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Christmas Crabs, Angel Hair, and the Way the Cookie Crumbles

This restrained 2020 holiday season, I have decided to speak of two traditions from my own family: Pasta with crab and Italian cookies.  Although I am confident this pandemic will be over soon, with the passing of several loved ones this past year, I felt it important to memorialize this, in case things fall […]

By |December 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|19 Comments

The Trellis

This is the first blog describing the sculptures that are installed at LaSalle Reserve.

Two years ago I decided to re-design my garden on Maury Island, Washington where my wife, Barbara and I  have converted what had previously been a family home into a “venue.”  The project is complete now, and is suitable for corporate retreats, […]

By |December 21st, 2019|Art, Uncategorized|7 Comments

The Challenge – adapting a screenplay from a successful book

The business of screenwriting is messy. What goes into the final script, who gets credit, and who gets paid almost always become contentious issues – the subject of lore and lawsuits.

When I was at CalArts, my mentor Alexander MacKendrick told me the story about how the famed writer, Ben Hecht was […]

By |October 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Italian Translations for Widow Walk, Isthmus and The Fairness of Beasts

Solipsis Publishing is pleased to announce that the Italian translations in PAPERBACK and Kindle for Widow Walk, Isthmus, and The Fairness of Beasts –  titled: 
  –  L’Approdo
 
Isthmus

 
La Clemenza delle Bestie

are now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.It.

Translated by the talented team of Francesca Cosi and Alessandra Repossi, these editions would be a great resource if you […]

By |June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Watch the First Widow Walk Video Teaser!

Scroll down to see the first of eight “pre-pitch” teasers that we will use to bring Widow Walk to life in a different medium. the plight of one strong woman pioneer and her family and first nation peoples caught in a growing clash of cultures.

 

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By |October 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments

A Hunting Story

On a recent hunting journey, I had the good fortune of being able to take a rifle shot at a magnificent elk from 1,000 yards. It was a moment where everything came together like the gears of an invisible clock — all the planning, the thinking, the training, and the movements. It was indeed an epic hunt […]

By |January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Grandpa Santa

As Christmas approached after my fourth birthday, my grandpa Alphonso told me with great pride that he and Santa Claus (a.k.a. St. Nicolas) were from the same town – Bari, Italy.  Grandpa knew I adored Santa.  I guess it was obvious to him and everyone else because, beginning the day after Halloween, my other favorite […]

By |December 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Interview With E. Lily Yu, Winner of the 2017 LaSalle Artist Trust Storyteller Award

I am very pleased to announce that E. Lily Yu is the recipient of the 2017 Gar LaSalle Artist Trust StoryTeller Award. Lily’s lyrical, poetic, delightful prose lilts with fresh metaphors, framed within an atypical context. Her primary submission sample, The View From the Top of the Stair, has been published in Hazlitt. More […]

By |December 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Search of the Good Doctor

A few weeks ago I had the honor of delivering the 7th Annual James McClellan “Humanities in Medicine” lecture at Whitman College to an audience composed of physicians, academicians and students.  Research for the topic, “In Search of the ‘Good Doctor'” allowed me to explore and in many cases, re-acquaint myself with a wide […]

By |November 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Write Bad Guys

I once knew an opera singer who built a successful, very specialized career by exclusively playing the witch in Hansel und Gretel. For two months out of each year during the winter holiday season, she flew around the world, shuttling from performance to performance, singing and artistically seducing kids into her gumdrop house. She was […]

By |October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments