How It Ought to Be

I have been meaning to post about this for a while now, but during these variously difficult times, one gets caught up in it all and lets certain important events be eclipsed by the news reels, the work load, the anxiety, the stress. Let’s promise each other not to let that happen, but instead take…

Saturday Songs with Alanis

It’s been eight years since Alanis Morrissette’s last album, but on July 31st, Such Pretty Little Forks in the Road was released, and for my household (me, Milton and BPK), I can say it’s been a deep joy and pleasure to immerse ourselves in a new set of songs by one of our all time…

In Memory of a Good Man

I have written countless posts and shared many videos over the years from my home back in central Pennsylvania. I am deeply saddened to say that we lost one of the quiet giants of that world, a tender, strong, and supporting lover of music, poetry, and art. From hosting the first Sunday services of Music…

On the Marriage of Joel and Tony

Two years ago today, I had the incredible honor of officiating the wedding of two of the most wonderful people. There is so much I want to say, but for once, words fail me. Luckily, there is the poem. I found this piece by Greg Delanty in the anthology Bright Wings, and it just seemed…

Monday Music with Nanci Griffith

It’s Monday and I’m heading in to the library alone. No staff, and sadly, no patrons. As per Pennsylvania’s State Library and the Department of Education, and the directive of the governor, all Pennsylvania public libraries have closed for a period of at least 14 days to “flatten the curve,” as they say in an…

30 Years After the Pale Blue Dot

Several times in the last few years I’ve been surprised at how both new and old friends, even my partner Brian, seem uninspired by scientists and their perceived lack of imagination. I’m the poet in the family, so you’d think that I’d be the one with the wild imagination, and I am! At least I…