Monday, July 10, 2017

Edible Nutmeg Summer Issue

The new Edible Nutmeg Summer issue has been released.  They are distributed throughout Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven Counties (CT).

To read the article, please go to:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

In my role as pinch-hitter . . .

Humor or Beauty? Or Maybe Just Awkward and Peculiar – A Guest Post from Tom Lagasse

Hello, friends! Over the next few weeks, I am away for my wedding and honeymoon, so I’ve invited some of my favorite writers to keep you entertained in my absence! Enjoy!! 

When Emelie asked if I would post on her blog while she and 
Fiancé Husband were on their honeymoon in Scotland (re-enacting scenes from Braveheart?  Searching for Nessie?), I asked if 

to read more . . .

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Published Today!

Here is a recent essay published in the Faith, Hope, and Fiction website (  The photo is from the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Thank you to Tricia!  Happy 4th!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Staff Pick For June

The Teeth of the Comb

This was my staff pick for this month.  No, it is not Father's Day related for those last minute shoppers.  

Perhaps this selection is ironic that a bald guy would be drawn to a story about a comb.  But, I was and am glad for it.

Osama Alomar is a Syrian writer who lives in the United States.   The translator, CJ Collins, is now a librarian in Vermont.  

If you'd like to read what I had to say about it, please go to The Hickory Stick Bookshop's website

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Acting Debut?!!!

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 5:30, I will be making my acting debut as Gabriel in Dennis Buell's one act play Forgotten.

Dennis is a student at UConn and this is a one-act play he wrote in Davyne Verstandig's class.

Davyne recruited Dimitri Rimsky and me to play two soldiers.  We may be the oldest soldiers on record.

Dennis's play is a thoughtful examination of war, religion, and human existence.

The reading will be at:

Judy Black Memorial Gardens
Washington Depot, CT
Saturday, June 10, 2017
5:30 pm

Please support a new writing voice and the arts!

Summer Recommendation

Despite the weather in Connecticut, the unofficial start of summer is this weekend!

When Emelie ( asked me yesterday to provide a book pick for the summer, I eschewed the typical beach read.  Instead, I opted for Krista Tippett's book "Becoming Wise:  An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.  My thoughts are below.    In addition to Krista's book,  listen to her weekly On Being podcast (!  

Here are the Hickory Stick Bookshop's Staff Picks for Summer!   For more information about the store and the great happenings this summer, please visit

Say hello to Summer with some of our favorite Staff Recommendations

Many of us dream of selling everything to travel the world and make it a better place. Kim Dinan actually did the leg work. The Yellow Envelope is an incredibly inspirational travel memoir, following Dinan through rough terrains, both geographically and emotionally. Ultimately it is a story about discovering what it truly means to be generous, not just with your money and your resources, but with yourself, as well. I loved this book. -Emelie

Imagine Maria Semple, Jeanette Walls and Alexandra Fuller all knocking heads to create an eccentric, quirky and utterly charming tale of a ten year old protangonist dealing with the loss of her mother.  And, her name is Elvis.
Annie Hartnett conveys bittersweet/hilarious moments with a southern twang.
Love this book. -PAM

Celine is a PI specializing in missing persons and is more successful at it than the FBI. This aging investigator is tenacious, tough, smart, and wise. When Celine is asked to investigate the suspicious death of a young woman's father, however, she and her partner Pete embark on a journey that is as unexpected as their discovery. -Pat

Who can't use a little wisdom? If you're familiar with Krista Tippett's
On Being podcast, you really should read Becoming Wise. It spans across the arts and sciences to challenge the reader to live more deeply. -Tom