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Amtrak Writer's Residency

Amtrak Writer’s Residency

Writing Residency   Writer friends take note: Amtrak is launching a program where they offer writer residencies. My sister sent me a link to an article on it a couple weeks ago, and the first thing I did was send them an email asking about it. This week, they put up an application form, and [...]

Stone River Walker: Good Boots

Stone River Walker: Good Boots

The sole of my right shoe was threatening to detach from the bulk of it when I got to the rest stop. It was a little old stone building, store in front, house connected to the back. I walked through the door. If anything, it was hotter in there than the desert air outside. The old man looked up from his Louis L’Amour novel and said, “Son, you’ve got the look of someone who’s been walkin’ [...]

Let's Talk About Death

Let’s Talk About Death

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare  The Boxer Death has kept creeping up on my mind this week, in one form or another. Did you hear about Omar Henry? He was a boxer, and a damned [...]

Let's Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love

It has been, in many respects, an objectively bad week. Normally, I don’t talk about anything too personal. Ironic, I know, given that this is a personal blog, specifically separated from my business one. However, circumstances limit other forms of communication, so here it is, an actual look under the hood of normally self-contained person. [...]

The Day I Met Grumpy Cat

The Day I Met Grumpy Cat

In a ranch house on a dirt road roughly northwest of Phoenix, just past where my phone’s GPS says, “Screw it,” and sends me off in random directions, dwells a feline recently interwoven with the very fabric of the internet. Grumpy Cat is about as famous as a cat could get, and frankly, she couldn’t [...]