The Lines

Every week I listen to the Slate Gabfest podcast, usually on a Friday morning, much like today. Today’s episode featured a third topic slightly off from the standard insightful political discussion: instead the panel spoke about a recent photo feature in the New York Times illustrating Beastie Boy Mike D’s lavish new Brooklyn townhome. Did […]

Changing light

When I was a child my mind would wander during church. Mostly it wandered towards earthly things, but I have a fairly distinct memory of a particular daydream I’d return to again and again. I would close my eyes during some part of the service, one of the long stretches of sitting or kneeling. I […]

The other side of summer

A few years ago I read a short piece in the Washington Post on the Fifth of July. It’s the downhill slide of summer, was more or less the author’s point. The longest day is past. The hottest part is right here. Heat and sun glaze everything over, our feet kick up puffs of dust […]

This is all making me dizzy.

Here we are, almost two weeks into the new year. I didn’t make any resolutions, it’s not really a thing that I do, but I would like to make sure that I keep up with writing – here on the blog, as well as in other venues. I confess that I felt bogged down. What […]

Givin’ it up

This year for Lent, I gave up French fries. I know I’ve railed in the past against people who use Lent as some sort of New Year’s Resolution Continuance, and it’s always been especially puzzling to me in people who don’t profess the Christian faith. Why not just let yourself off the hook if it’s […]

Did someone say “bucket list”?

You know, I’d never heard the term “bucket list” until they made that movie. A movie, I’ll note, that I haven’t seen. In fact I just looked it up to remind myself of the premise, so I’ll share: “Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with […]

Story: part two of probably at least a few.

It turns out this past weekend was hugely centered around stories and storytelling, so it’s no wonder that it’s been on my mind lately. Saturday I spent the day telling a story with my friends, one we were creating together. On Friday night, I spent time listening to (and participating in) older stories, ones that […]

On Story: part one of several.

This weekend I did something I haven’t done in a long time – I participated in a table-top role-playing game. More than that, I did something I’d never done before – I was the Game Master, the one in charge of the whole shebang. In years past, I’d been one of a team of Storytellers […]

In which I go on about songs: a thought experiment.

“Songs that keep you sane and inspire you.” That’s what WTMD, my local listener-supported radio station, is asking for. It’s to be part of a countdown of “Desert Island Songs.” You are surely familiar with the exercise, which is often done with albums as well. It’s a thought experiment: what’s the music that would mean […]

Apple Pie Order

Last weekend was busy. This weekend was busy too, in point of fact, and the weeknights haven’t exactly been slow and empty either. Come to think of it, my life has just been busy, and a little cluttered, of late. It’s been almost a year since I moved into this apartment, and one of the […]