Upcoming Events

Greetings, all, and thank you for visiting.  I’m excited to announce that I’ll be making a few appearances in the near future.  I’m looking forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day with the residents of Leominster Crossings as I read from Turning Turf and play a few tunes on the whistle for their social gathering.  I’ve greatly enjoyed volunteering at assisted living facilities in the past and am happy to be sharing the day with the residents.

You can find me at the Bigelow library in Clinton on April 22nd for the Home Grown Author Fair.  I had a great reading of Turning Turf at the Bigelow a couple of years ago and am looking forward to being a part of this great event along with other area writers.  You can learn more information on the library’s website.  I will also be a part of the Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative local author fair on May 5th at Lancaster’s Thayer Memorial Library.  Many thanks to both libraries and the Seven Bridge board.

I have also finally finished a full rough draft of my next book, a non-fiction work about how to have more meaning in your life.  The idea for the book was formulated ten years ago and predates Turning Turf’s inception by a number of years, but I only applied myself in earnest over the past nine months when I’ve been fortunate to have the time to devote to it.  Emphasis is on the “rough,” so I’ll be making needed improvements and getting feedback from select readers.

Thank you for stopping by and reading, and best wishes!

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Welcome, 2018!

Greetings, happy New Year, and thank you for visiting my site.  With all of the billions of sites you could be on right now, you’re visiting mine, and I appreciate your time and attention.

I have returned from my latest trip to England, and you can view some of the photos on my England 2 page.  Many thanks to all those who helped to make it an amazing trip, particularly the parishioners of St. Margaret’s in Canterbury for the warm welcome (and pudding, coffee, and lovely conversation), Daphne Reese for the personal stained glass tour of Canterbury Cathedral, Simon Lockwood for special access to the bell tower, the Roman Baths staff for special access, the Wells Cathedral staff, and Vida O’Sullivan and all of the friendly and helpful staff members at the places I stayed in Bath, Canterbury, and London.  I also visited Glastonbury, Wells, and Dover, and though I had expected to get to a few more places, I was too busy enjoying myself where I was.  A third visit will be in order in the future.

2018 is upon us, and my hope for this coming year is that we each work to create more kindness, respect, peace, love, and gratitude in our own lives.  This is not an easy task, but each moment is a new opportunity to choose love.  Please join me in consciously working to create a better world through our everyday interactions:  it’s the seemingly small things that add up to big things.  Thank you, and best wishes for a peaceful, loving 2018 full of kindness and gratitude.

 

The Next Adventure

Hello, everyone, and thank you for visiting my site.  I am excited and grateful to announce that I am again going abroad for an extended period of time.  This time, I am confining my travels to England because I determined that I did not spend enough time there on my way through in 2013, particularly in London.  It was tough to choose it over a fifth visit to Ireland, but I have been meaning to revisit London and some English places I missed.  Now is the time.

In November, I will hit the five year mark of writing a poem per day.  I gave only a brief consideration to stopping at the completion of this year.  At this point, writing a poem each day is such an integral part of my life and such a compulsion that I don’t want to stop.  So I’ll keep going until I want to stop, if/when that occurs.  And if I happen to miss a day due to some unforeseen circumstance, know for certain that I’ll pick up my pen and meet the page again the next day.

Thanks to all of you for your support of my creative endeavors and your well wishes on this next adventure.  I will return armed with plenty of photos for an England 2 page…that hopefully will get posted sooner than the 2013 photos did.

Thank you, and best wishes!

Still Point Arts Review and MSPS Contests

Hello, everyone.  Thank you for stopping by.  As I mentioned in my last post, I had three photographs published in the most recent edition of Still Point Arts Quarterly.  You can find it here.  Please also check out the review of the edition by Katy Haas at New Pages.  Many thanks to Christine Cote for the opportunity and Katy Haas for her coverage.

I have also recently won prizes in four contests in this year’s Massachusetts State Poetry Society competitions, including a first place prize.  In addition to submitting, I sponsored the William Butler Yeats Award for a poem about Ireland and awarded first, second, and third place prizes.  Congratulations to the winners, particularly Barbara Blanks for her first place prize.  Thanks to all who submitted and allowed me to read your work.

Thanks!

 

The Art of Structure Exhibit

Hello, everyone.  I’m excited to announce that three of my photographs have been chosen for Still Point Art Gallery’s exhibition entitled “The Art of Structure.”  You can view my images (Neuschwanstein, Radcliffe Door, and St. David’s) on the Still Point website until October 31st.

The images will also be featured in the Still Point Arts Quarterly.  Print editions can be purchased on the Still Point website.

Many thanks to Christine Cote of Still Point Art Gallery.  Christine is also the founder of Shanti Arts, publisher of my book Turning Turf.

Summer Workshop

Hello, all, and thank you for your visit.  I recently had a poem, “This is the Last Picture that Van Gogh Painted Before He Killed Himself” published by Ekphrastic Review.  The poem was inspired by Van Gogh’s Wheatfields with Crows and by John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing.  It was originally a prose poem that I turned into verse for this submission.  Many thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my work and to my friend James B. Nicola, also published in the review, for pointing me to the journal. 

As previously mentioned, this summer I have been invited to offer a workshop as part of the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series.  On July 15th, we’ll be exploring poems and blessings through my workshop, “Inscribing Blessing: Exploring the Poem as Blessing.”  You can learn more about the workshop series and how to register in the recent  Worcester Telegram article.  Many thanks to Susan Roney-O’Brien for asking me to participate.

Thanks also to all who attended recent readings and events, including the great crowd we had at Fitchburg State University for their inaugural poetry month event held in April.  I had the great opportunity to read with other area poets, particularly DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld and Megan Normandin.  It was an honor to read with these accomplished poets and to hear the great work by students and community members.  The attendance was impressive, particularly for a first event, and the enthusiasm of the students was inspiring.  Many thanks to the team of organizers:  Marcia Ladd, Connie Strittmatter, and Kim Cochrane.  Thanks also to Sally Cragin for inviting me to participate.

And thanks again to Susan Roney-O’Brien for inviting me to read at the Thirsty Lab series.  It was a great reading with lively discussion afterward.  Thanks also to Sue DeLiddo for the great hospitality and comfortable reading space.

One last thank you to the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative for having me read at their monthly Bridging Writers Author Series in April.  This is a great series with talented writers presenting their works, and I appreciated being a part of it.

Thank you to all.