Rethinking the Virtues of Being Hyper-Connected to the Digital Realm

Over the annuls of history, numerous products were successful at one thing but created unanticipated impacts. Invented in 1885, Coca-Cola made people feel good. It was billed as a “brain tonic and intellectual beverage.” It initially contained cocaine. It was addictive. Cocaine amounts were reduced over the years and eventually eliminated by the late 1920s.Continue reading “Rethinking the Virtues of Being Hyper-Connected to the Digital Realm”

True Writing and the Gift of Photography

Some people seem to just let experiences come and go. Little conscious effort is made to keep a part of what just happened to them. Life is just about experiencing things and that’s it. What’s next? There’s nothing wrong with that. It is a way to travel “light” through the journey of life. These peopleContinue reading “True Writing and the Gift of Photography”

Readers Wanted

Many of my friends are changing. They are reading less and watching (or binging) series on Netflix, Amazon or similar services more. I don’t altogether like it. It is making my world a bit less interesting. First of all, I feel a bit of pressure to watch these series in order to maintain cultural touchstones.Continue reading “Readers Wanted”

A Celebration of Hemingway…and Marfa, and Paris, and the South of France, and New Orleans…and More

The Ken Burns series on Hemingway will begin airing on PBS on April 5, 2021. The promos to his series got me to thinking about what was going on in my mind as I was writing A Moveable Marfa. The series looks like it is going to be incredible and honest. I worked on AContinue reading “A Celebration of Hemingway…and Marfa, and Paris, and the South of France, and New Orleans…and More”

A Couple of Cool Books on the West

I wanted to do short reviews on a couple of books I recently enjoyed. I find inspiration in the American West. I love the beauty, the isolation and the mystery. Having lived in the West multiple times, I have feelings there I seldom have elsewhere. The West offers the absence of people and distractions, theContinue reading “A Couple of Cool Books on the West”

Why I write

I just finished the first draft of The Sommières Sun. It now goes on to editing and it is still on track for a spring release. I thought I’d take a short break from the book to blog about why I write. I write to entertain, educate and inspire. I also write to provoke thought.Continue reading “Why I write”

Tiki Anyone?

My upcoming novel, The Sommières Sun delves into the tiki culture of Paris and New Orleans. “The philosophy, if you will, is living moments of a peaceful life. Let the magic of the ocean and the breeze heal you and wash away your cares. Think white sand and the smell of an ocean breeze. It’sContinue reading “Tiki Anyone?”

Monique and the Gift of Resilience

Steve’s life in France seldom goes the way he expects. Surprises are not uncommon when traveling outside one’s nation. An acquaintance of his, Monique, offers up a few more surprises than most. Steve, sitting in front of Au Petit Suisse Café, realizes he’s likely been stood up by Monique. He has a decision to make.Continue reading “Monique and the Gift of Resilience”