A Book is a friend to the maniacs in my mind

It’s an odd feeling, having a closer relationship with words on a page, than most people. Fiction and narrative non-fiction make up the the majority of my mind’s diet.  Conversation with other humans lags behind the same way I neglect nutritious vegetables at the dinner table. I ingest other author’s writings and feast sumptuously on the nourishment provided by their labor. I write, to reciprocate these… Read More A Book is a friend to the maniacs in my mind

Teaching English in Spain-A Day in the Life, and drunk daydreams

I’ve gotten used to playing the part of the inconsiderate, able bodied asshole who takes the handicapped seat in the front of the city bus.  My feet still haven’t healed from the Camino de Santiago.  I think there has been nerve damage, but they don’t know that. There’s no boot or brace.  10 or 15… Read More Teaching English in Spain-A Day in the Life, and drunk daydreams

Apartment hunting and hostels/ “I’m taking it easy tonight”- My 10th day in Madrid,Spain

I see universes, loves, achievements, like a projector up on the wall in my mind’s eye. The coveting of my peer’s lives and indulging of my day-dream fantasies keep me paralyzed. Having a foot injury has left my mind in the form of marinated stew, boiled until its liquefied mush and no solids remain. It starts… Read More Apartment hunting and hostels/ “I’m taking it easy tonight”- My 10th day in Madrid,Spain

Camino de Santiago-Day 18 – The Rollercoaster and the Hamster wheel- Somewhere- Sarria T-minus 100 km to Santiago de Compostela

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was… Read More Camino de Santiago-Day 18 – The Rollercoaster and the Hamster wheel- Somewhere- Sarria T-minus 100 km to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Day 16 -“You look dumb when you’re trying to sound out the words.” Somewhere in the Northwest of Spain

The first part of the walk today was in darkness. We walked down the winding roads in the remote mountains, I craned my neck to look up at clusters of stars contrasted with the sky like blotches of paint on a canvas.  The outline of the Milky Way Galaxy was faintly visible.  Nicole led with her flashlight.   There was… Read More Camino Day 16 -“You look dumb when you’re trying to sound out the words.” Somewhere in the Northwest of Spain

Camino Day 11- Ruminations from a Soulful observer- Fromista- Calzuela de la Cuenca. 25 miles

I was browsing the small book store in Penn Station in New York City while waiting for my evening train to take me to my home to Long Island.  I perused the David Foster Wallace book I have never been able to get past the first 50 pages of-Infinite Jest.  A family friend, 10 years my… Read More Camino Day 11- Ruminations from a Soulful observer- Fromista- Calzuela de la Cuenca. 25 miles