A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio (Goodreads Review)

A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio My rating: 2 of 5 stars A rather dull recitation of President Obama’s accomplishments. I had hoped to find an honest, searching, complex portrait of a person and president I admire very much. What I got instead was straightforward reporting of Obama’s handling of […]

For Mary Oliver

The poet Mary Oliver died today. I want her to know I am grateful. She, more than many, shows how the practice of poetry saves lives. The practice of poetry protects us from pedantry and meanness. Habits of poetry lift us from ugliness, inattention and boredom. Mary Oliver offers patience and attention, how to be […]

Watching. Waiting. (Another Take) | Flash Fiction

Note: Last week I posted a quick piece called “Watching. Waiting.” I didn’t particularly like it at the time. I’m coming to actually hate it. A friend pointed out that the core element of an old man watching cable news to help loosen his connection to life was wrong-headed. It was also ungenerous and mean. […]

What I Learned: Week of September 16 – 22, 2018

A rundown of things I read, saw or heard this week that stuck with me. This week happens to be all podcasts. Worth a listen Post No Evil. Radiolab. 2018aug17. Early in the rise of Facebook, the company realized they needed a rulebook of acceptable behaviors to deal with the occasional appalling, depraved, and possibly […]

The Thing About Writing

Some nights the words absolutely pour out, and you are drowning with things to say. Some nights you write calmly, evenly, almost absent. You surprise yourself days later reading a thing you didn’t realize you had written. And then some nights you write 277 words about a man watching television with Death and wonder how […]

Not the Nerdiest Thing

I recently told a friend that posting an annotated bibliography of the interesting things I have read, heard and watched in a week is the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done. That’s not true. I used to update a monthly spreadsheet of how many times I had listened to each song in my iTunes library so […]