The Narrative Arc of a Few Remarks

The other night, I was at a dinner to celebrate the recipients of a local college’s award of honorary doctorates. The formal festivities—robes donned, longer speeches—were the next day. This gathering was an intimate prelude among friends and colleagues. After dinner, a few of the honorees were scheduled to give brief remarks and I was […]

The Company You Keep

There’s a curator at a museum here who cuts a certain figure in this town. Smart and smartly dressed, sweet and hard-hitting, he’s built a reputation for cutting right through the rhetoric to get to the point. I was sad to learn that he was leaving for another job, a bigger one waiting for him […]

When You Get it Wrong

We all get it wrong once in a while. For a storyteller, this can present an opportunity. 1. What I thought: I thought they were nighthawks. All week long, I saw them building a sizable stick nest (and I don’t mean twig) atop the power pole at the intersection of Ferry and Lake roads.  Though […]

What a Writer can learn from Eliot Spitzer

1. I’ve been following Eliot Spitzer’s career since his New York State attorney general days, followed by his tenure as the 54th governor of New York, and then, straight through a noisy scandal, involving a woman, of course, which caused him to step down citing “private failings.” He dropped from the public eye for a […]

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