My big birthday has arrived! At past and , I’ve written of things I’ve learned during that time. For my 60th birthday, I’m doing something different. Here are 60 quotes from my speeches and books that reflect things I’ve learned in life.

  1. I need coffee to…


Someone who should remain in shadows

Families deserve to have their loved ones remembered and to be spared any unnecessary pain. Murderers should not be glamorized or held up for emulation. …


Front cover for My Brother is a Werewolf

It’s October when our attention turns to ghosts, monsters, skeletons, and all things spooky. Children’s books also take up the theme with lighthearted frights. This is the case with the upcoming children’s book by Ray Allen Price, which will be released on October 29. …


Long before I got my , I had a cardboard computer simulator called . This was part of a class in elementary school that included a trip to the UCLA computer lab. Like any computer, CARDIAC came with games. One of them was single-pile . This is a…


It takes patience to stack rocks like this.

My life has been in a holding pattern lately. I’m seven pounds away from my , and they’ve been the hardest to get off. We ordered a solar panel system for our house, and we’re waiting for it to go through the permit stage. My novel was…


I recently found this ticket stub from a performance of Will Rogers Follies that I attended with my wife and her family in 1992. If you’ve read my novel , that play may be familiar to you:

“Please,” Warren spat out. “The only time he was even in the same…


The end of a high road could be a rough place.

I’ve been told to always take the high road. Live and let live. Don’t get angry. Don’t point fingers. When they go low, we go high. This advice has served me well in most situations. But there is a point where the high road ends.

I’ve tried to be


Is it OK for writers to include their fetishes in their stories? That question came up on , and I gave a well up-voted .

If you’ve been reading , you know I cover that a certain motif a bit. …


Sullivan’s Travels by By Paramount Pictures — National Board of Review Magazine for January 1942, Volume XVII, Number 1, page 7, Public Domain

My novel will be published by on September 2, 2021. I will describe my book in this series of posts. You can read other posts in category on my website.

Here’s my opinion: Every story has a message, even when you don’t intend…


That’s a lot of. books.

Yesterday, I accomplished another milestone in my progress towards and . My weight hit the 190-pound (86.2-kilogram) mark. I’ve dropped 72 pounds (32.7 kilograms) so far, and I only have 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) to go to reach my goal. With all these numbers, it’s hard to…

Matthew Arnold Stern

A novelist and award-winning public speaker and technical writer. My novel Amiga is available now. The Remainders is coming in September.

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