IAVA Going Silent

It’s Memorial Day, a time for many to celebrate a long weekend, drink too much beer, and welcome summer. It’s all too easy to forget what this holiday is really about, and while [...]

Anchorage: Farewell

Today I head back “down south,” as they say in Alaska–meaning the lower 48–and it’s always a time of reflection for me. My first trip in 2009 was a 3-week whirlwind. [...]

Anchorage: Walking

And so there is walking. Always the walking–part of my daily movement, part of my daily practice as a writer, part of my thinking process. Sometimes it’s peaceful and wandering. Other [...]

Back at the Dojo

The other part of coming home is training full time in Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karate and Shintoyoshinkai Jiu Jitsu. I haven’t written about my passion for martial arts in quite some time, so [...]

Phase 2

Enter Phase 2 of Texas-prep mode: The Big Sort. We’ve seen this before, folks, and I’m going at it hardcore this week as I stack, sort, donate, shift, break down, mail, and condense. Now that I [...]

An Open Letter to Texas

Dear Texas, Since it looks like we’ll be spending time together this fall, I thought I should introduce myself. You’ll know me first and foremost by my car, THE CLAW, which will cross [...]

Re-framing Failure

I’ve been putting this post off for a long time, though the hatch marks sizzled into my brain over the past eight months with a permanence that still smarts. Nineteen months into my two-year [...]

page  9  of  20