Photo: Glen van Alkemade 2015

Through Drifting Snow

It is snowing hard. This weather brings to mind three girls for whom — or with whom — I have slogged through waist-deep drifting snow. When I was in junior high school, I lived in Wisconsin and had a crush on my friend Sheila. She lived just a few blocks away, and I would call her in…

Three Skinny White Guys

The other day I walked over to the supermarket to return a Redbox movie. Down the street I saw my friend Jimmy approaching, whom I had not seen for several months — not since we told him he shouldn’t come back to church. That was a very disappointing affair. Jimmy’s a mess: an emaciated, scrawny…

I Only Want

I was walking down Kassaveti Street in Kifissia, a northern suburb of Athens. It was different from when I had lived there in the 80’s. All was stern, bland urban architecture, bigger and more built up. The air was a bright, pale dusty yellow. The city was completely silent and deserted. I was the only living…

Angst galore.

Teen Angst Parts I-II-III

Three short videos from my 50th Birthday, about 12 minutes total. Teen Angst Part I: Meeting Mariani. A reminiscence about a good friend in high school. This introduces the main character of Part II. Teen Angst Part II: Smoking In Bed. A tasteless prank. Sets up Part III. Teen Angst Part III: Embarrassing Encounter With…