It’s a magical world

We live in a world filled with contraptions that would seem like magic to the folks of not long ago — but also magical devices FROM long ago that, preserved, continue to do magic. I’m looking at my 1941 Philco radio and my century-old records when I refer to the latter.  Here is a recordingContinue reading “It’s a magical world”


We are always seeking the next moment, when the present moment is all we have. We spend a lot of time on “what happened?” And “what next?” But no so much on “what is happening?”  Of course we need to assess what happened and where it might be going, but all we can actually affectContinue reading “This”

When It Began

The program ended, and they looked at the clock. “I must leave you now, love,” he said. “I’m off to write The Great American Something.” “Oh,” she said admiringly. “You’re off to write a novel?” “Perhaps. It will be Something, whatever it is. And Great. And American. Yes, indeed.” “I always knew you had itContinue reading “When It Began”

NaNo NaNo

This, the writers among you know, is NaNoWriMo. Folks who don’t have a pathological need to conjure words all the time may have heard of National Novel Writing Month, the annual November challenge to write a novel in 30 days. I tried it three years ago, dove in, and after three days and 6,000 wordsContinue reading “NaNo NaNo”

Change of scenery

I am moving out of my office/bedroom, where I have created stuff for the last 10 years, and into another bedroom, in part because I have new/old furniture. My current office will be transforming into a bedroom. The centerpiece of my new workspace is this fine rolltop computer desk — I think it’s real oakContinue reading “Change of scenery”

‘What the world needs now’

Ray Bradbury said this: “Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.”  This is a variation on a meme — “God is the Answer. What is your question?” — but for folks (perhaps like me) who are uncomfortable talking about God, let’s talk about love. When a guy livesContinue reading “‘What the world needs now’”

A Song to Sing

I gave my newest book the title Echoes of Freedom Past. It’s a book about reopening, reclaiming and restoring liberty in a post-lockdown world. As the second-guessing that every writer experiences trickles along, I wonder if I should have named it A Song to Sing, after one of the blog posts that linchpins its theme.Continue reading “A Song to Sing”

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