The Key to a Successful Neo Renaissance Life

Renaissance people, or Polymaths, or whatever you call us, are skilled and/or knowledgeable in many areas.  We believe in lifelong learning, and are driven to excel in more than one area. But the core secret or fundamental trait of a Continue reading The Key to a Successful Neo Renaissance Life

Four Reasons I’m Scaling Back on Social Media

When it comes to working in the internet age, do you ever feel like this? Trying to be an expert in several different areas. Or do you ever feel like this? Trying to do everything at once and keep pace. Continue reading Four Reasons I’m Scaling Back on Social Media

Book Review–The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A Pulitzer Prize winning novel deserves attention and discussion, no matter what the perceived quality, mostly because a winning novel is a subjective choice by a small jury who has a certain amount of influence in affecting modern literary taste Continue reading Book Review–The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Musing on Formal Education

  My wife and I attended her niece’s graduation from Grinnell College the other day. She’s a bright, charming, intelligent young woman who’s already been to China to teach English and is going back later this year for an 11-month Continue reading Musing on Formal Education

13 Things I Learned at the UW Writers’ Institute

As a Neo-Renaissance practitioner (Neo Ren), I’ve developed a philosophy over the years when it comes to taking courses of any sort. Remember, a Neo Ren is one who is a life-long learner. One of my philosophies of life is, Continue reading 13 Things I Learned at the UW Writers’ Institute

Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

Music satisfies three cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (Neo Ren) life: Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual. Performing music can often satisfy the fourth cornerstone, Physical. Ever see a fat rock-and-roll drummer? Ever check the lung capacity and endurance of a lead Continue reading Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

How to Construct a Christmas Yule Log and Maintain Your Sanity

*Note- This is a revised version of an archived post from 2011* Once upon a time, when I was quite ambitious in the kitchen, I decided to let out all the stops and make a Yule Log for our family Continue reading How to Construct a Christmas Yule Log and Maintain Your Sanity

NaNoWriMo is done–Success!

I apologize for not posting recently but National Novel Writing Month took most of my time, along with hosting six house guests over Thanksgiving weekend. For the second consecutive year, I successfully wrote 50,000 words of my second novel, working Continue reading NaNoWriMo is done–Success!

Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Yesterday my wife and I saw the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The writer in me loved the sci-fi/action/suspense plot line as well as the metaphors, the classic “hero’s journey,” and the juxtaposition of the vastness of space Continue reading Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Rest in Peace, Elmore Leonard. And Thanks.

I’m due for a new post, so I decided to comment about Elmore Leonard’s passing today because he was one of the great writers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. His characters were all unique, quirky, detestable but likeable Continue reading Rest in Peace, Elmore Leonard. And Thanks.