Current Projects

Rumplestiltskin’s Rules for Making Your Farthings Grow*

“Before beginning (or even if you already own) an investment portfolio of stocks and bonds, there are some basic ‘rules’ you should apply. My new book Rumpelstiltskin’s Rules for Making Your Farthings Grow is a storybook of six fairytales told by Rumpelstiltskin himself. In which an investment rule is embedded in each.”

from a recent reading of Rumpelstiltskin’s Rules for Making Your Farthings Grow, Chautauqua, NY July 2019



1. Slow but steady wins the race.

2. Always ask, what can go wrong with an investment?

3. Know the difference between a loaner to and an owner of a company.

4. Always understand how a company makes its money.

5. Never pay too much for shares of a company’s stock.

6. Don’t expect your investments to spin straw into gold. That is, don’t expect more from your investment portfolio than is reasonable.

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* now available for booking!



On the Home Front:
Memories & Music of WWII

45 minutes of stories and songs with the audience recalling a time when we were the United States of America!

Watch Susan perform Marseille, at The Moth in 2016 (click above to play)

From Happy, Really?

At Stage Left in New York City, 2012

From Semper Fi


With David Smilow at Stage Left in New York City, 2014

From Stayin’ Alive

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With director Gretchen Cryer at The Cherry Pit in New York City, 2015


Selected List of Plays
(performed in NYC, 2008 - 2015)

  • Connection

  • Happy, Really

  • Stayin’ Alive

  • 50’s Girl,

  • Accessories

  • Your Tour Guide

  • My Friend, the Jacket

  • West Fourth Street

  • Fine China

  • Palimpsest

  • Souls on Fire

  • Mr. Ferguson

  • Semper Fi

  • The New Neighbor

Other Plays
(performed in Baltimore, Cleveland & NYC, 1974-1979)

  • Harriet!

  • Bags of Rags

  • Circus Days

  • The 200 Year Old Man

  • The Midas Story

Selected List of Books

  • Don’t Lose Your Memory: Writing the Journey Journal (Oaklee Press, 1999)

  • The Whole Kitt & Caboodle: a Novel Approach to Investing (Bancroft Press, 1996)

  • The Means Justify the End (University of Michigan Press, 1993)

  • Eric the Red-Tempered Viking (Grove Press, 1974)

  • The Manners Zoo (Follett, 1972)

  • Elefish (Scroll Press, 1970)

  • Ride With Me (Scroll Press, 1968)