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It’s Time to Make the Easter Pies

It’s Time to Make the Easter Pies
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I imagine there are not many people out there whose former boyfriends or girlfriends send them food in the mail. At least the kind that’s not laced with poison. I’m one of the lucky ones. For many years, my ex-girlfriend,…

In Memoriam: Jeter (1999-2019)

In Memoriam: Jeter (1999-2019)
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It’s not hard to know where to begin with Jeter. I know the exact date. October 26, 1999. It was game three of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. That morning, a co-worker of…

The Art of Thanksgiving Traditions

The Art of Thanksgiving Traditions
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“The art of thanksgiving is thanksliving. It is gratitude in action. It is applying Albert Schwietzer’s philosophy: “In gratitude for your own good fortune, you must render in return some sacrifice of your life for other life.” – Wilferd A.…

Levon (a Poem)

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Poem found in an old notebook, c. 2012. Levon I called you when Levon died, but you never called back. I knew then that you’d never call back. You were the only one I thought would understand what he meant.

The Chair (A Prose Poem)

The Chair (A Prose Poem)
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The Chair We’re going. It’s 12 o’clock. “Wait here until we come to get you. Here on this chair.” The lone chair is in a long hallway in front of double doors that people walk in and out of; doctors…

Honey and a Ham Sandwich | Chapter 16

Honey and a Ham Sandwich | Chapter 16
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Remembering the comforts of a grandmother’s love If I’m ever in the unfortunate position of having to choose my last meal, I will choose a ham sandwich on lightly-toasted Pepperidge Farm bread and a cup of tea with milk and…

Thoughts on 10 Years of Bicycling (Or Am I Still a Cyclist?)

Thoughts on 10 Years of Bicycling (Or Am I Still a Cyclist?)
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It was 10 years ago this summer that I got my first road bike, a Bianchi Eros I bought at Gran Fondo in Nashville on the urging of my good friend, Daniel. I started like a like a lot of…

Thank You For Your Song | Chapter 16 | Companion Playlist and Links

Thank You For Your Song | Chapter 16 | Companion Playlist and Links
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I’m proud to have a new essay, titled “Thank You For Your Song,” published in Chapter 16, the venerable literary magazine of Humanities Tennessee edited by Margaret Renkl. The essay asks the question, “What do we owe the writers who get us…

The Only Poem on My Wall Was a Leonard Cohen Poem

The Only Poem on My Wall Was a Leonard Cohen Poem
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In a second floor apartment in a non-descript building on a street in the Heights section of Jersey City, on a wall likely hidden under coats of paint, is “The Only Poem” by Leonard Cohen. That is its title. “The…

Jim Ridley | In Remembrance and Gratitude

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I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for Jim Ridley, the editor and long-time film critic of the Nashville Scene, who died today at age 50. He gave me a boost when I needed it, that…

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