Urban Nature, Write?

We live in the middle of either a medium-large metro of close to two million people or seven mid-sized cities jammed shoulder to shoulder around the area where the James River empties into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It depends who you ask. We've long been a family to enjoy a walk. Being temporarily... Continue Reading →

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How To Black Friday

You can shop any day. Deals aren't worth suffering for. Whether you're fishing or reading a book or hugging your loved ones, an extra-cheap television or whatever isn't better. It's not even equal. It's a distant, distant 47th place behind all the other things that actually make you happy and make your life a genuinely... Continue Reading →

Hacking A Story Apart…

(This post first appeared on my Patreon page on 24 February. Patrons -- even if all they can spare is one thin dollar per month -- see my posts first. They also get to see the stories I publish 30 days in advance, plus a FREE .pdf copy, even if I charge for the ebook... Continue Reading →

One of Those Days…

...I have two or three of these a week. Deep breath... Doing something creative, like writing or making a mock ebook cover grousing about being annoyed, helps.  Just one more way to integrate creativity into my life. 

‘Never Give Up’ and the Buddha Story

‘The one thing successful people never do is quit.’   You see this phrase and variants of it bandied about the inspirational and self-help crowd quite a bit.  There’s enough truth in it that it sounds worth repeating—and it is—and a lot of folks do just that.  Never surrender.  Hang in there.  Keep on truckin’. ... Continue Reading →

Norfolk, Virginia: Do You Care?

I just minutes ago drove through an intersection near my home. There had obviously been an accident there very recently. How do I know this?Because, although the stricken cars are gone, there are big hunks of metal and plastic littering the intersection. They are right in the path of traffic. Perfectly placed to puncture tires.Public... Continue Reading →

Told You So, New Baby Edition

Here's my little blogging delay, 9 lbs and 1 oz of brand new baby boy named Cuinn.  He was born late on the night of the 17th and we've been busy ever since adjusting to his new presence.  We're not the only ones adjusting.  His two big brothers, 15 and 2, are adjusting as well.... Continue Reading →

Busy With Babies

You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything in an unusually long time. I have a perfectly good... PERFECTLY good, I say... explanation. We've been expecting a baby any minute now, and have been convinced, constantly, for two weeks, that the little guy was going to make his appearance ANY MOMENT. He's a tricky... Continue Reading →

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