A Poem About a Huge Toad

So...I've never posted any poetry on this blog before. But before I turned to nonfiction and, more recently, fiction, I wrote a ton of poetry. Animals are one of my primary subjects since they seem so immune to the stressors that plague humans. I figure every now and then I'll post one of my shorter … Continue reading A Poem About a Huge Toad

The Most Expensive Cat Ever—And Why That’s Okay

  Periodically, my friends ask me to tell one particularly embarrassing story—usually when the wine is flowing and they want a good laugh. I figure I’ll share it here: Doing so both exposes me as a bleeding-heart animal lover and states a very serious moral position. About 13 years ago, our 20-year-old rescue cat, Phoebe, … Continue reading The Most Expensive Cat Ever—And Why That’s Okay

No, Honey, You Can’t Have a Lizard

When I was a kid, my father and I drove up to the mountains west of Denver for the day. On the way back, we stopped in the town of Dillon for some ice cream. There’s a lake by the highway there and, after eating my ice cream, I wandered around the water’s edge looking … Continue reading No, Honey, You Can’t Have a Lizard