Category Archives: personal

my new old friends

A few weeks ago, I went to my “30-ish” year high school reunion. We were supposed to meet the year before, but couldn’t get it done. It happens. I’m not really sure why I went. For me, the best part … Continue reading

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when the world was young: “looking out for number one”

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days All of the books and movies that I’ve discussed so far in this series have been works of fiction that have influenced my writing.  Looking Out for Number One, … Continue reading

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talking about writing at mms

This past Friday, May 1, I was fortunate enough to discuss writing with 200 students (6th-, 7th-, and 8th grade) of Matapeake Middle School, in my town of Stevensville, MD.  I’m very glad that both my daughters went to MMS, … Continue reading

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discovering “our wild place”

When I was a boy in Phoenix, AZ in the mid-1970’s, there was a vacant lot on West Denton Lane, behind the townhome complex where I lived.  It was a fairly large space—at least an acre.  Half of it was … Continue reading

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suddenly, i was back in high school

One of the recurring anxiety dreams I’m prone to having is the one where someone in the public education system realized that I had somehow missed achieving some crucial requirement to pass high school, and I have to go back … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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we got six. that’s all there is.

My children have never known a home without pets.  There have always been at least two in the house. When my older daughter Beth was born, we had our cats Loki and Freya (who were littermates), as well as our dogs … Continue reading

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the “lost dogs” you don’t know

My young-adult sci-fi novel Lost Dogs has been out for almost two months now, has been selling relatively well, and has received great reviews. Ostensibly, it’s about two dogs who live through the end of the human world, but there’s … Continue reading

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our wild place

I wrote Our Wild Place in 2006 as a proposed picture book, back when I was contemplating doing children’s literature instead of young adult fiction.  Perhaps some time in the future, I’ll get together with my artist friend James Arnold … Continue reading

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lessons learned along the way (final)

This series talks about things I wish I had figured out a lot sooner than I did.  The first of the “lessons learned” concerned the care and feeding of you; the second consisted of suggestions on how to deal with other people; the … Continue reading

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