Memories Of My Dad…

Memories Of My Dad…

Riding down the highway as a teenager with my dad, I remember when he pointed off to the side of the road and asked “Did you know a man died in that silo over there?” Curious, I shook my head encouraging him to continue. “Yep, he ran himself to death trying to find a...

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#MeToo, Again

#MeToo, Again

I love what I do. Each and every job-career-hobby, although maybe not all at the same time! I am blessed to have been in the gallery business for over 25 years as well as, had the opportunity to paint and sell my own work. And yes, music is my heart – composing,...

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One Man’s Opinion: White Houses

One Man’s Opinion: White Houses

Several months ago I approached a local publication and offered to write editorials with my tongue-in-cheek take on interior design. After dozens of years in the design field, I felt that I not only had the experience to draw from, but might also provide a humorous...

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One Man’s Opinion: Jack and Jill Baths

One Man’s Opinion: Jack and Jill Baths

I have always had a fascination with architecture, especially floor plans. Maybe it stems from those Sunday afternoons as a child that were spent riding around with my parents looking at open houses. Whatever the reason, by the time I was in junior high, I could be...

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We all wear masks

We all wear masks

I attempted suicide in 1969 at the age of 16 because I felt that everything in my world had come crashing down on me. Childhood abuse, contradictions between religion and sex, knowing that I was homosexual in a time when it was not accepted by those around me – all of...

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Protecting The Innocent

Protecting The Innocent

Last year I got clean, in that being honest with yourself and others kind of way. I revealed that my father, a Scoutmaster, had been arrested in the 1950s for molesting my cousin, who was a 13-year-old Scout. I learned this family secret long after my parents had...

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Saint Joyce

Saint Joyce

I made an appointment with my attorney after it was suggested that I might consider protecting myself just in case anyone wanted to come after me or my business. He asked me why I thought I needed this and I told him that I had written a book and then proceeded to...

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The gospel according to Chubby

The gospel according to Chubby

Several years ago I met Jeremy and Charity Rochford during a Cherish the Night fundraising event for the non-profit organization, STARS. I am on their board and served  as “Art Chair” for the event. That meant I called in favors, begged and pleaded my case to secure...

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Two Friends from High School

Two Friends from High School

"A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth." —Charles DarwinMarch 18, 2018Two friends from high school sat on the front row in the crowded Parnassus Books waiting to hear me speak about my newest memoir, Songs from an Imperfect Life. They laughed...

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Songs from an Imperfect Life  Outtake #2

Songs from an Imperfect Life Outtake #2

My first draft for Songs from an Imperfect Life included a couple of memories that when all was said and done, did not carry my story along or particularly add to the timeline. However, they were “my” stories of things that had left an impression on me and therefore I...

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Songs from an Imperfect Life  Outtake #1

Songs from an Imperfect Life Outtake #1

My father purchased a travel trailer when I was a sophomore in high school, thinking it would be wonderful to take a family vacation with this massive thing attached to the back of our 1966 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon. With Mexico as our destination, the...

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