The Write Purpose

I get asked by arguably too-kind people from time to time, “Why aren’t you with some publisher to get your books more widely distributed? Your stories are as good as some of the stuff that I pick up off the shelves.” (I love to hear that, by the way, so don’t hesitate to say so […]

Class Act

I have become convinced that if it appears that you have money, the world wants to make you an alcoholic. First off, understand that I don’t have money. Well, okay, I have resources to a level that 99% of the people who have ever lived on this rock would envy, and that means I am […]

Unlucky In Love

My name is Lane. You know, like the Cherry one that Puff the Magic Dragon used to play along, and if you don’t know about it, you should because it’s sweet and charming. Go to YouTube and search for “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. And the story, besides being sweet and […]

The Right Thing

I rolled down the interstate in my Acura, heading out of the city under a searing, oppressive sun, the highway traffic as crowded as my thoughts. I was driving to a deposition, usually an event of some fancied import, even if the only net effects are to harass my overburdened opponent and annoy the witness. […]

The Power of Truth

With the witness now departed, the two lawyers and court reporter acknowledged their conversation to be the strangest one they had ever had in their professional lives. They were faced with a situation that had to be erased. Every professional instinct in them screamed to go no further. Despite that, the notes of the two […]

Island life. For a few days.

Since my last travel posting (from Hong Kong), I’ve had trips to Norway and South Korea. I didn’t write about them because, well, I’m not sure that the people who sent me want me to put it out here on my blog. When enough time has passed, I probably will, because they’ve all been memorialized, […]

The day of the NOT heart attack. NOT.

Here’s how having a heart attack messes up your mind. As chronicled in “The Day of the Heart Attack” nearly six years ago, back in May of 2011, I had awakened in the 3:00 a.m. hour of the morning, not feeling right, and it turned out I was having a heart attack, and a few […]

Why I Cook (and photograph)(and write)

My foundational reason for cooking is simple. Way back when, Grandma did the cooking in the house, I occasionally made hamburgers or chili. I didn’t like to grill all that much, even. Back then in our lives as relatively young(!) parents, we were both working full-time jobs, our kids were going to school and pretending […]

2-12-07 – Welcome!

I’m used to seeing new registrants trickle into the blog, and by “trickle,” I mean pretty close to a drought-level flow. I don’t advertise this blog. I don’t post on it regularly enough. Heck, sometimes I forget I have it. It’s not like I’m out there, beckoning in the madding crowd. That trickle of registrants, […]

Blueberry Compote (not “compost”)

Ingredients: Frozen blueberries Orange/pineapple/mango juice (or whatever juice you want) Cinnamon Nutmeg Lemon juice Lime juice Spiced rum Brown sugar This is such a silly little thing that I hesitate to include it, but it was easy, and it worked. That’s what we’re all looking for in cooking, right? “Easy, and it worked.” Grandma and […]