I’m a writer of personal essays about being a father, a son and a human.
I’m a late-in-life writer. I just never got the inclination to write until my son was taken to prison and wham, I started writing. First only letters to him, but then the inspiration spilled over into other topics. So now I’m a writer of personal essays and opinion pieces. And I’m starting to share my work with the world.
Over almost three years, I wrote letters to my son in prison. It changed my life in the most unexpected way, and his too. I hope one day they will find a home in a book I’m working on called, “Letters to my Son in Prison, Dear Lucas”.
And yes, I’ve been published. I co-authored a business book: “Beyond the 401(k)”. It’s actually sold thousands of copies and people have reported that they read it and even liked it. This is my day job: designing pension plans for companies. Check it out at CashBalanceDesign.com
I have been married for almost forty years, have three sons and a dog named Mumford. Yes, the coolest dog-name ever, and you guessed it, he has his own Instagram account.
ESSAYS IN PROGRESS
What do you list on your site when you’re just starting out? Nothing? Sure, I could do that. Or works in progress, which at least give you a feel for my writing. I choose the latter, so here you go.
Letters to my Son in Prison, Dear Lucas
Worlds apart, we had only letters. They became our salvation.
A ward of the state following ten years of drug-induced estrangement, I only had letters with which to reach my son. I had nothing to lose so I spoke my mind, got real and opened up on the page. I did. I probably overshared and was more transparent than I should have been, but I was in pain also. I was the failed parent of the prisoner. I, too, had lost my way. So I wrote letters and we found our way from disaffection to affection, through letters to each other.
What I Wish I’d Said
If I had known they’d be my last words to my father, I would have said so much more.
I had a chance. I had a moment with my dad mere hours before he died, when he grabbed me by the shoulders and forced me to look at him. He spoke his mind and I had a chance to speak mine. I so wish I’d said more.
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