ESSAYS

The first cold wind of autumn rushes along the sidewalks of Main Street, and it carries with it the bitter sting of loneliness. But no one is there to notice.

It is 2:05 a.m., and save for the few scraps of litter fluttering along the curbside, the street is virtually empty.

There is just me and the sound of a westbound car on Alfred Street.  Read More

 Jesus, it has been 30 years but it seems like yesterday.

August 10, 1983, a date I will never forget and a date that has shaped my life more than any other since my birth.

It was a Wednesday and it was hot. Hot and incredibly humid. Dog Day Afternoon hot.

I was 19 years old and about to experience something I would never forget. Read More

To truly appreciate the origin of this story, and why we actually thought we would be guests on the David Letterman Show, it is important to understand exactly how drunk we were on that late September evening.

We are talking about some serious alcohol, boys and girls.

We were hammered. We were plowed.  We were shitfaced, stone-cold, blathering, barely-could-walk drunk.

It was 1986, and I had just discovered the literary genius of Hunter S. Thompson.  I was a quarter century behind, so I had some serious catching up to do.

Jackson wasn’t in much better shape. We weaved our way along Spring Street in Portland through the pre-dawn darkness, headed toward our rat-hole apartment on the lunatic edge of the West End.  Read More

It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend of camping. I should know better than to include the word “relaxing” when talking about a camping trip with the kids and Laura, who — by the way — requires a minimum of 47 hours of sleep between Friday and Sunday. Read More

Why do some people refuse to address their own or a loved-one’s mental health issues?

Well, do you remember the 1978 movie Superman? Do you remember what happened to its leading stars?

Superman was a cheesy adaptation of the famous comic book hero and television show, but its cast was stunning.

Some of Hollywood’s most enduring and iconic figures were featured in that film, including Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine and Margot Kidder. Read More

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