Even Tween Boys Need Hugs

My latest essay published by Brain, Child Magazine is about why my 10 year old son needs hugs and how I screwed that up: My 10-year-old son can be a train wreck.  I know it’s not his fault. His limbs are growing faster than he knows, and his brain is all over the place, from the…

Comic Sans

Comic Sans roundup! Ironically, Blogger does not allow me to use the font here. But you know it. Turns out Comic Sans was developed at Microsoft using two of the biggest selling comic books of the late 1980s: The Dark Knight Returns (lettered by John Constanza) and Watchmen (lettered by Dave Gibbons). Here’s the Urban…

Newton Family Singers

I’ve been a regular blogger for the local singing group my family belongs to, the Newton Family Singers. I play guitar and other instruments, too. For that blog, I write about songs — their origin, stories about their composition, arrangement and interpretation. Some of my favorite posts: Seven Bridges Road If I Had a Boat…

Breaking Bad Writer’s Advice

Grub Street is a terrific resource for writers in the Boston area — they offer classes, consultations and conferences. They also have a daily blog of writing advice. My contribution was about what I learned from listening to the “Breaking Bad Insider Podcast.” It starts: I’m among the many fans who are eagerly awaiting each…

Breaking Bad prediction

After Breaking Bad’s last episode’s cliffhanger, I have no idea whether Hank, Gomie or Jesse survives, but I had a sudden flash of insight as to what will happen with Walter White and the Neo-Nazis. My prediction is based half on what is being shown with the characters, and half based on analyzing the narrative…