Great Responsibility: Maile’s Thoughts on Intervening After Seeing a Mother Hit Her Little Girl

By | March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Maile and Leo, in his first moments of life. After last weeks post about us confronting a neighbor who hit her little girl, we've had a lot of feedback, all over the map. Maile and I have continued to talk about it, and I asked her to please [...]

When My Daughter Found a Crack Pipe in the Back Yard

By | January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

There is rich, dark earth under these streets. I know. I saw it myself when the machines dug up the asphalt, replacing the veins of this city. So we went out into the backyard all seven of us into our small patch of green searching for that rich earth. A [...]

As if all I Have Been Created to Do is Make Noise and Crash Into Things

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This post first appeared at Nish Weiseth's beautiful old site, Deeper Story. I have an unbelievably fond place in my heart for that website and especially for the people who wrote there alongside me. I wrote some of my best material for Deeper Story, and what I wrote in this [...]

waiting for what else

By | August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

'you okay?' i ask for the seventeenth time that day and you humor me, smile that same old smile, as if the whole world isn't growing inside you. 'right as rain,' you say, resigned to the fact that this baby is not coming today maybe not tomorrow. forty weeks may [...]

The Sound of a Child Not Breathing Well

By | June 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

This post is about Abra, but this picture is of Leo, in his new favorite place, fireside. There is the sound of a child who is not breathing well, the sound of inflamed airways, the sound of air-gulping. She comes into our room in the middle of the [...]

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Something New and Exciting

By | June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

For the last few months, Maile and I have been working away at a new idea, something we've been wanting to do for a long time. Today it becomes a reality. James Street Review is here. It's a site where children around the ages of 10 - 16 review books [...]

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An Award-Winning Photograph…of Me?

By | April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This photo, by John Sanderson of Sanderson Images, won a portrait contest with Maine Media Workshops. A few months ago, my photographer friend John Sanderson approached me with an idea. He wanted to start a new line of services at his studio involving editorial-style brand portraits. What? That's [...]