A butterfly trapped in a spider’s web

One of my co-workers died the night before Thanksgiving. That would have been sad enough. But what pushes this news into the tragic is that she wasn't some wizened old librarian. She wasn't someone who had been lucky enough to accumulate many decades. She wasn't someone who was at the end of a good, long… Continue reading A butterfly trapped in a spider’s web


Anniversaries and missed deadlines

This is post number 52. Which, had things gone according to plan, should have been published two months ago. But nothing seems to go according to plan for me these days, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. When I started my blog, I'd hoped to average about a post a week, if not more. Lofty goals,… Continue reading Anniversaries and missed deadlines

The kindness of strangers

* Trying to carry on with business as usual feels a bit like fiddling while Rome is burning at this point. But this story isn’t so much for you – although I hope you’ll find resonance within it – as it is for me. Because I need to be reminded of the inherent goodness of… Continue reading The kindness of strangers


“It’s so precious to me…”

I have a few blog posts in the works that should technically come first, but this one just can't wait. I spent last night at a JD McPherson show. It's the first time I've seen them at all since September of 2016, when they opened for Lucius at a few shows in Massachusetts. It's the… Continue reading “It’s so precious to me…”


“If you’ve got my back, I’ll go on.”

This post has been a long time coming, but in retrospect, I'm glad I waited to write it. A lot has happened since I first thought to jot down these observations...events and interactions that have only strengthened my belief that I stumbled onto something pretty special. One of the things that stuck with me after my conversation with… Continue reading “If you’ve got my back, I’ll go on.”


Two halves of the same coin

I'm not saying this to elicit sympathy or anything - it's a simple statement of fact - but I don't have many friends. I never have. I'll probably elaborate more on this in the future, but for now it's sufficient for you to know that my social circle is small and has been for as… Continue reading Two halves of the same coin