When books make you cry.

It can take seconds, but books have an emotional impact well beyond their weight. I get up, walk from the living room, see a hardback version of a favorite book--- I've left it out from sorting my shelf.  It's filled with poems about a war (doesn't matter which one, the…

Happy Birthday, Son. Love, Dad.

Our son Teddy turns nine today. His birthday is the culmination of a series of surprises, that include (but are not limited to): Becoming a dad at forty, when my entire life had been spent in service to myself, not others. The surreal experience of my bride and I being…

When Squirrels Attack

Squirrels are adorable terrorists. They're small, agile, cute, destructive, and recently, they attempted to take me out. Muerte. Dead. Doomed. Ixnayed. Rubbed out. Removed with extreme prejudice. Call it what you will, this was a clear attempt on my life. Some background: Our home is more than a century old.…

Book Candles. Editing. Fun.

Write a book. Now, go back and re-read the book  few years later. Edit your book while swilling coffee, ordering book candles, and bathing in the horror that you actually wrote that and thought, "Damn. This is art." This is my current place in life. I finished a novel last week…

The Power of Pie

Today is National Pie Day, or Pi Day if you insist on the use of math. As a history professor, I naturally avoid any numbers that are more complex than, say, single digits. It's for our own good. Trust me. However, 3.14 is a number even I can remember, and…

Cats make me weird(er).

We have somewhere between five and seventy cats. I don't know the exact number, but it seems to fluctuate based on things like "holding a can of tuna" and "trying to write a book while using a laptop". Outwardly, I appear to be a dog person. We have five dogs.…
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