Category Archives: writer’s life

thoughts, feelings, whines and wonderings about managing it all while trying to write

Amoeba Penguin Tire

I left at midday. The raven family in the spruce stand across the street sent me off with a guttural serenade heard through the open car windows. Ravens. My closest neighbors are ravens, their raucous cries background noise. My heart … Continue reading

Posted in writer's life | Leave a comment

Soul Ache

“It’s dirty. All the houses have all kinds of shit piled outside and everything is dirty. And the weather isn’t helping.” Grim. Bleak. Gray is my favorite color but the red-brown-gray of Catskills road grit fails to move me, no … Continue reading

Posted in writer's life | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Thanksgiving 2018

Darkness at 4:30 p.m., sheet-of-ice driveway, and the woodstove’s flickering glow is a necessity, not an option. All say “January” but the calendar still says November. November is hard up here on Bramley. I make and sell handmade jewelry and … Continue reading

Posted in Catskilliana, the woof pack, writer's life | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Stopping and Going

Steady rain and four of the Bramley Mountain Five (aka The Woof Pack, The Striped Marauders, and other less family friendly names) were my hiking partners this morning. We opted for the long loop, gaining and losing elevation like kids … Continue reading

Posted in Hiking, the woof pack, writer's life | Leave a comment

From Bedlam Farm to Bramley Mountain: Good Ideas, Bad Writing, and Matters of Life and Death

A few days before Mica died, I let her rough house and wrestle despite her chest full of cancer. I wrote “my poor judgment and failure to protect her from her own impulses could well have cost her her life.” … Continue reading

Posted in the woof pack, writer's life | 2 Comments

A Dog Training Manual as Memoir

Eventually I will write this book. The whole thing. Not sure when “eventually” will turn into “soon” but it will happen. I’m sharing it now, prematurely, since the rest of the book hasn’t been written yet, as a way to … Continue reading

Posted in the woof pack, writer's life | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

2015 – The Holiday Letter

2015 was the year I discovered how much I like beer. Not just any beer, but the particular style of beer brewed to withstand the journey by sea to India: the India Pale Ale. Balanced but bitter, strong, full-bodied, and … Continue reading

Posted in writer's life | Leave a comment