The Many Returns of Journeying

written July 8, 2011   The majority of my Fourth was dedicated to getting ready for my new roommate: cleaning, making sure everything went smoothly, and helping with the actual move-in.  When it was all said and done we went out to celebrate with a few friends.  I think it’s going to be a great…

Home Away From Home

written April 19, 2012     I’ve been on a home hunt for about a week.  The Gallery on Washington,  a St. Louis apartment complex on the admittedly dodgy far-east side of the tony Central West End neighborhood, was my first track.  I found a picked-over efficiency apartment carcass for over $700 (large enough for…

Loosed Upon Caledonia

written February 27, 2006   Scotland has so far been little more than a tease to me, the slightest sliver of the country yet exposed, my time on the soil a mere few hours.  Today would be different, I knew it, and the rest did not matter.  Before the day was out I was to…

The Modern Jalapeno Popper

written February 11, 2006 Neil Young said in a recent issue of Rolling Stone that writing is all about being receptive. A song, he explained, can appear to him fully-formed, if only he is patient. In that way he receives songs more than writes them. If he is stuck for a lyric or stanza it…

Land Ho!

written February 18, 2006 The misty slopes of a rolling, green island slowly emerged this morning from its hiding place in the horizon. The exact name matters not, as I tell my story, other than to keep my fingers firmly attached. Punishment for “Leeking Information by Bottlyd Message” may not have been enforced since 1751,…