I love fiction – good fiction. Stuff like Lord of the Rings (although Tolkien himself described it as a history). I read the entire trilogy one summer in high school. I didn’t really get at the time that the greatest hero in the story is the lowly gardener, Samwise Gamgee. The character we see in … Read moreI made a promise.
“It’s been good knowing you, Mike. Now you have to leave.” It had been over a week since we left El Paso in their old, beat-up, converted school bus. I kind of knew Kim and Kim – yea, a married couple with the same first name. They said, since they had room on their trip … Read moreOnto the Bus
When you’re a kid, small, even insignificant, things can teach you to dial it back and play it safe. We were poor Not dirt poor, not sharecropper poor, but we didn’t have much money. My father had been gone a long time, my now-single mother, and her mother, and my older brother were now my … Read moreStop Dialing It Back
Memories of Thomas Leonard on this 10th anniversary of his passing Thomas Leonard was not yet 48 years old when he died suddenly of a massive heart attack on February 11, 2003. I had met him only once, and briefly, a couple of years earlier. The closest I ever came to a personal conversation … Read moreRemembering “t” – Thomas Leonard