On a surprise (forgotten) day of PTO, I learned of John Clare—I am Jack Randall now. I was Byron and Shakespeare formerly. As I read his verse and am confronted with his dismay at the destruction of the wild places he loved—this was the 19th c.—I am filled with sadness and nostalgia for how far this has gone in 200 years.[Read More]
I’m filled with this longing—again—to be taken up with writing and reading poetry. It will pass, a momentary urge. But where does this urge come from? To be known? Who knows poets but other poets? And it seems unlikely that I’d find publication when I haven’t put the time in. I haven’t read, I haven’t written in years. But that can all change. And let’s say I stop chasing an ideal and just start working at it. What might that get me?[Read More]
Danez Smith on Individuality
This does not hit close to home. It’s dead-on, right to the face.[Read More]
Creamy Garlic Dressing
This dressing makes for great garlic burgers. A small touch on poached eggs makes for very creamy, garlicky eggs.[Read More]
Time and Value
I am 5. I have my whole life before me. What will I become? A fireman. A policeman. A construction worker.
I am 15. I have my whole life before me. What will I become? A lawyer. An architect. An inventor.
I am 21. I have my whole life before me. What will I become? A writer. An artist. A god.
I am 44. I have lived more than half my life. What will I become? Dust. Ashes. A fading memory.
We think differently at different times about how much time we have before us and what we can become with this time. But who among us can spend, right now, anything more than the present moment?[Read More]
Openness of Thought—Doubting Conviction
Words: Creative and Limiting
Recently I was discussing with a friend my failed aspirations to be a writer. I have a complex relationship with words. On the one hand they are an art form capable of extending, composing, and in some sense creating the world of our perceptions. On the other hand, they often tend to confine, reduce, limit, and damn us to live within a tinny parody of our fullest experience.[Read More]
Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe
This chocolate cake is dense and rich, but not overly sweet, especially if it is divided into 4 layers. It has been Anastasia’s birthday cake since she was little.[Read More]
These burgers are a family favorite. Simple, thick slices of everything, and finished off with a spicy dressing that balances it all out.[Read More]