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Dad, husband, fiction writer, poet, filmmaker, actor, photographer, music arranger, web dude… there are a lot of hats to wear in life, but for this guy, there’s one that spans across every other role: storyteller.

Here you’ll find stories, good and bad, interesting and banal. But they’re stories and they’re mine.

I’m a New England-based creative artist who works hard and wonders when there’ll be time to do anything else. Sometimes I come here and add a post or two. They’re few and far between, though, so don’t hold your breath!

Most recent posts

  • The Pains of a Slowing He[art]

    My heart’s been acting up, in more ways than one. Life’s been busy, chaotic with a new commute and challenging from a friends-and-family perspective as I try to juggle the time I spend with those I love. The kids are growing remarkably fast, and I’m struggling to keep up with changes in their personalities and…

  • Carnivorous Musings – Winter 2024 Mix (20240102)

    The first of many archived seasonal playlists which, sadly, have become my only consistent creative expression these many, many years!

  • Yuletide Smash – Special Winter 2024 Mix (20231221)

    Yeah, I’ve been using the same Christmas music playlist for about twenty years now, maybe adding a song or two every few years. This year, inspired by a buddy of mine, I decided to go ahead and find a whole playlist full of new Christmas tunes. And what resulted was this blue bit of yuletide…

  • Things Can Change

    I write this having moved this fledgling – and now rather aged – repository of creative work to yet another webhost, having grown sick of the setup I’d had previously which had me annually forgetting the process to renew and install the security certificate. Now the host does it automatically and I can breath easily…

  • Kicking the tires

    So begins three months of nothing but what I want to do. I’ve worked diligently for well over thirty years, and now – finally – some time off to concentrate on things I want to do. It’s an incredible feeling that I’ve been writing about or describing in conversation to people every day since I…

  • What’s Ours, What’s Theirs

    We’re crafting big Hells In little packages, Gift-wrapped by hands Aching with pride, Bones undone by the delicate task Of inviting suffering Where tenderness was required.

  • What’s Poppin?

    And why wouldn’t I start a journal entry some two years after the last with a borrowed title from a TikTok-famous rap track? Truth is, not much has been poppin. Since 2020 was an anguished blur for most of us, it probably isn’t worth recounting. What can be said is that we made it through…

  • When the last thing becomes the only thing

    I started this random site about two-and-a-half years ago to get myself up and running on WordPress again after many, many years of using other CMS solutions. There was interest at my day job in it, so I fired up an instance and wrote a couple entries, focusing more on moving old material from various…

  • The Will and the Way

    My life changed drastically in August. It was for the better – it remains so much for the better – but like all huge changes, it takes time to assimilate all those stray pieces of your existence into a new and durable routine. As a result, I’m still playing life-Jenga and it’s a little frustrating,…

  • This goes here. That goes there.

    This is kind of a turgid brainspill, so I apologize if you’re here reading it as I believe most entries here going forward are going to be more about me sorting through my thoughts and less about me sharing creativity. It’s been a couple weeks since I swung by and did a little organizing. My days…

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