Hello. This is a collection of my writing starting from the summer of 2011 when I decided to begin a blog and see what happened. At first, I wasn’t sure what form my blog would take, if anyone would read it, if I’d be able to host lively discussions, or what else would come up. I had vague thoughts of writing about physics, teaching, science literacy, and education systems in the US and the UK. Those thoughts remain vague. What arose instead were stories, essays, and poems that I didn’t expect. They vary in length from 30 to 3000 words, in locale from New Mexico, to Seattle, to NYC, to Cambridge, England and many places in between. Some take place in the unmappable, yet distinct landscape of childhood.
If you’ve found yourself under my tree and fancy a rest in the shade before moving on, take a look around. Page through, maybe you’ll find a picture of yourself or a loved one. There could be a memory you dropped in the street, years ago, that I picked up, dusted off, and put in a treasure box. You might hear scraps of an old conversation that entered my eavesdropping ears and came out through my tell-tale pen. Perhaps you’ll find yourself humming a song you once knew all the words to. Or maybe none of the stories will evoke ghosts, and you can take refuge in the unfamiliar, as we all need to, from time to time.
I’ve listed the posts below in approximate chronological order, but each is self-contained (except for the basketball ones, which I’ve grouped together). Beyond being siblings, they aren’t necessarily related.
- About One Tree Bohemia – Where is One Tree Bohemia?
- My Muse – Why I write.
- One Foot After the Other – Running is like writing: each footstep another word.
- Sunrise – A memory that I hold in my pocket like a polished stone.
- Conscientious Objector – Why I am tone-deaf to the mommy wars.
- Train of Thought – A copy-change poem from David St. John’s ‘Until the Sea is Dead.’
- Memory Slip – A memory that resides in Debussy’s piano music and creaky wooden floors.
- New Mexico Forest Fires – A story that burns with my ever present memories of mountains.
- The Peasant Wedding – P. Bruegel the Elder, 1568 – Just about 1000 words for a favourite painting.
- Lullaby – Another copy change poem, inspired by David St. John’s poem ‘Hush.’
- The Thomas Trials – About my daughter. I want to be just like her when I grow up.
- Overheard – I really did overhear this conversation. I’m not sure what to make of it.
- Spade and Bucket Territory – What’s a British summer without a seaside holiday?
- Shishi Odoshi – About Japanese fountains, wells, wild pigs, and writing.
- Diving Board – A summer poem. Somehow, I frequent the edge of diving boards, regardless of the season.
- At Sixes and Sevens – About my son, his friend, and their combined 13 years of wisdom.
- Sleight of Hand – An end of summer poem.
- Verdi Requiem, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge – If you look at this, listen to the clips. The words serve at the pleasure of the music.
- The Night Ball Players v.1, The Night Ball Players v.2, The Night Ball Players, v.3 – Getting a little bit revisionist in my histories. These posts might make you hungry for Texas Pecan Fudge Pie.
- Space Between the Branches – Now that the leaves are down, it’s clear enough to write again.
- Shift – Audience, community, and changing perspective.
- Stable and Unstable Equilibrium – It has graphs. I can’t help it!
- Sensei Lee – Superheroes, mine and my son’s.
- A few notable things about 2011 – Some highlights from an important year.