A Good Confession

He sat on the left side of the church. A thick rosary hung from his hand as he prayed, eyes fixed on the crucifix above the altar. I hated to interrupt him, but he must have sensed me staring. He turned abruptly as if awakened from a deep slumber and said, “Do you want toContinue reading “A Good Confession”

Flow State

There are fewer things more beautiful to me than the beach in winter. Maybe its my New England heritage, but there is something romantic about cold overcast days and steel-grey water. Shells, driftwood, even the mangled fish carcasses, harassed by seagulls, have a place here before the glittering ripples of the Long Island Sound. ConnecticutContinue reading “Flow State”

Scattered Rainbows

Freedom. I think it means something different to all of us.  I remember hearing a story of a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned. Twenty years later he was released and set free. The interviewer asked him what he wanted to do now that he was out.  His response? To swim in a pool ofContinue reading “Scattered Rainbows”

Defrost? Maybe not

The 4:30 alarm is terrifying. I did what I could to soften its power. The piercing tones have been replaced by Edvard Greig’s “Morning”, and the volume is as low as I can get it. Still, soothing oboe or not, the first notes assault my eardrums and I throw back the covers, dismount from theContinue reading “Defrost? Maybe not”

Four Day Weekend

“Four day weekend and tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mikey, what do you want to do?” “Dad, I am going to run upstairs, put on my bathrobe and play videogames all afternoon. I have…No! Home! Worrrrrrrkkkkkkkk!” “Sounds perfect. How ’bout you Benny-boy? What do you want to do?” He looks out the back window of the truck atContinue reading “Four Day Weekend”

40% Off of Zagg and Thunder! Today Only!

Today, Cyber Monday, please purchase either of my books from my website http://www.spowerks.com and you will receive 40% off of your purchase. Buy one for your child, have them work on it the next few weeks and then wrap it up. Imagine opening the gift of a book that your child has illustrated. They areContinue reading “40% Off of Zagg and Thunder! Today Only!”

Pass the Popcorn…(sniffle)

  Movie night. God, I love it. The darkened room, the flickering light, the music of the show all holding us, transfixed across the gap of screen to couch. Will we recite familiar dialogue? Will we fly alongside familiar heroes or cry at the loss of a favorite character? Or is tonight something new, theContinue reading “Pass the Popcorn…(sniffle)”