Exciting news about my wife

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Hello friends. I’m back to blogging this week (yay!)—but wanted to share with you something that’s happening today. As many of you know, my wife Catherine (Cat) is an up-and-coming fine art photographer. (See her work here). Today she is honored to have a photograph of hers chosen by the Duncan Miller Gallery of Santa Monica [Read More...]

Say it ain’t so, Trader Joe!


Oh no! [Read more...]

My novel approach

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One of our stories, fully told, is really all of our stories. [Read more...]

See ya’ next year (and a few quick answers)

Hi, guys. So, in order to fully concentrate on the novel I’m writing, I’m going to stop blogging for the month of December. I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season. See ya’ next year! Before cutting out, a few quick responses to writers-in requesting my counsel: To the 17-year-old Christian [Read More...]

Free concert (and then some) in North County San Diego this Saturday afternoon


If you’re in North County San Diego this Saturday, you’re officially invited to the above event. The truly amazing jazz & blues singer/player Steph Johnson will be performing, we’ll be serving cheese and salami and bread from Venissimo (plus wine! yay!), my wife’s Cat’s fantastic photo exhibition Wallflowers will be on display—and I’ll be there busily [Read More...]

Book giveaway: “Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic” by Nora Gallagher


There’s just a lot of things I’m more comfortable talking about in the newsletter than I am anywhere else. That’s why I write it. [Read more...]

I’m booked for the next few weeks


Hi, guys. For about three months I’ve been writing a new book that now necessitates all of my attention—which means stepping offline for two or three weeks. Catch ya’ on the other side of this … apparently extreme adventure I’m on! Hey, increasingly Facebook doesn’t work as a means of letting people know when I’ve [Read More...]

There’s no place like home–for now.

As some of you may know, I spent the last three or four days rather caught up in the fires that have been raging all over San Diego. My wife Cat and I are totally fine. Our car’s been sitting in the garage for three days, all packed up and ready to go. We live [Read More...]

Fires happening in San Diego: We may be evacuated


Hi, guys. This is a photo I snapped moments ago, from just outside my townhouse in North County San Diego. Everyone around us is packing and evacuating. We’re definitely packing and preparing to get out. I’ll keep you up as I can. Thanks for your prayers/kind thoughts. Love you guys! UPDATE: About 5:00 p.m. what [Read More...]

Happy 5th Anniversary, Patheos.com! [VIDEO]

Today Patheos.com—the website on which you’re reading this blog—is celebrating its fifth anniversary. By way of marking that milestone the good folks at Patheos requested their bloggers do a little video about site. My offering’s below. (Please rest assured that in real life my skin isn’t the color one typically associates with white guys about [Read More...]