A New Ballgame

There are some changes coming in GF posts, one temporary, and at least one permanent. I’ve been hesitant to enter this stage of self disclosure, but my family life with the missus has entered a new phase, one that has ironically drawn us closer together – – she’s been stricken with an extremely nasty and…

Provoking, Informing, and Magazine Success

The Atlantic, March 2014   In a world in which magazines are closing their doors daily, a few have found the key to success, and The Atlantic seems to have that key firmly in its grasp. What makes its mojo work, then? Simple – find a way to entertain as it informs, and do so…

A Good Magazine Article Is Hard to Find

Harper’s Magazine, November 2013   I remember many years ago, when I was just learning to play guitar, I subscribed to a magazine called Guitar Player, and did I ever learn a lot about the nuances from its articles! I cut out tons of charts, musical pieces, and “how-tos. Most of which I still have…

Audio From Sam’s Place and Other News

  I’ve been spreading the news around, but in case I missed you, or you missed the news, I’ve recorded an audio book of my latest, Sam’s Place: Stories. You can buy them one at a time or as a complete book HERE (I’m betting you’ll be hooked after the first file), and they should play…

Magazines, Coming Up!

Next week will be magazine week. Stay tuned.       Visit my website here, and my FB Fan Page here for more on ideas and events that matter to me – and possibly to you.

Magazine Time – – Comin’ Up!

The trouble with opinions on magazines (and I’m always full of opinions) is that they’re edited with the general public in mind. Thus, you might find only an article or two in each to address your concerns or push your buttons. In fact, having done a little of this sort of editing in the dimly lighted past, I have to take my hat off to anyone who edits periodicals – its a mighty task!

Atlantic Monthly Gets It Right This Time

I've commented infrequently on Atlantic Monthly, a magazine I've read for many more years than I wish to count. I've had my problems with Atlantic; the editors have often tackled important subjects in the magazine, but all too often they've done so with provocative articles that did too little to inform. But the March 2012 issue…