Grateful Thoughts,

An Author’s Blog

The Comfort of Crowds

The Comfort of Crowds

The pandemic brought with it a fear of crowds. If a respiratory virus was not scary enough, the crowds that gathered despite it seemed to be instruments of anger, whether destroying public buildings or storming the capital, or just burning things, humans congregated...

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you are (like me I hope), shaking off the dark thoughts that were brought on by the way the world seemed to be going off the rails, the way people were saying things that were the opposite of true, and embracing nonsense proven wrong long...

Fear, Part II

Fear, Part II

The other things I wrote when I put the word “fear” on the screen: The latest word is that we must live with the virus. Some of us have postponed our date with it, but it will come, and even the vaccines cannot guarantee the outcome of that destiny. Sooner or later,...

Fear, Part I

Fear, Part I

Fear I thought I’d put that word on paper this week. For a year and a half it has entangled the entire area. The third record album I owned was Déjà Vu, by Crosby, Stills Nash & Young. (The Turtles Greatest Hits and Waiting for the Sun by the Doors were first and...

I Have Always Loved Audiobooks

I Have Always Loved Audiobooks

Almost as far back as I can remember, listening--to something--has been a prerequisite for falling asleep. At first it was a choice. Now it’s more of a habit. Or, more honestly, an addiction. It started with the transistor radio I snuck into my boarding school. There...

The Smiles of Strangers

The Smiles of Strangers

Let me make clear that I offer no opinion here as to whether masks should have ever been required, or when they should stop being required. My only opinion is that there should be a day when they should stop being required. And further, and just as importantly, there...

Come on Everybody

Come on Everybody

Fridays can be hard for me, as they surely are for you. I wonder, as I drive in, whether there is enough energy to get through the demands of the day. I try to start my Fridays with a prayer, and lately have turned for inspiration to a pretty great app: Pray.com. I...

The Scene on a Lake

The Scene on a Lake

My new book Three Bodies by the River is a work of fiction, but you will recognize places in it, including the “river.” A key scene takes place on a lake in Northern Michigan. When I wrote the scene, I had in mind a lake where I had spent five summers teaching young...

Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning

It’s Mother’s Day, 2021. For the first time in 14 months, we walk through the doors of our church. Looking around, old friends are recognized. The seats seem full, though some are held empty. We see the joyful faces of the singers, singing out, singing at last, that...