The Great Darkness writers after a very good reading at Elmer's Store in Ashfield, MA.
June 2, 2014
Anne and Jacqueline breaking the political divide.
I have a plan for the political gridlock and general bad behavior in Washington, DC. They’re going to hire my friend Anne and me to take them to Adventure Camp. By them, I mean our Senators; the Congress may require more help than we can offer.
Anne and I have been friends for (more…)
May 27, 2014
Tag Sale Treasures
Yard Sale Rules Revealed
It’s that time of year again. Someone has hauled their treasures to their yard, driveway, or carport and we are free to treasure hunt. Here in Western Mass we call them tag sales. Everyone else in the country insists on calling them something else, like yard sales or garage (more…)
May 15, 2014
The Hilda Couch
I sold Great Aunt Hilda. I tried to sell her on Craig’s List, but it was not until I listed her in the local paper that the deal was closed. As soon as I met the buyer, I understood why Craig’s List hadn’t been the right place for her. Hilda had (more…)
May 1, 2014
Typo Life Forms Revealed
Evidence exists that typos are in fact sentient beings. Or in this case, they look a lot like horses and they are plenty sentient. Please note the photo. For years I had suspected that I had examined every word of stories, essays, newsletters, and most recently Facebook postings, until there were absolutely no typos. (more…)
July 29, 2013
RIP on Cape Cod
After a long life, my Mac Book has gone on to its eternal rest. I purchased it in 2005, used, and I couldn’t ask for a sturdier work horse. I was not initially an Apple fan, and in fact, I still live a 50/50 life, pounding away at my Dell PC when I’m at (more…)
March 27, 2013
New Englanders love spring and the evidence of spring’s arrival was everywhere last week. Migrating birds had returned, tiny buds had popped out of the ground, and the air had a delicious sweetness to it. And then slam! A late snowstorm rolled in and dropped six inches of snow that had the consistency (more…)
January 31, 2013
I love everything about going out to the movies. The test of a great movie is that I’m still thinking about it one week later and something in me has changed. It’s the same with great books.
I love the smell of popcorn, the anticipation, and especially the collective emotional responses when (more…)
January 10, 2013
The Next Big Thing
Right before Christmas, Maura Lynch asked me to participate in The Next Big Thing online event — a way for authors/bloggers to share news about upcoming projects.
Maura Lynch lives in Manhattan , New York , and is a former film, television and publishing executive. She is writing a memoir about having (more…)
December 28, 2012
For 68 years I have been contented with “Alan,” but as a soon-to-be grandfather I suddenly need a new name. “Daddy” arrived with the birth of my daughter and all too soon became “Oh Dad,” with a level of dismay only possible from an adolescent. But other than that natural passage through fatherhood I have (more…)
December 10, 2012
Brian Leaf recently published Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, which is full of heart-felt humor and humility. In this lovely guest column, Brian shares the fundamentals of Ayurveda and how they can apply to our creativity. Take his short quiz to discover your type.
Brian Leaf, M.A. is the author of Misadventures (more…)