Catskill Bill: A Portrait of a Fisherman

Catskill Bill with Grilse Salmon

The Catskill region is a lonely place. Maybe it wasn’t in its borscht belt heyday when young Jewish New Yorkers spent their summers in the big hotels with the hope …{read more}

When the Moon is in the Seventh House

Ricker Winsor chopping wood / image copyright Ricker Winsor

My beat up Renault pulled into the short dirt driveway of my small cape style house in Lyme, New Hampshire that March of 1970. The 60’s were over. Bob Dylan …{read more}

Riding with Sebastiano 1964

Ricker Winsor on the beach

Dawn broke gray and silent on another dreary London day. A cold March rain hit my face and drizzled down my neck as I snuck past my landlady’s apartment and …{read more}

The Wounded

Hansen278 / Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7438870@N04/1148649159/ otisarchives2 / CC BY

After the end of the last really big war, WWII, where something like sixty million people died, America had a very nice stretch of about twenty years. We were on …{read more}

Ma’s Face

Ma's Face / Ricker Winsor

I was in the first grade with the purple-faced Mrs. Reagan when my mother had the first operation on her face to remove a tumor. This wasn’t the one that …{read more}

Pelham Bay Wilding 1957

houses

“Have you ever been in combat, Ricker?” my spiritual advisor asked.

Pelham Bay Wilding

The Molotov cocktail burst against the wall shocking the quiet, suburban night with flames fifty feet …{read more}

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Students: A Play by Peter Rose

Students: A Play by Peter Rose

The living room of a student house in London. Emma sits holding a mug of tea. Robbie stands looking out of the window holding a bottle of beer. She is …{read more}

Becoming Jill Kerouac

Jill Kerouac

It all started with the word. Not THAT word. But a word — or a string of words, rather — that struck me:

As a freshly-minted English major with a …{read more}

Jenny Lynn

Jenny Lynn

Cold wind is building and ready. It is not understood the pent feelings that have suddenly surfaced after long and even further back and then along the slow moving world …{read more}

The Neighborhood

Brooklyn Bridge / via Andrew Mangum http://www.flickr.com/photos/46259360@N03/8229973262/ colorized by EmptyMirror

How did I get to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York? A good question. Maybe a loss of direction? I think so. At least there were different expectations for my …{read more}

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