Grande Tolerance, Hold the Whip

Grande Tolerance, Hold the Whip

Starbucks. Despite controversy over how they treat employees, the company seems to have made big strides in many areas. No one who has ever worked as a barista for them or anyone else would say it’s an easy job. Hell, even hearing customer names and translating them...

Am I Going Crazy?

This poem was originally published October 2, 2014 for national poetry day. I thought it appropriate for this Throw Back Thursday, the Fifth of November. Remember, remember. Am I Going Crazy? Am I going insane and dazed? Am I too lost to face this? And what will it...
Good Shepherd Mulligan

Good Shepherd Mulligan

Look at the word count to the right of the page. See the Good Shepherd? There were a lot of words on that bar. They’re all gone. That’s right. I am starting over. Even though I have said before that going backwards is rarely a good idea. In this case I think it is. I...

Senseless: Into the Darkness

A perfect read for Halloween? Into the Darkness, a collection of stories. A poem from the collection, just a small sample. The whistle of the teapot precedes the smell of the tea: precedes the taste of Earl Grey, heady and rich, sans sugar or cream. You hear it first....

Balance Beam

Heel to toe, heel to toe, arms spread wide for balance I walk the tightrope, wobbly at first, then I am stable. Until the wind blows, not sideways but from below. It is so far down. So far. Right. Left. I teeter on the edge and start to fall. My right foot catches....

Writing Again

It’s been a rough and glorious year. Rough, because a divorce that was imminent and nearly inevitable came to pass. Several unanticipated things came with it, including drama with my children, my dog, and of course some of my friends and family. There was other drama...

Labor Day

Labor Day It’s the first Labor Day when I have been working a day job in quite a few years. Well, I did work at a museum. But it wasn’t quite the same. I king of set my own hours, and I was so passionate about what I did, I almost would have done it for free. I’ve...

Are E-Books Being Properly Preserved?

Hey all I’m taking a quick survey of librarians and library workers, so if you know someone in that field, please let them know. This is for an article I am writing for an online industry magazine. Thanks for your help! Loading…   Share...

Ties and Lies

Often, business dress includes a tie, the only modern form of fashionable self-strangulation. The same guy is in Bermuda shorts and sandals on the weekend, if he dresses at all to leave the house. If not, he may lie around in boxers streaming episodes of Orange is the...