Life During Wartime

[Blogging pro-tip: If you wait long enough, your last post becomes relevant again. But regardless, I deserve a good scolding for sure.]   It’s been nearly a year since last I posted, and it hasn’t been particularly good one. In that time I’ve laid off staff, been laid off myself, […]

Halloween

Summer Salt - T.M. Camp

Just a little something in the spirit of the season…   “Summer Salt” by T.M. Camp The aged oak trees line each side of the narrow dirt lane. The twisted boughs above me clutch at the flat, pale sky beyond. I walk beneath them without knowing where I came from […]

Summer’s End

Summer's End

October. As long back as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan. There are lots of reasons why but, if I’m being honest, the biggest one is probably that October is when it’s fairly safe to assume that we’re done with all the hot weather and summer nonsense. October […]

Grandpa was…

My wife wrote this eulogy for her grandfather, Kensinger Jones. She read it at his memorial service last month. Since the service, people who knew and loved Ken have been asking for a copy (including me). I think it’s lovely. (I don’t have a photo of Keeley and Ken together, […]

Periscope

I’ve talked about this before, but the latest surge in popularity for live video streaming apps like Periscope has reminded me of the digital clock I used to watch from my bedroom window late at night: …and when I was young, I’d look out my window at night. There was […]

Context

This is a true story. One afternoon this past summer, my 19-year-old son was walking down the middle of the street in a neighborhood here in our town.  A car pulled up behind him.  My son did not move out of the road, just kept walking. After a moment the […]

So, this kinda made my day…

When I was younger, two of my favorite books were Mercer Mayer’s Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zooand One Monster After Another. Recently I dug them out of a box in the basement. They’re now my youngest’s favorite books. She’s reading them over and over again, much as I […]

time and tide

My youngest started school today. She was excited. She was ready. It was a good morning, lots of memories. A bit fraught, a little bittersweet. We did okay. We watched her walk to the door. So confident. She’s my hero. But there were tears in the car and, later, more […]

Big Pop

Today’s my grandfather’s birthday. He would have been 106 years old. I don’t have a lot of memories of him. We moved away when I was very young and I only saw him a handful of times after that. But the memories I do have are special. I wrote this […]

lost keys

As the plane breaks the cloud cover over Key West, I look out the window and see the ocean for the first time in I’ve-lost-count-how-many-years. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I hate the sea. But I have to admit, despite myself, it is an impressive sight. The water below […]