The Vacation of My Life

It’s early yet, putting this out there, but look at as a spur to defeat procrastination–the opening of a book that I will be publishing in 2015. It’s sci-fi of sorts. So see if this grabs you: Bright sunlight streaming through half-open blinds hit Sam’s closed eyes. “Damn, what time is it? I’m late for work,” he muttered to […]

A Decade of Drugs That Did No Lasting Harm

A strange post for Christmas Day, I suppose. But then you’re not reading it on Christmas, are you? I try to post every five days so that’s why it’s here now. It’s not really a paean to doing drugs, just a reminiscence of what happened and what didn’t. Some never stopped. Some got into stuff that […]

Want to be a Writer–Get a Day Job that Suits You

I think I could have been very successful writing ad copy. During career exploration during my 9th grade Civics class, I thought that this might be the day job to sustain my goal of being a writer of books. I began having second thoughts about that notion during my senior year. My favorite teacher, Jeanette […]

Snow Like Diamonds Gleam in a Minnesota Night

Snowflakes fallen under the streetlight Diamond dust sparkling A Minneapolis winter crisp and cold Morning skies bright blue Beauty blinding bright white Powdered snow-gems fall from boots Mini cloud breaths pass cold lips, Fifteen degrees—a pleasant day, Mid-January in the land of 10,000 lakes

The Oneness of Self and Environment

“I sing the body electric,” said Walt Whitman. Herman Hesse heard the teachings of his blood pulsing within. William Wordsworth said, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid […]

Jackie and the Squirrel Lady–Who the Predator; Who the Spectator?

Jackie loved to startle the Canadian geese into flight—darting at them where they munched the grass next to the pool parking lot and left behind their green and white little-finger-sized droppings. She went only a few paces with no hope or intention of catching any of the big birds—just amusing herself at their expense. She […]

Bats Are in His Belfry

Bats are in his belfry. When the cathedral’s bell tolls, they take furious flight, disturbing the quiet of his mind. Devotions depart on journeys to unknown and unknowable places. Try as he might, he cannot remain clear. The bats were not always there. They moved in after he came back from the war. He ministered […]