My Father’s Uncle
26 March 2017 | 11:18 pm

I am very grateful to share these reflections by my own father, about his uncle.  My father shared these words at my great-uncle’s funeral.  I myself only visited with Uncle D a few times, but I was also very much struck by his attentiveness.  He listened to every word.  Memories of Uncle D (J. D. […]

Someday at Christmas
2 January 2017 | 8:34 pm

This essay first appeared on January 1, 2017 in the Herald-Sun. WRAL radio began playing Christmas songs around Thanksgiving. I have been singing favorites and learning new ones. One song from 1966 had never fully registered in my brain until this year. It was beautifully written by Ron Miller and made breathtaking by Stevie Wonder. […]

Brokeback Mountain and Moonlight, with Love
6 December 2016 | 12:35 am

This essay was published in the Durham Herald-Sun on Sunday, December 4, 2016.   When my older daughter was at Riverside High, the theater program performed “The Laramie Project,” a collaboration of author Moises Kaufman, people in Laramie, Wyoming, and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It was performed first in 2000 and uses multiple […]


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