desirable people to access my personal information and, as a result, I rarely use the site as anything more than an outlet for my writing. I don’t post… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2011 10:08AM

When women lie about rape

From the moment the Dominique Strauss-Kahn accusations hit the newswire, I had my doubts. Call me jaded but with the number of false rape claims against the rich and famous in recent years, it stands to reason that someone with a yearning for increased wealth but not a willingness to work… Read full post »


New class offers insight into how and why playwrights write as they do

Jupiter, Florida:  Kelly Dennehy, Executive Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT), announced the new summer class schedule, including "EveniRead full post »

Recently I’ve been following and commenting on a post written by Loretta Kemsley for This is Loretta’s bio as presented on her newsvine blog page:

Loretta Kemsley is the publisher of Moondance: Celebrating Creative Women, which enjoys the distinction of being the first womeRead full post »




Master actors heat up the stage in Summer Showcase


Jupiter, Florida:  Kelly Dennehy, Executive Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT), announced that the eagerly/Read full post »

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Even as I write this, the fire in the pit over which my body will be roasted is being prepared. I’ve been food for the masses before, especially those of my own gender who think women hold some lofty perch which men can only aspire to reach. I… Read full post »




Downtown at the Gardens to be Outreach Venue


Palm Beach Gardens, Fl: The Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches will host an Outreach event at Downtown at the Gardens on Friday evening, June 17th.Read full post »



Based on what I have seen reported by the media in the last few years, I have to assume that there is  race for most bad publicity, and the two frontrunners are the Veterans Administration and the Catholic Church. Sure, there are lots of other dysfunctional entities that have

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MAY 29, 2011 12:33PM

Journalistic Ethics

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Press Releases and Plagiarism

 by Donna M. Carbone/freelance writer and owner of Write For You, LLC

As a freelance writer struggling to get my fledgling LLC off the ground, I use every avenue available to get my work noticed. Recently, I’ve begun submitting press releases…

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