Saturday, December 12, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

News from nowhere

It amazes me that some people still check this blog, but according to the stats, it still has some regular visitors, who must be frequently disappointed but off the charts in tenacity. If you're one of those people and have lost track of me in the last few years, here are some highlights.

I made a writing website. It's at Wordpress but isn't really a blog, just a listing of all my publications and some "about the author" stuff.

Speaking of publications, I have a poetry chapbook coming out! It was supposed to be published on July 3rd, but it's now delayed until August or September. It'll be available on Amazon once it is published. I'll put some more info here when that happens.

After living here for 4 years and being married for 3, I'm finally kinda sorta getting used to the idea. It just takes me a long time to adjust to any situation, I guess, and this is the first time in my adult life that I've had something last so long that I could imagine myself buying some furniture and giving the cat a name. (For those who don't know, that's a Breakfast at Tiffany's quote. We actually have three cats, and they all have names. We also have way too much old-people furniture cluttering up the house.) I guess I'm also finally emerging from my bubble and wondering why I don't have any friends. Parkersburg isn't exactly full of people like me, and I get lonely sometimes. Living in a college town can be overwhelming at times, but you never lack people to meet and things to do. I miss that now.

Well, that's all I've got at the moment, except for this. If you really are one of those people who come here all the time looking for something new, I guess that must mean you like me or something. Wouldn't it be nicer if we could actually talk to each other? Why don't you drop me a line?

Friday, September 19, 2014

929 Brookridge

If anyone is interested, my poem "929 Brookridge" was recently published in Boston Literary Magazine. The title refers to an address in Ames, Iowa. Interested parties should be able to figure out the rest from there.

There is not anything I would not do

Monday, December 9, 2013

Artisanal Cheese Club, Months 9 and 10


Le Bourgogne-- This was a triple-creme cheese from France.  It was very, very salty.  Aside from that, it didn't have much flavor at all.  I can't find it on the Artisanal site anymore.

Manchego--   This is a very nice Spanish sheep's milk cheese.  One night when we were having fajitas, we didn't have any Monterey Jack, so we ended up grating this to put on top!  It was really good, if much more expensive than our normal Mexican-night fare.

Pecorino Toscano Stagionato-- This was a nice firm white cheese from Tuscany.

Roquefort-- This was my first time having Roquefort.  It's a blue cheese, except that it's actually green instead, so it has a slightly different flavor.  I can see why some people swear by this cheese, although some other kinds of blue cheese are actually more to my personal liking.


This month ended up being something of a year in review, as we've had three of the four selections before.  They were Zamorano, Raclette, and Gorgonzola Piccante.  You can find my reviews of them elsewhere on this blog.  The one new selection was Brillat Savarin. This was a triple-creme from France.  It tastes almost exactly like Le Bourgogne, except without the salt.  I love the puffy rind on it.  It's very fun to push on!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Artisanal cheese club, Month 8

Geit-in-Stad--  These goat cheese was amazing!  This is going to sound crazy, but it tasted just like a real high-quality Velveeta.  Even better, it didn't give me headaches.  I ate the whole thing in a matter of a week.

Brazos Cheddar--  A nice white cheddar from Texas.  Not as aggressive as some of the cheddars we've had, it actually tasted like something you might want to put on a sandwich.

Prima Donna--  This was a one-year gouda from Holland.  Very nice, and not as headache-inducing as those that have aged longer.

Gorgonzola Piccante--  A blue cheese from Italy.  It was saltier and sharper than the blues I like best, but it was still very good.