Category Archives: Writing

2015 Maine Literary Awards May 13

2015 Maine Literary Awards Finalist – The Westgate House

A surprise piece of news this morning: I received notice I’d been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Maine Literary Awards Nonfiction Short Works category. The excerpts below – that made up the submission – are part of a larger piece called The Christmas Letters. Some of you are familiar with another excerpt from […]

May 11

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #45 Pink Moon, Nick Drake

  * There were probably ten of us, split up between two cars. We were on spring break, headed from the Upper West Side to Sarasota, Florida. The late model station wagon I was in had bags roped to the roof and about six of us inside. This was long before seat belts so we […]

September 26

Tattoo You (A Men’s Night Out)

* I’m part of a group of guys that goes out monthly in my neighborhood to, well, drink I suppose, mostly. But we manage to sneak some other activities in there as well. Anyway, it was my turn to host, which really means decide where we’re going to drink, and I decided to put a […]

July 20

Notes from the STPTS (Seattle-Portland-Seattle Bike Ride)

My son and I biked the “STP” Seattle-to-Portland ride last weekend and then returned home via the same route. A few minor notes and observations from the five day, 415 mile ride: ‘Somebody Might Have Mentioned That’ Dept. It turns out ten thousand rider Seattle-to-Portland bicycle “event” isn’t actually a race. You aren’t competing. There’s no prize […]

March 04

Elton John’s Maple Drive Oscar Party

Last night watching the post Oscar telecast, I caught an interview with Elton John about what have now become legendary Oscar parties for his AIDS foundation. He mentioned the place where he first held it, some twenty years ago, at a restaurant in Beverly Hills called Maple Drive. The following excerpt, long buried on my […]

January 27

“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”

Seattle Friends, If you are even a little curious about the Camino de Santiago and would like to understand more about the experience of walking it, this documentary is a great place to start and it is going to be in Seattle soon. Starting on Friday, February 7th at the SIFF Uptown Cinema, there will […]

January 15

9 Reasons Steve Jobs Will Come Back From the Dead to Fire Somebody at TBWA\Media Arts Lab

1. The False Note It’s going to be six months before I can read a poem after this mess. Just in case the clap of thunder and the swirling, Terrence Malick storm clouds didn’t clue you in, the long, single stroke of cello should have. I was in the middle of the divisional round and […]

January 01

‘Her’ (Spike Jonze, 2013)

Caveat Spectatorus: there are a couple details revealed about the film that *may* be spoilers. But do come back later! There is so much to see. The near-future urban world of ‘Her’ has been exquisitely imagined: holographic video games, softly illuminated elevator panels, sleek intra-building walkways, clicking earbuds – and not a detail feels borrowed […]

December 24

The Christmas Letters

I look up from the black and white laptop screen and the whole world is in color just like in the Wizard of Oz. It’s 10:30 at night and I’ll be writing for hours, but I don’t care because I’m ready now. Daddy’s home for Christmas.

December 13

Dr. Brad

For several years an old friend has posted Facebook aphorisms with the key words adorned in title case. Gratitude. Love. Look. Soulmate. Partner. Equinox. “I don’t believe I’m the “Healer”, but I DO believe I’m hear as Your Facilitator in Your Healing process.Dr.Brad” They were often punctuated incorrectly, spaces missed on the keys, double-entry on DrDr. They were […]

Christmas Tree December 09

The Little Christmas Tree in My Heart

Twas the night before Christmas and pouring with rain. We gathered the family in our car and headed out to the Christmas Tree dealership so we could pick out a tree we all agreed on, because that’s the family deal: everybody has to like the tree. If you don’t like it, the way you express […]

November 15

Scenes from a Yoga Practice

There is a hot yoga studio hidden about a hundred yards from the door of my Fremont office building. The studio is located at the funky convergence of a tattoo parlor, a Burlington Northern train of garbage dumpsters, and, so help me God, a stray alley cat somebody fitted with a nose ring. If nobody has kicked into […]

November 10

Kenneth Katzner’s English-Russian Dictionary (More Notes of the Film Gravity)

(Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen Gravity, but have plans to, stop here. If you haven’t read my first set of notes on the film, they are here.) Visiting with my son and my brother’s family last night in New Jersey, I saw Gravity for a second time. When I came out the first time, […]

October 20

My daughter Alannah started a blog recently called “miss tweenster.” She’s created a daily theme – Funday Monday, Whatever Wednesday, Saturday Shopping – for girls her age. (She’s 11) I liked today’s post on favorite songs – as much for the shout-out to Dad buried in there (see if you can find it) as to […]

October 05

7 Provocative Comments About the Film Gravity

I am one of those people that gets really enthusiastic about the things he instinctively loves, throws out wild, barely-considered assertions, and then aggressively and vehemently defends them. Here goes: 1. Terrence Malick needs to see Gravity so that he can learn how to incorporate beautiful images into an actual story. Call it poetry class. James […]