One quote that stood out to me from David Gessner’s The Tarball Chronicles is located on page 215. It is a simple but thought-provoking statement: “Do with a little less and two things will happen—the world will be better and you will be happier.” I thought about this as I turned my cell phone off, […]

secret hills of st. pete full of ferns so alive and a long creek that teases me- too shallow for a dive. speedy minnows, tiny fish if they jump- make a wish! little flowers dot the pathways without me here, they would thrive. there were manatees the other day last month, otters with my dad. […]

peeling myself up off of the kitchen floor was embarrassing moment #948520948 today. ok, that is an exaggeration.  today hasn’t been totally mortifying, but i have officially experienced my first “creative writing critique” from a professor, and i have been blushing and twitching and second-third-and fiftieth-guessing my essay for hours now. i think that one of […]

canoeing was cancelled in Nature Writing class due to high winds. after defining  ecocriticism and discussing various theories regarding the connections and relationships between humans and the natural world, we got out early to work on an alternative assignment. came to the student center and am eating spring rolls and french fries. there are no […]

i am sitting at a small booth in the corner of the campus coffee shop, eating the most delicious homemade black bean burger i have ever had in my life!  i can’t believe i’m really here. here at this university, here on this campus, here in this café. i am here and i am a […]

i haven’t been able to write, really write, since i showed my wife an essay i was working on for my someday-book.  i don’t know why i am so embarrassed and insecure about my writing–i think it is just because i am embarrassed/shy/insecure about most things, and about myself in general. i know that i have to […]