Finding heaven in the New Hampshire Woods
A writer's magical stay at The MacDowell Colony, America's first and most celebrated artists' residency. An intimate peek into the soul of an author rediscovering his craft.
"The MacDowell Colony’s secret formula ... its most potent ingredients have to include a quiet rustic setting among tall trees and fields where deer munch the grass; a sparse cluster of studios where folks can find true, protected solitude; a staff that values the tradition of the place; and a selection process that puts you in a roiling pack of multi-disciplinary achievers who test your ability to keep pace with them."
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About the Author
In college and after, I trained and worked as a journalist. In 1976 I jumped tracks and became a civil litigation lawyer.
I closed the firm’s office after my son became paralyzed in 1998. Jeff is still paralyzed, but he needs more than 16 terabytes of drive space to hold a portion of his smarts. His sister Sarah is in New York, rocking a vivacious urban lifestyle I couldn’t survive.
I’m a Vietnam veteran (Army-trained Vietnamese interpreter); and I also spent time as a freelance correspondent embedded with Army soldiers performing missions in Iraq.
In recent years I have written comic stuff almost exclusively. Things being the way they are now, I need humor more than I need oxygen. As an author I have to read my own drafts over and over, and I want to be smiling every time. Let someone else corner the market on grim. Let someone else sear your soul or boil your hormones. I want you to take a chuckling ride on a literary race track that’s as slick as oiled ice.
I was motivated to rev up my book-writing engine again while I was a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony. When God decides to rebuild heaven, he (or she) will use The MacDowell Colony as the template.
I currently divide my time between writing, practicing law, deconstructing wheelchairs and messing with websites. I also have a small sailboat, and often boast that I have never run it hard aground more than twice in one day.