You might remember my friend Robert from pages 190 and 191 of my book When Wanderers Cease to Roam, where I talk about how Robert operates the drawbridge over the Eastchester Barge Canal off U.S.Route 1.

He spent 30 years there, planting trees and creating art from the debris that floated his way, hanging hundreds of [...]

Recipe for a perfect Winter day.

Recipe for a Perfect Winter Day

First, you need snow. Next, you need company.

The snow started after dark, in the wee hours of Saturday morning. So by the time we woke up we had FINALLY a blanket of Winter White to celebrate.

It’s been an extraordinarily mild Winter so far here on the Long Island Sound, so [...]

Here be dragons.

There are strange and bizarre creatures roaming on Long  Island. Yellow creatures. With feathers. Here’s proof:

I found one of these feathers in 2010 and  one in 2011. I couldn’t imagine what kind of critter could have molted these unusual plumes right in my backyard but it never worried me. I’m used to living in  oblivion. I [...]

How Publishing Really Works, Part Seven. And other stuff.

This is a first!

This is the first time that I’ve received proofs for my soon-to-be-published book. For all you future authors out there: if your first book is “orphaned”, that is, the editor who bought the manuscript does a runner from the publishing house and nobody there wants to take responsibility for your pitiful life’s [...]

When the going gets tough.

Yesterday and the day before: was there ever a worse weekend in America?

1.     Over 100 million people in 30 states are trapped under a heat dome that has been baking them at 115 degrees for the past 15-20 days. It got so bad here on Long Island at Top Cat Manor that for the first time in [...]

One last August story

It’s hot. At 8:oo last night it was 86 degrees. I’m not complaining — if you know one thing about me, it’s that I am ridiculously proud of the way I can stand the heat. We don’t use air conditioning here at Casa des Chats, even though every now and then it’s too hot to [...]

August Eat, August Pray, August Love

The book is better than the movie (isn’t that always true?) but the movie is pretty good. I’m talking of course about Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. The only way that the movie beats the book is that the movie has Javier Bardem in it. And the movie made me hungry in a way that the [...]

August finds

My friend Melinda came to visit the Long Island Sound this week, an escapee to our northern climate from the swelter of the Carolinas. We took a short walk on the lawns of an old Gold Coast mansion in the neighborhood. “Is August really your favorite month?” she asked me, and even though I was crab-walking [...]