Alaska autumn, or what I learned from a writing binge

Autumn comes in fast up here in Alaska. One day it’s summer. The next the air cools and the wind becomes crisp and when you look up, you notice, with wonder and dread, that the leaves are already turning. I love autumn for all of its beauty and complexity, yes, but also for the darkness, which creeps in slyly, wrapping around the sky… Read More Alaska autumn, or what I learned from a writing binge

A rejection, and an epiphany on Mount Marathon

The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico doesn’t want to offer me a three-month residency in 2014. Rejection always, always hurts. No matter how many you receive, and believe me, I’ve received boatloads, it still stings. It’s still impossible not, for those first few blaring minutes, to take it personally, to think that someone is… Read More A rejection, and an epiphany on Mount Marathon

Lost

I became lost earlier this evening while running a 10K race over the trails in Kincaid Park. I was talking with a running friend and we both missed the small yellow prompt and ended up at the finish line a mile too early. Later, driving home, I wondered: How often in life have I missed a turn and finished too… Read More Lost