How to Buy a Used Piano

How to Buy a Used Piano

A story for writers about the freelance writing life. In 1992 I published an article on how to buy a used piano. It was actually co-written with former piano tuner and friend Ed Beaver, appearing in the January issue of Parenting magazine. I learned a lot about the...
A Thousand Lost Golf Balls

A Thousand Lost Golf Balls

According to the book 501 Great Writers, T. S. Eliot was one of the great ones. Poet, essayist, critic, playwright and children’s book author, his influence on the cultural landscape was extensive. I remember studying his works in high school with profound...
The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

“Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole.” — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath I’ve been listening to a series of hour long programs called The Big Read, produced in association with the...
All Creative Work Involves Decisions

All Creative Work Involves Decisions

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. — William James There are a variety of ways to watch a film, look at a painting or listen to a piece of music. One of the ways I frequently watch a movie or listen to music is to think...
How Badly Do You Want To Be Free?

How Badly Do You Want To Be Free?

“San Quentin, you’re a livin’ hell to me.” — Johnny Cash I recently watched Walk the Line again, a movie about the life of Johnny Cash up thru his marriage to June Carter. Here is a man who knew well the gritty side of life. The hard times of his childhood scarred him...

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