First Class Fairy Tales

A few weeks back I told my younger daughter a bedtime story that featured a noble hero on a quixotic quest, a tunnel-guarding troll who jealously withheld a pack of golden tickets, and a maiden fair who watched from afar. Now the truth is that we (or at least she!) are a little old forContinue reading “First Class Fairy Tales”


Last Sunday I delivered the sermon at my church. I’ve done some part-time preaching over the past couple years, and both the congregation and I have really enjoyed the experience. This time I talked about my pilgrimage to the Six Corners and the Bible verses that had inspired me both during and in between myContinue reading “Beauty”

Welcome to the Hellmouth

There are certain things in life not open to debate: among them, that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. For those of you who don’t yet know this, watch and you will see that Buffy’s otherwise idyllic town of Sunnydale happens to sit atop a Hellmouth proneContinue reading “Welcome to the Hellmouth”

The Tide of Our Lives

In my favorite opening line in all of literature, Zora Neale Hurston wrote, “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” In my case, though, it’s the ocean itself that holds the greatest pull. Whether I’m sailing, swimming, or just staring, the ocean is a source of endless fascination and renewal. It’s alsoContinue reading “The Tide of Our Lives”

So Good! So Good! So Good! A Fenway Interlude

When I was 8, my parents took me, my sister, and some friends to a baseball game for my birthday. I did most of my growing up in Washington, D.C., which at that time lacked a baseball team, so we went to see the Baltimore Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at the old Memorial Stadium.Continue reading “So Good! So Good! So Good! A Fenway Interlude”

What Happens to a Trip Deferred? (Part 1)

I had big plans for the spring of 2020. After nine years of screenwriting, this was going to be the time I finally bit the bicoastal bullet and tried to get steady work in Hollywood. I had talked to a fellow Massachusetts native about renting a room in her Santa Monica apartment for a numberContinue reading “What Happens to a Trip Deferred? (Part 1)”

Two to Go

I had a fantabulous Father’s Day. It began with extraordinary presents from my family, each reflecting their unique talents. My younger daughter did an astonishing sketch for, and then portrait of, me, both now hanging in my office; my older daughter wrote an amazing short story about an LA family that deftly combined certain ofContinue reading “Two to Go”

Sunrise, Sunset

I have always savored sunsets. (My daughters are nicknamed the Sunset Sisters, after all.) First, they’re awesome — as far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many sunsets. Second, I have always savored sleep, and as far as I’m concerned, no sane person wakes at dawn. Of course, the past 15 months haveContinue reading “Sunrise, Sunset”

Olde and New: A Gosnold Gathering

You don’t have to travel as far as Kauai to find some captivating corners; several are closer to home yet can seem further away. Exhibit A: I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to LA, but until yesterday, I had never visited the Massachusetts island of Cuttyhunk. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard getContinue reading “Olde and New: A Gosnold Gathering”