Twitter and the Public Square

For years, Twitter was hailed as a cure-all for the ills of 21st-century life. It eliminates gatekeepers, they said. Now everyone has a platform! Writers can easily connect with their readers! Journalists can discover and report on stories as they break! Politicians will be more accessible than ever! Proponents lauded the platform as a modern-dayContinue reading “Twitter and the Public Square”

How I Finished the First Draft of My Novel

Way back in November, while insanely sleep-deprived while caring for a one-month-old, I made a fateful—and you might say crazy—decision: I decided to take a crack at writing a novel. This was far from my first attempt at writing a novel. My computer’s hard drive is littered with abandoned first drafts I had every intentionContinue reading “How I Finished the First Draft of My Novel”

New Short Story: Victorious

I’m pleased to share that I have a new short story published this month on Creative Colloquy’s website. It’s a piece of flash fiction written in response to artist Steve LaBerge’s installation “Touching Down in Tacoma,” which was a part of the Tacoma Light Trail, an exhibition of light art in downtown Tacoma. For aContinue reading “New Short Story: Victorious”

I Guess This Makes Me a Podcaster: On Creating The Adventures of Captain Radio

Let me start out by saying that I didn’t intend to create a podcast. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed podcasts, having been a fervent Radiolab listener for more than 10 years, and I regularly recommend shows like 99 Percent Invisible, Levar Burton Reads, The Moth, and Imaginary Worlds to anyone who will listen.Continue reading “I Guess This Makes Me a Podcaster: On Creating The Adventures of Captain Radio”

The Birthday Resolutions Get Better with Age Like a Fine Wine

What a year, am I right? After the dumpster fire that was 2020, 2021 offered new and unexpected challenges, along with a second helping of pandemic life just to keep things interesting. Personally, this past year was a time of incredible change, for which I’m grateful (ongoing global epidemic notwithstanding). This year, I became aContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Get Better with Age Like a Fine Wine”

The Clear Light of Morning, New Year’s Day

It’s 7:30 am on New Year’s Day. Morning dawns cold and clear and silver over the snow that still blankets the roads and rooftops in our neighborhood. I am in the nursery, trying to coax a three-month-old human to go back to sleep. My wife has been up half the night with an anxious dogContinue reading “The Clear Light of Morning, New Year’s Day”

The Day the World Changed: 20 Years After 9/11

I wasn’t there, but I will always be there. I was eleven years old when four commercial airplanes were hijacked on the morning of September 11, 2001. Turned into weapons of mass murder, two hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, one was steered into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, andContinue reading “The Day the World Changed: 20 Years After 9/11”

Reclaiming Empathy In the Age of Indifference

I don’t know about you, but these days, I’m numb. Numb to the rising tide of this unending pandemic. Numb to the suffering of people in Afghanistan. Numb to the wildfires ravaging communities across the West. Numb to the tearing of country’s social fabric and the partisan screaming all around. I don’t know if it’sContinue reading “Reclaiming Empathy In the Age of Indifference”

The Once and Future Climate Crisis

This week, temperatures in Tacoma were upward of 105 degrees—34 degrees above the average high for June—and stayed in the triple digits for three consecutive days. In a region where less than half the population lives in air conditioned homes, people suffered and as many as 100 people in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia haveContinue reading “The Once and Future Climate Crisis”

The Art of Traveling During a Pandemic

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year, you know I love to travel. When COVID-19 shut down all non-essential travel in 2020, we were forced to cancel our planned Hawaiian vacation and postpone any and all of our travel plans for the foreseeable future. We’ve done our best to be safeContinue reading “The Art of Traveling During a Pandemic”