Opening Day Delight

Obviously, for my daily essay on a delight, yesterday I wrote about Opening Day: Opening Day! What a delight! The sun was shining. We opened the windows. We ate peanuts and drank beer. Why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? So much better than … [Read more...]

Ross Gay’s Book of Delights

I’ve been reading Ross Gay’s new essay collection, A Book of Delights and I can’t recommend it enough. Gay decided to start writing a small essay about some delight every day for a year, starting on his birthday. This collection is the result. Gay … [Read more...]

Go away so I can think, already

Depending on how you count it, it’s week two of my sabbatical and I’m currently sitting in my writing chair, trying to fend off the cat who feels she is much more worthy of my lap than this computer. Some days, I think she’s probably right. During … [Read more...]

National Poetry Month: Day 10

A good and simple Monday morning poem from Thich Nhat Hanh.     Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. … [Read more...]

We are the sleeping giant

It’s Day Eleven of the new world. We’re still here. It still snows and we are all delighted. There’s still music and food and the river and Joe Biden memes and friends. We are scared and our fears are more than justified. There have been at least 71 … [Read more...]

The unimaginable

It’s day three in our new American nightmare. The thing we could not possibly imagine has happened. Again this morning I woke up and let the reality settle in. Yes, we did this. We elected him. This is happening. This is real. This is not a hot … [Read more...]

Why I no longer want Audrey Hepburn’s body

Last weekend, our re-booted local movie palace, The Ohio Theater, showed the first movie in their new incarnation as a non-profit. The movie was Charade, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A great flick and a great crowd. I’ve always loved Cary … [Read more...]

Bringing the beach home with you

I spent the last five or six days on the beach in Florida on an extended fall break. In the process, I may have figured out the key to happiness. This is probably not surprising. The key to happiness does not involve social media or faculty … [Read more...]

Five years

I got married five years ago today. I was thirty-six. I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m still not sure I know what I’m doing now. I never really wanted to be married. It wasn’t something I dreamt or fantasized about. I only played house when the … [Read more...]

The end of the summer, 2015

It's been a long, strange summer and on Monday, it'll officially be over for me as classes start back up. I spent the first part of the summer at loose ends and in a bit of a funk. It felt like it was only in July that I was really able to settle … [Read more...]