After two and a half years of writing and rewriting, editing and re-editing, I am thrilled to have my two books out in the world! With a Good Heart: A Walk From LA to Brooklyn and Imagine the Sea: One Hundred Poems From a Long Walk (a companion book of poetry) are available for purchase! Please consider buying them through the publisher’s website. Though you can find my … Continue reading BUY BOOKS HERE!
DAY 21 Today I headed south. Left downtown and climbed up up up along High Drive, Latah Creek to my right. I imagined this land before modern development. Steep bluffs and exposed basalt left behind by prehistoric cataclysmic floods. Bald eagles on bare branches, antlered elk scrubbing through shrubs, marmots anxiously absorbing midday sun. I made a note to learn what this area was named … Continue reading Every Street Spokane: Days 21-25
DAY 16 Every Wednesday of 2021 I’ve exchanged poems with a dear friend. We started this project with no definitive rules, but I’ve since applied some to my side of the trade-off: First, I don’t write the poem until Wednesday morning. I want it to be a snapshot of the moment I sit down to write it. Second, I don’t qualify the poem’s content. Which … Continue reading Every Street Spokane: Days 16-20
DAY 11 These walks are beginning to resemble my ultra training. Back in those days I’d do long runs back-to-back without giving my body the time to fully recover. I’d run twenty-five or so on a Saturday, then a similar distance on Sunday. This would trick my body into thinking I did the two-day total all at once. Some people run 26.2 as a training … Continue reading Every Street Spokane: Days 11-15
DAY 5 I like making stickers then sticking them all over town. Any flat surface will do, though I tend to be a back-of-sign and not-on-private-property guy. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, too. I used to wait until the sun went down and my heart would race as I rushed to peel the back, stick it on, and erratically flatten out the air bubbles. … Continue reading Every Street Spokane: Days 6-10
DAY 1 On March 4, 2021, I began walking all the streets in Spokane. Left from my apartment on West First Avenue and walked, my back to the sun, toward Brown’s Addition, the oldest neighborhood in town. I was excited to get this project underway. Brown’s Addition’s spacious and ornate architecture tells the story of its original residents. This is obviously where the money lived. … Continue reading Every Street Spokane: Days 1-5
“The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.” — Carrot Quinn When I read this line, I write it down on an index card and tape it to the wall facing my desk. Every morning I wake up before the sun, do some yoga, then belly up to my laptop and write until it’s time to go to work. Between thoughts, … Continue reading How I Do Everything
This year I read 34 books. I was hoping for more (like, closer to 50), but over the summer I traded my reading time for an abundance of quarantine running and biking and got in the best shape of my 40s. I also wrote a couple books this year. So maybe 34 books in the bag ain’t too shabby after all. Overall, there were some … Continue reading Books Read in 2020
Hello there. Right now I am in the midst of a 2 week vacation. And though it feels like I’ve barely started, I’m already 5 days into it. I’m doing my best to prolong the time off—waking up earlier than usual and trying to fill every hour with projects and chores needing attention. So far I’ve made zero progress on the main items on my … Continue reading What’s Important? You.