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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Recommendation

It's my week for a Staff Pick at The Hickory Stick Bookshop

One of the Boys (Hardcover)

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"A short but powerful novel. Told from a boy's point of view filled with love and hope, he chronicles his father's descent into addiction and its effects." -Tom
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March 2017 Indie Next List

“The intensity of this novel is such that you'll be relieved that it is not longer than its 176 powerful pages. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

If you enjoy the great outdoors and canoeing . . .

My friend DJ Kitzel is taking an epic canoe trip in June. He is planning to paddle from NY through Canada and finishing in Maine. If you're interested in his travels, he will be posting on his blog.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Post from the Blog

The above photo is my friend and co-worker Emelie.  She writes a killer blog.  I was mentioned in her latest post.  I would advise anyone who wants a good laugh to follow her!  

Surround Yourself With Brilliance

The other night my writing group held a reading at a local restaurant to honor the memory of a long-time member who recently passed away and to honor the work and life of one of the founding members who is moving away shortly. It was all very sad and very humbling, but also incredibly uplifting and joyous.
This writing group, The No Name Writing Group, has been meeting for over thirty years and is more talented than most of its members care to admit or realize. I half-joke a lot about how I’m waiting for them to realize how much of a fraud I am and kick me out. It’s not because I don’t think I’m a good writer, I think I can put words together just fine, but when I hear their work every month it’s hard not to think that I don’t belong.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Book Pick

I chose to read Mary Oliver's book Upstream because April is National Poetry Month, and I wanted to better understand Oliver as a writer.  Here is my review from The Hickory Stick Bookshop Facebook page:

"This collection of previously published essays gives insight into Oliver's way of seeing, her writing process, and the influences on them. If you're familiar with her poetry, this book is a gift. If you're hesitant about poetry, read Upstream. It will pique your interest in her other writing." -Tom
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Mary Oliver

Monday, April 3, 2017

Make Plans for Saturday . . .

April is Poetry Month.  The best of our culture is passed through the work of our passionate friends.  One of mine, Davyne Verstandig will be reading on Saturday, April 8.  After you've stopped by the Hickory Stick Book Shop, please go across the street for the reading.