Peeps of Paradise: “Brain Massage”

"It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about."

Stan Getz

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Lonely or Alone

The rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled since 1980.
University of Chicago study

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Gateways

Where you were
before you were born,
and where you are
when you’re not anymore
might be very close.
Might be the same place …

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The Miracle Swim Master of Sarasota, Part 2

When I studied Media Ecology under brilliant Neil Postman at NYU’s graduate school, he told us that by our very nature humans are teachers. It’s been my experience that this is not always so – at least when it comes to swimming.

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The Miracle Swim Master of Sarasota

Half the population admits to being afraid of deep water in pools. Still others – comfortable in a pool -- fear to venture into the open ocean. And of drownings, three-fourths are adults.

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Writing Barely

It’s a wet heat, this rainy season in Puerto Rico.

Trade winds down.

Mosquito population up.

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Dove Stew, Anyone?

In the pre-dawn darkness of Vieques, hardy and motivated men haul themselves out of bed to go to work. Or to fish with hand lines off Mosquito Pier. Or to shoot fist-sized mourning doves.

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Peeps of Paradise: “N1DL”

My first bed-and-breakfast guest of the 2013-2014 Vieques season was once my boss … then client … now friend.

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Trees from Hell

“They know. They just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants. They just know, and, therefore, I've concluded weeds must have brains.”

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But Who's Counting?

You know what it is about writing that’s nearly pathological?

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