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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…

Honey and a Ham Sandwich

Honey and a Ham Sandwich
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The Time Children Spend With Grandparents Can Be Invaluable, Even When They’re Not Blood-Related  If I’m ever in the unfortunate situation of having to choose my last meal, I will choose a ham sandwich on lightly-toasted Pepperidge Farm bread and…

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…

Who Do You Never See? A Christmas Story

Who Do You Never See? A Christmas Story
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[Listen to a reading of this story by Joe and Keri Pagetta above, or on SOUNDCLOUD] [If you enjoyed this story, and I hope you do, please consider donating what you can to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response…

Meeting Merton Beside the Mall

Meeting Merton Beside the Mall
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(Note: 9.29.15 – There’s a renewed interest in Thomas Merton following Pope Francis’ speech before congress last week. He was even trending on Facebook. My own relationship with Merton began several years ago during a silent retreat in Nashville. I…

In Memoriam: Bobbie Girl (2000-2015)

In Memoriam: Bobbie Girl (2000-2015)
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Bobbie Girl wasn’t originally supposed to be mine. She belonged to an ex-girlfriend who had left her at my apartment while she was sorting things out at her new place. When she came back months later to claim her, it…

The Night My T-Shirt Let Me Down

The Night My T-Shirt Let Me Down
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(First read at Howlin’ After Dark at Howlin’ Books in Nashville, September 5, 2014) On the day in seventh grade that I learned I’d been accepted into the national junior honor society. I walked home at lunch, went up to…

Kenny Gorka, the Prince of Bleecker Street: A Remembrance

Kenny Gorka, the Prince of Bleecker Street: A Remembrance
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It was — at the time — the most important gig of my life. Early-to-mid 90s. The Bitter End on Bleecker Street in New York City. The place where the legends played. I earned it in a roundabout way.  A…