June 2, 2016 A thousand miles away is where I am. Missing spring in the Adirondacks. It’s hard to miss it. We wait so long for spring to come. Marking each milestone in the sometimes inexorably long proces. more »»
It’s not you; it’s me
May 19, 2016 Really, Facebook. I remember when I was first hearing about it. Some MySpace sort of thing, mainly for college kids posting party pictures, was my thinking. more »»
Decisions, decisions ...
May 5, 2016 For the past couple weeks, the lines of a song have been stuck in my head: “Did you ever have to make up your mind? Pick up on one and leave the other one behind? .. more »»
Just be yourself
April 21, 2016 It’s that time of year. Summer’s coming, and for many, that means finding a summer job. High schoolers are thinking about what kind of job they’d like, or are able, to do. more »»
April 7, 2016 If you’ve ever been to a conference, you know the thrill. The excitement, a schedule packed with seminars, events, and speakers. Throngs of people to network with ... new connections to be made. more »»
Who doesn’t want to be stronger?
March 24, 2016 Once upon a time, I was a gym rat. Seriously. It was eons ago, but I was totally into it for about six years. Yeah, the glory days of youth, right? I had an elaborate workout plan. A three-day split. more »»
Sticks and stones
March 10, 2016 “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me,” so goes the childhood rhyme. We all learned that one early on. It did feel good to have something to yell back at mean kids. more »»
Inching toward spring
February 25, 2016 Last week I was in North Carolina ... the Outer Banks ... an annual trip to visit a cousin I’d reconnected with not long ago. It was our third reunion. more »»
February 11, 2016 “Hon, you gotta play the game; you could get free grocery stuff! Like a free donut! Who doesn’t want a free donut!?” The cashier from the next lane over was sincere, and very enthusiastic. more »»
What to read next?
January 28, 2016 I have a book problem. I’m addicted to reading. My house is filled with books. Almost every room has a bookcase, or three. If there’s no bookcase, there’s probably a shelf. more »»
Out with the old
January 14, 2016 2015. A year that is over. Complete. It started like all years, with hope, wishes, dreams, resolutions and goals. Three-hundred-sixty-five days passed, one by one. more »»
Waiting for winter
December 31, 2015 At long last, our waiting comes to an end. Waiting for snow. Waiting for winter. Waiting for Christmas. I’ve never been that good at waiting. Waiting for class to end or the school day to be over. more »»
’Tis the season
December 17, 2015 Fa la la. La la. La. Decorations went up a little late. Well, they’re usually a week or two after Thanksgiving anyway, depending on the results of hunting season. more »»
The Christians and the pagans
December 3, 2015 Every year just before Thanksgiving, I feel a great apprehension. My muscles tense and my brain seizes with thoughts of shoulds and oughts and obligations. more »»
Mysteries in the wall
November 12, 2015 When we first moved here, it seemed like every person I met had some story about our house. There was sometimes a proprietary air as they shared their recollection. It was overwhelming. more »»
October 29, 2015 I recall a Dave Barry quote I read once, “There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.” Maybe. more »»
I’ll do it later
October 15, 2015 I have time. It’s not due until tomorrow. Some of my best work comes when I’m under pressure, deadline looming. “I work better at the last minute,” I tell myself. That’s how I’ve always been. more »»
We should meet for lunch ...
October 1, 2015 I feel I haven’t been a good friend lately. I don’t call. I forget birthdays. It’s been ages since I wrote most of my friends letters. more »»
September 17, 2015 Dear you, Hey, how’s it going? Sorry I haven’t written in so long, but you know ... life, work, family, the car, the pets, etc ... more »»
Church of coffee
September 3, 2015 I scan the lot for an open space. Kind of a big deal in Lake Placid. Do I have change for the meter? Is there even a spot? Yes. I feed the meter a couple quarters. I feel like a coffee. more »»
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds ...
August 20, 2015 Saturday, July 19, 2014. Last summer. “Local friends: it was not me,” I wrote on Facebook. Quickly, I had tapped that out via my phone, before we started the engine to fly back to Saranac Lake. more »»