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Where We Might See Each Other This Year

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Photo by Rawpixel via Unsplash 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year. On July 3rd, the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell enters the big, wide world: The Edge of Over There. I have had such a generous response to the first book, and I [...]

A New Experiment (or, Follow Along as I Write My Next Novel)

By | January 4th, 2018|Fiction, On Writing|

Photo by Eli Francis via Unsplash From John Steinbeck's journal entry on January 29th, 1951 [Monday] as recorded in the book, Journal of a Novel “Dear Pat: How did the time pass and how did it grow so late. Have we learned anything from the passage of time? [...]

My Question for 2018

By | January 3rd, 2018|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt|

Photo by Roberto Tumini via Unsplash I'm entering 2018, not with a word, but with a question. * * * * * Leo is three years old. We walk into his room at bedtime. The city is cold outside his window, and the radiator at the foot of [...]

The Man From Nowhere #RideshareConfessional

By | December 14th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash It’s after 9pm in this small city on a week night which means light traffic, empty alleys. It’s cold outside. The long-haired, younger-than-middle-aged man slides into the back seat. He sits up very straight. He has perceptive eyes behind his glasses. Usually, [...]

What the Woman Who Almost Died Said About My Book

By | December 12th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction|

"Have you read this book?" the woman asked as she picked up a copy of The Day the Angels Fell. The question was directed at my wife, Maile, while she worked at my mom's market stand. Mai was taken aback - the woman's question came out intense, pointed. Have you [...]

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The Hardest Part is Waking

By | December 8th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Poetry|

One of my favorite writers, Kelly Chripczuk, has a new book of poems out called Between Heaven and Earth. What  I love most about Kelly's writing shines through in these poems - her honesty, her awareness, and her determination to pull the sliver of good out of every situation. You [...]

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“I Moved Up Here,” He Said, “For a Reason.”

By | December 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash I pick up the teenage boy in the south of the city outside a house that sits on a dark, narrow street. He climbs in without saying a word, tall and lanky and barely fitting. We drive off, making our way around [...]