Greed occasionally spoils my sacred weekend mornings with the newspaper. Reading about companies moving large sums of cash, executives collecting a cool billion, I daydream. I ask my lady what is it we have to do to get a slice of the pie? $250K. That’s it. A modest sum in a country with deep pockets. […]

Perhaps there’s no one better to speak to adversity than a veteran Navy Seal. Last week, Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, gave a fairly awesome commencement address to graduates of University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater. He spoke on the lessons he gleaned from his SEAL […]

Apparently, there is an old maxim that time tends to speed up with age. How true this rings out. If it not for a journal I keep, the days would be lost, relegated to one, big homologous mass of time dotted only by the changing of seasons, rare trips and funerals. This week, I changed […]

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. ‘Tis a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson “Power” The calendar won’t declare it for another month, but it’s winter here in Trumansburg. That brash, cutting cold. And […]

I will now type a very adult sentence: I actually read something great in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal. A feature — “Who Ruined the Humanities?”, which is surprisingly un-WSJ and available without a pay wall here — touches on the meaninglessness of collegiate literary studies. Now the main takeaway from this whole screed […]

A little ways into 2006, during my sojourn in New Jersey, the Boathouse Records dudes and I made a trip into NYC for a show  featuring some of our friends. They happened to be playing a gig at the Lit Lounge with a host of other bands, one of them being a singer-songwriter who went by […]