A season for the unexpected

Thursday, October 20 – It’s a glorious afternoon on the patio at Starbucks. Temperature close to 80, nice breeze, flawless sky. A few minutes ago, an old gaffer hobbled up, winded and feeble, and muttered something. I nodded, and he sat heavily in the other chair at my table. We’ve never met, but I’ve heardRead more

Deadline for a dream

THURSDAY, OCT. 13 — A mockingbird in a tree near the front door welcomed a gorgeous morning with an ecstatic song while a small plane overhead hummed backup. For days, my thoughts have been obsessed with a failed relationship, but the fever appeared to have past, and I stepped into the cool morning with otherRead more

Just another pretty face?

Dear georgiapeach, I saw your picture on Match.com and had to write. (By the way, I’ve changed your online name to preserve your privacy.) I’ve been single since January, and haven’t been dating. But friends think I need to get out and insisted I look online, so finally I did. And there in the midstRead more

Act your age

K got hit by a car 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until last week that he needed a chiropractor. He’ll be seeing him for the next few months. D got the results of his MRI this week: he’ll probably need surgery. W visited his sister-in-law in North Carolina, who’s dying of a rare diseaseRead more

Too much control

I spent the last full week of summer with my daughters and their families on Fripp Island, 20 miles from the antebellum charms of Beaufort. We were just in time for the emergence of the deer flies, an annual scourge which explains why the island was virtually deserted. But even there Life went on, everRead more

A busload of faith

You need a busload of faith to get by…                                    "Busload of Faith" by Lou Reed Last blog I talked about being calm even as my money drew down to the point where I had promised myself that I would shelve my principles and look for a job. That calm was the result of faith.Read more

Living with uncertainty

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I’d discovered there’s not a clean line from being an employee muddling along in a corporate environment to being a successful independent contractor on fire with passion, purpose and authenticity.   In fact, I have found the going rather slow and heavy, and none of the things I’veRead more

You make the call

I was planning a follow-up to my beach trip, to write about seeing fins in the water 30 yards away, about Andie McDowell jogging on the beach and the cop who shot a desk at the Georgetown, S.C. police department. Instead, I’m responding to an email I got the other day from Mike Greenberg. ItRead more

Beach lullabye

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Driving north from Charleston, listening to Clapton singing a Robert Johnson song about a woman in Vicksburg, it crossed my mind that it might be fun to stop at the Kicking Horse Saloon and have a beer. Not so much because I wanted a beer as to share the mood with someone.Read more

Getting fired: the next right thing

We were standing in a gloomy hallway in midtown, a dozen or so actors waiting to audition for a network promo. J was leaning against the wall, knitting with bluish gray yarn that went nicely with her gray hair. “You remind me of Madame LaFarge in ‘Tale of Two Cities,’” I said to her. “SittingRead more

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