Category Archives: Travel

Where Do Stories Come From?

For Christmas in 1911 Aunt Eliza gave a copy of a leather-bound book titled, “Longfellow” to Marguerite Day. I know this because inside the cover of my worn and tattered book of Longfellow poems, a cover splotched with white paint and water stains and frayed edges from being well read over the decades are the […]

The Haircut

When I lived in the Caribbean, there was a woman named Ursula who cut my hair in Saint Martin. She was a petite, attractive woman who came from a small, cozy village on the outskirts of Paris. Her personality was warm, kind and tender and she spoke only a few words of English. Being that […]

I Am Samurai! Ay!

A lot of things changed in our part of the world while I was living in the islands for the better part of a decade. To be honest, I’m having a bit of a problem adjusting to life back in America. I was not all that trendy in the first place, so I didn’t put […]

What’s In A Name?

I’ve always had more than one “given” name. Legally, my name is Brian, but my father called me Ben as far back as I remember. I can only presume my legal name was one of the few arguments he ever lost with my Mother. Losing the argument didn’t seem to have much affect on him […]