creator - storyteller - explorer
The Short Story
I’ve always been a storyteller. In second grade I asked Santa for a typewriter. Luckily the jolly old guy came through. I miss the clack-clack-ding of typewriters, and after decades of writing in a multitude of fields and genres, I still bang away at the keyboard with two fingers.
No matter the style or medium, I create stories that reflect and celebrate our common humanity. And perhaps add a little something to the human experience. Moments of wonder exist all around us; I try to keep my eyes open to them. I do stop to smell flowers along a roadside; there might be a story in it -- or at least a small moment of joy. For me, work and life are guided by my mantra...
explore discover share enlighten empower inspire
The greatest story I will ever share is one I also have the absolute joy of living. When I decided on a whim to mentor a teenager in a South African settlement, I thought it might change his life a bit. I never imagined how much it would change mine. Despite being from very different worlds, Mtuseni and I have developed a deep father-son bond. We are a global family for the 21st century.
A Long-Distance Dad book project is now being offered to agents for consideration. Like a traditional family, our engaging story is rich with humor, emotion, and conflict. Photos, text messages, and screen captures help readers experience the wonder, challenges, and rewards of parenting a teenager who is 8000 miles away. As Mtuseni and I share everything from his first glimpse of the ocean to the sudden death of a family member, together we learn invaluable lessons about life and love. Agent and publisher inquiries are welcome.
A surprise greeting from Mtuseni on a hot New Years Day in the cinderblock and tin roof shack. Best. Gift. Ever.
A sample of other stories in various formats.
I went to college for video and TV production in the days of 3/4 inch tape cameras and clunky editing consoles. I'm excited to return to video storytelling. The sample videos are just play for now. I'm looking to tell super-short video stories of people doing meaningful things to make a positive difference in our world ... on any scale. Does that describe you or someone you know? Connect with me!
Back on Beacon Place
A quick project for a workshop on making iPhone documentaries. Not bad for an hour's work! A return to my old college neighborhood... when I was studying video. It's the circle of life!
First video frame is black, but it's there. Click play!
Films & Publications
Inspiration – 15-minute 35mm film, 2009 (screenwriter, producer)
“Inspiration” – Literal Latte, New York: 1998 (author)
“Mrs. Turley's Roses” – Evergreen Chronicles, Minneapolis: 1994 (author)
In the Snake Online Anthology, Fiction Competition -- Grand Prize 2011
Massachusetts Cultural Council New Theater Fellowships -- Finalist 2003
Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, Screenwriting Fellowships -- Semifinalist 2003, 2001
Austin Film Festival, Screenwriting Competition -- Second Round 2001
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards -- Quarter-finalist 2002
New York Anti-Defamation League -- Dore Schary Award for Human Relations Filmmaking