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  • essays the life we live

    Do. The. Work.

    May 4, 2020

    Good sleep is a questionable endeavor these days. It is understandable, given the pandemic, with the lockdowns and quarantines, and its associated fears and anxieties. Drinking is up, exercise is down, and anger and frustration are…

  • essays grief and death

    Five

    July 12, 2018

    It was as beautiful a summer morning as Portland can bring: sunny and warm, with a slight breeze and that low humidity that makes the days (and nights) so comfortable. With the sunshine filling our room,…

  • essays grief and death

    Choosing time (for Tom and Dori)

    March 27, 2017

    My friend Tom passed away recently. He was a professional friend more than a personal one, but he was a friend nonetheless. We knew each other for more than 25 years, and he was an important…

  • essays grief and death

    What means grief?

    March 10, 2016

    Grief never really goes away. It lessens over time, receding into the shadows of your consciousness, but it will always be present. You can never let it go completely. You might think that it can be…

  • essays the life we live

    departures and explorations

    January 29, 2016

    January 2016 marks a big change for me: I am jobless for the first time in more than a decade, but I am not looking for work. Instead, I am preparing for a voyage of uncertain exploration, and I’m…

  • essays grief and death

    a leaving

    May 14, 2014

    Ten months ago, almost to the day, my wife passed away peacefully at home. This morning, I walked out of that home for the last time. This was the place that Lee and I always dreamed…

  • essays grief and death

    love and fearlessness

    January 13, 2014

    Amidst the tumult of my new life, I have encountered a number of heartfelt moments that have brought me inordinate pleasure and great hope for the future. I have professed surprise at the constancy with which…

  • essays grief and death

    grace and kindness

    October 12, 2013

    For the past few weeks, I have been unbelievably happy. I went through a particularly bad stretch of sadness and grief in late August, which lingered into early September. But on a pretty autumn day mid-month,…

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