The Tree

As I lay awake in bed last night, the solace of sleep staying far from me, an image, unbidden, suddenly formed itself in my mind:  An old, weathered tree, with gnarled branches, many of them dead and rotting. A few green shoots could be seen, higher up, trying to fend off the rot. I felt…

The Hamster Who Wouldn’t (Because He Wasn’t)

The Hamster Who Wouldn’t (Because He Wasn’t) He was furry and fluffy and had little feet and little eyes and he went to Hamster School with the rest of the hamsters, but something just never felt right to him about being a hamster. He’d never known his real parents. He’d been raised by a Hamster…

Fault Lines

These aren’t new ideas for me, though I’ve often tempered them when expressing them. I don’t mean to be fatalistic. No more so than Sisyphus, anyway. First of all, I want to say that this isn’t about partisan politics, this is about the future of our country. I don’t mean to point any fingers, I…

The Octopus, Two Year Review

A little over two years ago, two of my former coworkers, Trevor and Liza, opened up a bar in Wallingford with one of their good friends, Taryn.  I had full confidence in their abilities, as excellent workers and wonderful people in general, but even I couldn’t have prepared myself for how awesome The Octopus would…

“What funny dances we perform!”

(From October, 2008) I haven’t found the dance I want to dance the rest of my life yet.  And what funny dances they are that we perform and what strange dreams fill our days!  My dance right now is to ride my bike around in circles and slap pieces of meat and vegetables on slices…

The Octopus Review

(From January 2014)   When I found out that two of my friends and former coworkers, Trevor and Liza, were opening up a bar with one of their good friends, Taryn, I was naturally excited.  I knew they were good, dedicated workers, but, more importantly, I knew that they were good people.  I stayed in…

The Day After the Revolution

I went to get food today. All of the shops are closed. A lot of people were milling about in the street. I walked past the palace; it’s burning. Our soldiers have taken out all of the furniture, and all of the wood. Some of it is going to refurbish some of our buildings. The…