Category Archives: fathers and sons

“If you don’t push against the mirror, how do you know you’re standing in front of it?”

The quote above is from my interview with Martin Pousson, whose PEN award-winning novel Black Sheep Boy, also an L.A. Times Pick of the Week, inspired Susan Larson (NPR The Reading Life) to say: “An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost … Continue reading

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Overheard at Carlsbad Caverns: My Father is Such a Cowboy

Todd and I eat like dogs, tucking into our food. In the visitor center we were eating all the more like two dogs with bowls side-by-side on the floor, because we both sat on the same side of the table … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

I have a fondness for Mobius: A Journal of Social Change (they published my short story, “The Yearbook,” after all), so I occasional peruse the fiction there. In “Additives” by Paul K. Binford a boy is working on the carburetor of … Continue reading

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Can’t get to the ocean this summer? Watch and listen to the waves at Huntington Beach, California

Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_4zm5GBSh4 Below is the pier at Huntington Beach, July 2014. I’ve done very little fishing in my life, but most of that was from the Huntington Beach pier  with my father and older brother on rare days when … Continue reading

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Baltimore and Ohio Railroad dining car experience

In the photo above from Greco and Spence, Dining on the B&O, the caption reads in part: “The young man seated at dinner on the Royal Blue does not appear pleased that the camera has caught his dad cutting his … Continue reading

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“…He was the helplessly contradictory mess that real people always are.”–Charles Dodd White

“It is a difficult piece that deals with family issues, but I believe it’s one of the more important things I’ve done as a writer,” says Charles Dodd White, at http://charlesdoddwhite.me/. He’s talking of “Groupings,” an essay about fathers and sons and uncles and … Continue reading

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