To everyone who told me to write a book – I’ve done it.

But it’s not about independent bookstores, interesting people or any of the other topics I’ve talked about in this space over the years. It’s a self-help book that encourages us all to practice non-action. [At this point you’ll …

Hopping into my déjà vu time machine

Castlebar. In an otherwise familiar store I discovered a group of students who made Castle Bookstore memorable.  They were talking, not texting. They weren’t asking adults to do something for them. They were doing it for themselves – …

Janus was the Romans’ two-faced god – but wasn’t a politician’s patron.

He was the god of new beginnings and perspective on the old, not selfishness and age-old greed. And my perspective on the past? It’s that we’re condemned to continue it, at least for the immediate future.  So…today I’ll …

A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a park –

along with an imam, some nuns of various stripes and a few people dressed in Eastern robes. One of these days I should probably learn how to identify a Hindu and Buddhist cleric on sight, as opposed to …

I wanted to spend money, but there was nothing worth buying

It took me nearly two hours to go to another city. Add another two-plus hours exploring displays and listening to lectures. Then came the moment, one I’d anticipated with some joy. I wanted to buy another book. Not …

My Shakespearean Problem

I’ve got a problem. [Duh, don’t we all? And just one? Cue the violins.] Anyway, to use today’s jargon, it’s not really a problem. It’s a challenge, an opportunity, a chance to learn. And compared to all that’s …

I was caught in the spin cycle of a bot machine

I’m old enough to remember watching dirt being invented. But that doesn’t mean that every now and then I don’t get surprised – like when I got caught in the spin cycle of the political bot machine. Over …

What’s the point?

I think it’s exploration. Explore whoever and wherever you are –your body, your mind, your soul, your spirit, your place. Learn how you tick. Learn what makes you tick. Know it better than anyone or anything else. Explorers …

The Hitchcock scene in my shower

I was standing in the shower the other morning and something caught my eye. I looked up through the skylight to see a bird looking back at me. I nodded to it and went back to soaking my …

Peter Pan’s evil twin won’t grow up, either

Woke up the other morning and glanced at my phone. Saw that the usual emails included four comments on some of my old blogposts. Felt good, but not surprising, since it’s what usually happens when I get a …