A Melancholy Goodbye Followed by an Enthusiastic “Hey There, World!”

Although my first novel began “I never intended this, of course,” when I came to Pittsburg in mid-August, I intended to stay for a year or so. I intended to finish another novel. I intended to write a memoir. I intended to learn some things about myself. I had a lot of intentions. After eight … Continue reading A Melancholy Goodbye Followed by an Enthusiastic “Hey There, World!”

“In Hopes that He May Peak Again!” (and find Beth Austin)

Yesterday, a lifelong dream came true. Really. Lifelong may be a stretch, but it’s not a break with reality. Let me explain. I’ve mentioned my childhood best friend, John Warnke, in this space before. We’ve reconnected over the past couple months, which has been nice for both of us. John’s father, an Army officer paralyzed … Continue reading “In Hopes that He May Peak Again!” (and find Beth Austin)

The Journey to Sit Still (with Big News)(or, honestly, a tease of it)

I came north last August, planning for the beauty of thefall, the frigid isolation of winter, the softness of spring and the joys of summer. Some of those things have happened. The rest won’t, at least not for me, but I’ll get to that by and by. First, though, the last nine months in review. … Continue reading The Journey to Sit Still (with Big News)(or, honestly, a tease of it)

Opening Up the Kimono (in the name of science)

I’m always shocked by which columns draw readers. For instance, I wrote one on my mystical clown leadership style last weekend. Based on all the conversations I’d had the previous 10 days about nonprofit leadership, I assumed the response would be overwhelming. I was wrong. It was not even underwhelming. In fact, it barely whelmed at all. … Continue reading Opening Up the Kimono (in the name of science)