Month: July 2020

Whine and Dine

I just dropped my parents off at the airport after a weeklong visit. It’s always a bittersweet feeling; on the one hand, it’s nice to have our routine back (and I’ve missed driving my car). But the house feels so… Read More ›

72 Seasons

I was surprised to learn recently that, while most of the world divides the calendar into 12 months that consist of four seasons, the Japanese take things a step many steps farther. Their calendar splits the year into 24 major… Read More ›

Tell, Don’t Show

As a fiction writer, one of the most valuable pieces of advice I ever received came from a literary agent who had read one of my manuscripts. “Show, don’t tell,” she said. This basic yet crucial writing technique can be… Read More ›

Ventriloquist Cricket

Have you ever seen the Breaking Bad episode titled “Fly”? If so, you have a pretty good idea how my day went at work on Monday. To summarize briefly, “Fly” involves Walt White’s failed attempt to catch a fly that… Read More ›