From television

When I first started playing the violin in the fourth grade, my parents went violin crazy. If there was someone playing violin on a TV show or in a commercial, they immediately called for me to come see or listen to it. My mom would record episodes of shows for me to watch later because…

FADE IN:EXT. SUBURBAN HOME – DAYCUE CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SONG WITH STRONG BACKBEAT The front of a house on a tree-lined street, mid-afternoon, sunny. MAN, white, 30s but looks young for his age, dressed in short-sleeved plaid shirt and jeans, walks down the driveway towards BLUE SEDAN. CHILD, 5-7 years old, smiling, follows behind him running…

Part 4 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society Click to read parts 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 In February, 2012, the hashtag #nemo was trending throughout social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as a record-breaking blizzard swept the East Coast. The trend immediately…

Life for both sexes — and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement — is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion that we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle.…