Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running
A friend of mine who’d recently discovered my blog sent me an e-mail yesterday because he, too, is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. He asked my advice. I told him all I had done: rolling a frozen water bottle along the sole of my foot; stretching my hamstring; forming the letters of the alphabet with my ...

Line edits

Line edits
This is what my week has consisted of, writing-wise. No computer. Just printouts and a red pen. After a week of carefully reading every word I spent only about an hour at the keyboard last night putting most of the changes into my Scrivener file. At that point I wasn’t thinking about editing; I was ...

Quiet

The laundromat is unusually quiet this morning. Usually the fans whir, four hanging from the walls and two industrial ones over the doors. They cause such a din it’s hard to hear the voices in your head. Add to that the television that hangs over the back of the room pouring useless entertainment masked as ...

Music is the freight train

I was taken with Passing Strange when I saw it at the Belasco last year. The more I listened to the music, the more I admired the show and the magnificent Stew who wrote and starred in it. I told friends about the wonderfully inventive show about finding yourself, about finding a creative identity, about ...

Tough as nails 1

Tomorrow I’ll post a review of Passing Strange: The Movie. For today, a little more cricket. Check out Ricky Ponting, the Australian team captain, getting popped in the face by a cricket ball struck by England’s Matt Prior at the 5th Ashes Test, Day 3, on Saturday, 22 August 2009. I love the color commentary. ...

The Ashes of English Cricket

The Ashes of English Cricket
In 1882, this was the notice that appeared in The Sporting Times when Australia beat England in a 5 game Test series. Yesterday, England recovered the ashes of Cricket at the same place English Cricket died 127 years ago: the Oval.

A tree falls

A tree falls
About ten o’clock last night, a storm rolled through upper Manhattan. Lighting illuminated my darkened living room while thunder clapped the sky. I was in my office, where the only window is concealed by an opaque curtain because it looks out onto a brick wall. The cats scrambled through the apartment, running up and down ...

Passing Strange

Go see this movie.

Submissions

The deed is done. I’ve e-mailed six stories out, and another four have gone via snail mail. Sure does take a lot of work to write the letters, address the envelopes, make sure the envelopes match the letters. And I didn’t realize how much more stressful e-mail submissions would be. I realized after I’d sent ...

NYC Half Marathon

NYC Half Marathon
What a race! I was understandably nervous and excited for my task this morning, riding alongside the lead male in a race full of some of the top marathoners in the world. Having been given my assignment on Friday, I decided last night I should know the names of the men running in this race. ...