What has been going on? My personal world had just started to fall into a new normal in March; healthy routines and projects moving me forward into a new life outside the confines of the Navy and inside a sense of peace that had been missing for too many years. Then COVID-19. Then a long … Continue reading Father’s Day Chat with Stephen, 6/21/20
"This region is not like it was when I lived here, but in a way it doesn't matter because home is memory and companions and/or friends who share the memory. But equally important as the memory and place and people of one's personal home is the very idea of home. What do we mean when … Continue reading Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/29/20, or the one where I quote Toni Morrison (again) and talk about the home you have here at the Go Dog Go Cafe. (P.S. Stay Home and Wash Your HANDS!)
Admittedly, I feel at a loss this week. So much has changed here in the United States in such a short time that whiplash does not do it justice. I cannot begin to imagine the collective grief of Italians and Iranians who are experiencing the worst of the Coronavirus outbreak. Sure last week we were … Continue reading Updated: Sunday Chat with Stephen, 3/22/20, or we are open for business… join us
"How bleak, unlivable, insufferable existence becomes when we are deprived of artwork. That the life and work of writers facing peril must be protected is urgent, but along with that urgency we should remind ourselves that their absence, the choking off of a writer's work, its cruel amputation, is of equal peril to us. The … Continue reading Stephen’s Sunday Chat 3/8/20: The One Where We Say Thank You to the Women of the Cafe in Honor of International Women’s Day with a Thank You to Toni Morrison
"Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: … Continue reading Stephen’s Sunday Chat 3/1/20: A Virtual Cafe Connects Writers Around the World, plus Gratitude, Challenges, Reviews, Workshops, Round Up, and a little Rilke
After Michelangelo died, someone found in his studio a piece of paper on which he had written a note to his apprentice, in the handwriting of his old age: ‘Draw, Antonio, draw, Antonio, draw and do not waste time.’ Annie Dillard from The Writing Life page 79. Write, friends, write, friends, write and do not … Continue reading Stephen’s Sunday Chat 2/23/20: Evolution of a Cafe, Promoting Podcasts, Writing Workshops, and Veterans.