On Writing

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”  – Samuel Beckett “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” – Harper Lee “When I finally write […]

Promises, promises …

Lately I find myself singing the words to Lady Gaga’s Promises, Promises with renewed vigor. And not the happy kind. Didn’t promise used to conjure up more positive images? I remember associating the word with hope, potential, success, the Boy Scouts and John Denver. Now, the word makes me feel, well, frustrated. It strikes me […]

A Little Respect, Please, for the Undecided

I’m tired of apologizing for my tendency to land firmly in the middle. To change my mind. To rethink. Re-evaluate. It started with the inability to choose chocolate or vanilla as a child. Thank God someone invented the twist. It’s not that I don’t have convictions. I despise littering for example.  I’ll chase litterers down […]


  … LIKE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE EXPERIENCE OF COLLEGE, FOR INSTANCE. I read an article recently about the British Museum publishing  The History of the World in 100 Objects and it got me thinking about my own top 100 things that have shaped my life—among them, my college experience (@ Bowling Green State University), and […]


If I must write, and I must, why not a blog? It’s what all the self-absorbed are doing now. And I need the writing practice. Vince Lombardi supposedly said something to the effect that “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”  I’ll shoot for that.  Now, there’s some pressure. Unlike most bloggers, […]