December 31, 2023

It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day. – from the poem ‘Good Morning’, in Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver ...continue reading

September 2, 2023

On the occasion of Kathy’s 99th birthday, and about twenty years after her death. I’ve been moving around pictures and art in my office. To the right of my desk there’s ...continue reading

Moscow’s Candidate Russia had always been listening, and helping. Vlad and Don sat atop Vlad’s prize stallion as it cantered through the birch trees. Both were topless. Vlad spooned Don, nestling ...continue reading

March 18, 2023

We’re all familiar with place names that are proper names, say Drakes Bay or Fenwick Island. Then there are those whose names are topographic or geographic: Ocean City, Ocean Beach, Lands ...continue reading

March 4, 2023

Road trip to Lyon to move number one son there. *** It was a beautiful morning, a sailor’s warning of red clouds. *** Once clear of town, the views were long ...continue reading

February 12, 2023

August, 2022 Nostalgia’s a funny thing, suspect, especially when amplified by jet lag. It can lead to all kinds of thoughts. As Andre and I left Dulles Airport, I navigated by ...continue reading

November 5, 2022

Based upon The Enormous Radio, a short story by John Cheever Jake Hutchinson pulled into the far end of the back parking lot of 70/Relay. He did not park under the ...continue reading

July 31, 2022

It’s been a busy time: laid low for a few days by covid, knee surgery, home purchase, friends visiting, a move, trips to places that begin with the letter M (Montreal, ...continue reading

July 14, 2022

Writer’s note: for this story to work, the reader must be very familiar with some of Al Pacino’s movies. In addition, the traits of the particular Pacino character must be clearly ...continue reading

January 31, 2022

Random observations of note, not always about Montpellier, sometimes just in my head. As always in these cases, it’s E.B. White style. *** Strange but true In the nearby park a ...continue reading

November 14, 2021

Saturday, 13 November, Chur to Montpellier It was early afternoon when I got in to Mulhouse, having left Chur a little after nine. Mulhouse has a dingy, crappy little train station: ...continue reading

November 7, 2021

Being Alive — The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story. It ...continue reading

September 30, 2021

Titles are hard. Come up with something and in your head it sounds great. See it written down, and it’s weak at best, and subsequent ideas are even worse. A title ...continue reading