“Access To Francis” [Poem with video]

Here is a poem inspired on Good Friday and Easter 2020 by images of the Pope presenting his messages to the world amid pandemic solitude. After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Audrey Brahler. We met on...

What Care Of Nature? [with video]

What Care Of Nature? Deer leap our fence, to graze the early springtime grass. I had missed how predictable their comings and goings, as if a daily commute from the Glen to our yards and back. Birds cross above, on flight plans I'd underlooked, with not prey in their...

Tea Time

Is it just me, or does it feel kind of apocalyptic around here? What feels to you like a harbinger of the end? Politics? Virus? Environment? Buffoons? Markets? What are you doing about this crazy world? What are you doing about it? Here's a suggestion. Make a cup of...

Two Favorite Questions

When we turned 50, death was undoubtedly closer than birth. Any mathematician can multiply by two. And I'm not betting on living to my hundredth birthday. Even closer -- closer than death -- is the date when the world will stop seeing us. We will still walk the Earth,...

The Second Arrow

When I dream I can fly, I awake buoyant, fresh from swimming in the air. Waking from nightmares is gruesome. My nightmares are either chase scenarios, where I am hunted, or failure scenarios, where I am ill-prepared, incompetent, or unethical. From those nightmares, I...


Recommended Reading

“The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About,” Huffington Post by Gretchen Kelly — for men who stare at women they don’t know

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman — for anyone who wants to better understand gender at work

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit — for men who want to find out if (when) they are buffoons

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — for anyone who wants to better understand racial privilege

Are YOU Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life by Srikumar S. Rao — for Type A people living in a post-industrial society

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie — for creative freelancers (and those who hire them)

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron — to reignite your creativity (buy the paperback and use it like a workbook)