Brain Surgery, meet Love

Summer’s end.  It’s a fitting time to talk about one of the most daunting challenges facing acoustic neuroma and other brain surgery patients:  the pressure on family. In my experience, entire lifetimes are measured by “before the surgery” or “”after.”  Everything changes: 1) Money gets scarce when the family budget meets a nonworking spouse and large medical bills. 2) The brain patient grows impatient.  After … Continue reading Brain Surgery, meet Love

Unreal

Crime, contacts . . . CRAFT!  Killer Nashville was amazing.  Above, see the featured image with Max Allan Collins, the master writer behind Road to Perdition and about a million other projects, plus now Quarry. The workshops were just . . . well—like POISONS, State Department protocols, Noir, Police Procedures, Contracts and Humorous Thrillers.  Because you NEED humor when you figure out what this contract will … Continue reading Unreal

Permission

Writing.  In daily life it feels selfish.  We all have jobs, commitments, and FAMILY.  We all have to give ourselves permission to “waste” hours that could have been better-spent cleaning house, studying up for a promotion, or going out with the kids.  In my case, having just separated, I feel the pressure to be both parents. When the separation first happened, I felt guilty about … Continue reading Permission

For Art Focus: Photo/Synthesis

Some exhibits are so big I can barely walk through without a lunch break. Will Wilson’s Photo/Synthesis was not that huge physically. I didn’t need a sandwich. Photo/Synthesis was mammoth on my mind. It invigorated my curiosity, dismantled my preconceptions and surprised me with controversy–yeah, we’ll get to that. I came to see powerful portraits and found those plus… Featured image: Will Wilson (U.S., Navajo; b. … Continue reading For Art Focus: Photo/Synthesis