Ernest Hemingway once said "in order to write about life first you must live it.”  That phrase sums up my approach to writing, and perfectly captures the purpose of this blog. The writing here is drawn from life, inspired by experiences, and mingled with creativity.

Recent Articles

We Deserve Better Than Irresponsible Reporting
As a newspaper journalist who cares deeply about good, necessary, and morally grounded journalism, I

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Conway tornado
The end of stewardship, and eventually earth too
As wildfires rip through California; Mexico City picks through the rubble of more than 40

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Snow Berkshires
Untouched Snow Road
Snowflakes swirling through a black sky make me dizzy. My head is tilted back, mesmerized,

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Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner’s Smutty Legacy
Hugh Hefner died the other day. Many news articles laud him as a civil activist

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Triangle Fire engine
Gun Laws: What We’re Doing is Not Working
On March 25, 1911, 123 women and 23 men, young Italian and Jewish immigrants mostly,

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What Bothered Me
Santiago, Mexico’s dusty streets are hot and sweaty. On the edge, shrubs and trees scorched

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The Day The Earth Stood Still
Dead Flies
A dozen fruit flies drowned in my Almond Milk backwash last night. Three could be

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Beautiful Things
Beautiful Things
I like when the knife is covered in sticky fluff, and the peanut butter jar

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Franconia Ridge
New Hampshire: The Franconia Ridge Loop
Hiking in the White Mountains Long hikes usually follow three progressions: one, “this isn’t that

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Framing Northampton
Five Essential Framing Tips Every Photographer Should Know
Framing: How to do it Framing an image is, at first glance, easy. But there’s

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Solar eclipse 2017
A solar eclipse viewing party as seen at Erving Public Library Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

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UMass Protest
Ambiguity is guile. Stand against racism.
We’ve lost our moral compass Racism has no grey area. There is no middle ground.

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Fenway Park
More than a visit to Fenway Park
Warm red sunlight washed through a gap in concrete that widened as I mounted Fenway

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Objects
Improve your writing. Let objects hold emotion.
Meaning to objects Recently, I heard Boston Poet Charles Coe share a riveting story about

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Creating Your Own Happiness
Tenerife: Hiking in Anaga Rural Park
Sweet with wildflower The air is sweet with a hint of salt midst wildflowers in

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Tenerife
Tenerife: Discovering adventure
The drive from Tenerife-North Airport to Maliá Hacienda del Conde, my hotel destination in the

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Furrows
Drought in the Furrows
Furrows of plowed field stretch out before me. Warm air falls down into a cool

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Dingle, Ireland
Poetry: On the Road to Glory
On we must trek, into the unknown. Past those who would hold us back; over

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Dingle Ireland
Dingle: Greener than St. Patrick’s Day
In Dingle for Bay Path University’s writer’s workshop I didn’t know what to expect when

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Irish Famine Cemetery
Ireland: Forgotten Desolation
Heavy is the ground that carries lost souls. Heavier still the voice of a man

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Cooking Onions
Onions
The house on Pine Brook Curve Knife snaps against cutting board. Birds chirp on the

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Dingle
Dingle: Steeped in history
Atop a short cliff overlooking the slant-roof village of Dingle, a stiff wind rolls off

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A weekend on Cape Ann

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Silence
God is found in silence
The digital era, where there’s no silence Increasingly, as my life becomes more connected to

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The three philosophies of good writing
Thinking: The first of three philosophies There are three fundamental philosophies held, either knowingly or

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mental health
Mental Health and the Military
A machismo environment This is a little late, I saw Sunday June 11 and mistakenly

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church
Unabashed Love: The Modern Church is Failing
It’s a broken world. We live in a broken, wretched and evil world. Just today, days

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Spiritual Writing
Memoir Writing as Spiritual Writing
Thoughts From a Writer Memoir writing is inherently spiritual writing; the two can be interchangeable.

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Voice
Connecting With the ‘Inner Voice’
A wise English professor told me once “writing is thinking.” And so I’ve learned myself:

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10 Writing Tips From a Journalist
Trial by Fire My first day as a journalist at The Recorder, a regional newspaper

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