Madison Monday: the cool people

Does this happen everywhere or is it just a small town thing? You see someone around over and over again and you think to yourself, they seem kind of cool. Why don’t I know them? Like, really, why don’t I know them? There are only about 15,000 people … [Read more...]

My Totally Random and Non-Definitive Best of 2017 List

Best Resolution from 2016  I Followed Through On In December of 2016, as the world was just beginning its descent into the chaos and horror that would be 2017, I decided now was the time to start meditating every day. For real. None of this, okay, … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Main Street Loft Tour

This was the second year for the amazing Madison Main Street Loft Tour. We didn't get to go last year because we had obligations at Hanover's homecoming. This year we skipped homecoming in favor of checking out some of the amazing spaces that hover … [Read more...]

Monday Musings

I’ve been walking around more lately, even in the heat. Partly I’m walking to keep myself healthy. Partly I’m walking to get my sense of smell back. I read that exercise is supposed to help. I couldn’t smell anything for about three weeks this summer … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: what we don’t know

When you fly into Key West, you spend a lot of time over the ocean before anything like land appears. There is water and water, and then tiny dots of green stuck in the middle. The first time I flew to Key West what struck me was how alone the island … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Labor Day Ramblings

Cool Weather This weekend the weather turned cool for a few days and suddenly I wanted to do all the things. I got out of bed so excited on Friday. So excited about a whole day of drizzly rain. Rain and rain and rain (and not the sort like in … [Read more...]

Preserving Places: The Coffee Shop and the Corner Store

This is roughly the speech I gave on Friday at Preserving Places: Indiana's Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in lovely Wabash, Indiana. Great conference and a great town. I was so impressed with all the amazing things happening around our … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: sleeping with the windows open

It really shouldn’t be warm enough in March to sleep with the windows open, but it is. Over the winter, you get used to hearing nothing more than the soft whooshing noise the heating system makes when it kicks on. In the winter, we live sealed off … [Read more...]

A walk along the river in July, or things that are real

This July, I can't get up early enough to beat the heat for my morning walk. Well, I guess I could, but this morning, I didn't. I got down to the river around 8:30 and the fog hadn't quite burnt off. It was one of those mornings when the water is so … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: A perfect place to be a writer

Last Friday night I had my reading and book launch for The Face of Baseball, my chapbook of linked short stories from WhiskeyPaper Press. As promised, there was beer and peanuts and, extra bonus, Crackerjacks! It was a small, rotating crowd of … [Read more...]