The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

while waiting for inspiration…

(I wrote this piece while I struggled with the recent book review. The previous words were eventually scrapped and I started fresh. This was the writing exercise that helped me … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 8 Comments

An Old Friend Visits the Room

I need to be back in therapy.  There are too many things I’m trying to work out and pieces are simply not being picked up. Sickness.  That’s wot it is. … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Dark Room

Growing up, I was creative without ambition.  The wheels were constantly turning.  I loved examining my life, but I never stopped to think about how to market this love.  How … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

Cranking up the power plant once more

Like most writers I get inspiration all the time.  I am often scribbling down notes on whatever I have available just so I don’t lose it. My memory cannot be … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

New Tricks

My gorgeous wife made lamb and butternut squash tagine over couscous.  I washed it down with Guinness while we watched Tropic Thunder.  From the disturbing but excellent Robin Williams vehicle … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Practice, Practice, Practice

Every day I become a better writer.  Even if I don’t write.  A lot is coming from conversations I have with people or even web log post exchanges.  Today was … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

That awfully big room in our heart

So I dusted off this old chestnut in my collection called Baby Sister.  Some people in my family have read it.  Well-received by the small but supportive albeit biased audience … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Let this weekend be one of rebirth

Let this weekend be one of rebirth.  Many things came to an end this week.  Finished one of my goals for the year, finished the final season of Burn Notice, … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Thoughts on Who I Am Today

I am still unsure what I want from starting The Back Room.  While not a social person, I am enjoying the feedback and web logs from others around the world.  … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Another Layer to Arrogance

I enjoyed Peter Hessler’s memoir River Town, about his time in the 90’s volunteering in China as a teacher for the Peace Corps.  I was struck by how his arrogance … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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