Postcards Are Out!

Lots of things make me happy. Words. Funny little drawings. Getting mail. Do you love these things too? I hope so, because for a long time I’ve wanted to take my blog beyond the digital realm and into the real world. The postcard campaign is the closest I’ve come to making that dream come true.…

Literary Alert!

The Spring 2018 issue of the Timberline Review is now available for purchase on their website! www.timberlinereview.com. My essay, “What to Wear on Windy Days” appears in this issue. Although an earlier version of this work appeared on this blog last July, it underwent some major changes after I took my month-long bicycle sojourn across the…

Zoes: A Fable

Part One: The Adoption Just before Hannah’s 25th birthday, I got the wild idea to get her a cat as a gift. Was it my idea? We’ll never know. Our good friend Silvia lives in Ashland, and this is where we were visiting for the birthday weekend. I also figured this would be a fine…

This is a Good Story

It’s not very often life hands you a story, fully formed, that begs to be told. A really Good Story. Okay, there are the little stories. Like the time we let a bag of meat rot under our steps. Or when my four-year-old nephew accidentally backed my brother’s truck into a lake. I’m talking about the…

1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore*

#173. If a starfish is torn apart into single rays, can each become a new star? Yes, under certain circumstances. Most rays (legs) will only grow out and reconstitute a whole starfish if the ray retains part of the central body region. However, there is a Southern Californian starfish which is remarkable in several ways.…