Fighting the Good Fight…for Wifi

I was wrong. Surely I knew better. But still, the minute I arrived in my room at the Grove Park Inn, I unpacked. I hung my clothes in the closet and tossed the rest of my stuff around. I went out to grab a sandwich for a late lunch. Only then, around 3pm, did I try to...

Writing Fan Mail to Poet Mark Doty

It was just a short little poem in The New Yorker last week. And it had a title that didn’t interest me at all: Pescadero. Is that a place? Dunno. I usually skip the poetry anyway, but this one’s first line stopped me: “The little goats like my mouth and fingers,” the...

Snow Plops Keep Falling on My Head

You know how sometimes you get a wondrous idea, only to find it doesn’t quite work like you figured? This morning was like that. Last night’s snowfall left everything white and pristine…white ground, white sky, white trees. The trees looked like they were dressed for...

Micro-Loans Change Lives — including Mine

Tonight I made a loan to a woman in the Philippines I’ll never meet. I know very little about her. Melodina P. is a 40-year-old widow with two school-age children. She sells food products in the local marketplace. My contribution to her loan completed the amount she...

Skipping Out at the Literary Seminar

I spent last week at the Key West Literary Seminar. I go to the seminar every year (well, okay, for the last four years – that makes a tradition, I think). The focus of this year’s seminar, titled Clearing the Sill of the World, was poetry. Although I occasionally...

Just Book It!

You know how long it takes to book a flight online these days? About 20 minutes. So we’re all just about 20 minutes away from starting that trip that we’ve been dreaming about. What stops us? Oh, it feels so irresponsible…I need to save money, I don’t deserve a...