Story Story Night

Story Story Night

I’m a two-time featured storyteller at Story Story Night (Boise’s version of The Moth). This is live storytelling, on stage and without notes. It’s terrifying and exhilarating. A great venue if you really feel the need to share, with hundreds of strangers, the story of that time you crapped your pants in the middle of a dinner party. Wait. Is that just me?

Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles

Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles

I’m excited about all of the usual suspects associated with Thailand. When we gear up for the trip, it’s important to study the culture and etiquette, and to try to communicate these things to our children. Here are 9 things I’ve learned so far about heading to the Land of a Thousand Smiles:

Making the Finals

Making the Finals

Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you.

The Wide World of Travel Writing

The Wide World of Travel Writing

When you think of travel writing, your mind might go to books by Bill Bryson. (Also, I love Bill Bryson). There are many other manifestations of travel writing that lend themselves to beginners. Here are a few.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My daughters have no trepidation about referencing my death. I might play a role in this behavior. Captain Fantastic is one of our favorite movies.

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

When I was twenty years old, I had the opportunity to fish in Alaska. Up to that point in my life, the idea of fishing conjured up images of standing lakeside with a fishing pole and a cup of worms at my feet, or middle-aged men in a lazy boat on calm water, drinking beer and chatting under hats speckled with fishing lures.

The Glasgow Patter

The Glasgow Patter

The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few decades to place traffic cones on his head. Glaswegians (or “Weegies”) find this amusing, though the practice is apparently irksome to police and city officials.

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you.