Backpacking Trip: Pisgah National Forest (Shining Rock)

One of the first backpacking trips I went on with my backcountry camping class in college was to Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. That trip occurred way back in the Spring of 2005, which also happened to be one of the earliest recorded gatherings of a collective of marauders and bandits that I have…

Backpacking Trip: Mark Twain and Shawnee National Forests

My wife, Erin, and I had planned a week-long vacation of camping and backpacking along the outer banks and in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina (with a couple days of proper dining and brews in Asheville in between). Unfortunately, the weather along the East Coast had other plans in mind…

Empty Apartment And Ongoing War

Last Friday morning, I stood in the doorway of an apartment in a section 8 housing complex. Packed boxes and trash bags filled with clothes were spread around the bedrooms and living room. The sheets had been removed from the mattresses of the beds and the furniture pulled away from the walls. The air conditioner was hardly…

Spinning The Vinyl

Duke Ellington is one of those prolific musicians of an era of music that we’ll never experience again. Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, and Charlie Parker… These cats made the music scene of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Of course, with the exception of Rollins and a few of…

A Brooklyn Moment

It’s early July and the temperature has been somewhere in the volcanic spectrum for weeks. The dead air too much to bear anymore, I yank at the screen window in an upward motion. Whoever installed it, however,  did so in a hurry. I’m left in  a tug-and-pull war of budging the unleveled frame inch by sweaty…

Writing Through The Distractions

I have 9,500 words due to my editor by January 25th. That’s a little more than a month from now, but I have also made it my goal to crank this project out by December 26th. That’s only nine days away! Factor in that Christmas day will surely result in 0 words, I now have…

A Need To Know

My unchecked imagination is running in circles, playing out sad movie scenes again and again. It’s 9pm, and I’m currently sitting by the window of my midway point. Just two months ago, I was living in a closet in Brooklyn. Now, for the time being I am staying at my grandmother’s home in Tennessee. In…

The Cemeteries of Sleepy Hollow, New York

Across the United States, the pumpkin population cowers in fear. Black cats are on high alert. Cornfields have been gutted out to create giant mazes, which, hopefully, bad children will never return from. Roving gangs of teenagers, armed with toilet paper, are attacking nearby shrubs and trees in an attempt to exorcise their demons. This…

Joseph’s Day Dream #1

standing at a road divided peering off into the horizon shadows move left to right the new moon in pursuit as a drop of sweat falls on older hands than yesterday’s trembling beneath a map’s weight upon unforeseen choices between what’s right what’s wrong? in a world of consequence why follow the sun when it only…

You’re All In My Mind

eyes glistening blue of sunkissed water a grin that captures this once wishy wash heart as music follows her everywhere the scent of golden hair floats to me hanging in the air intoxicating I could pass out complete, fleetingly whole for moments that linger infinitely return me to the earth pulling me back home this,…