About five months ago I met a puppy when he was four weeks old. I’d been looking for a dog as a help for a little bent I have toward depression and anxiety, but the shelters were a challenge with COVID, and the rescues were as well. A friend had…


Sometimes when I’m meditating a line will come up, and if I follow it, it starts a poem. If I’m smart, I stop what I’m doing and write it down. If I’m not, which is more usual, I think I’ll remember it later. I never do. It’s like a dream…


I’ve had a couple of blogs through the years, and trying to figure out a way to save all the writing — easier said than done — but I found a few poems and posts I thought I’d copy here, just to have in this space.

#1

I never know…


The Rite of Spring (Joffrey Ballet)

I didn’t blink the first time I watched the Joffrey Ballet reconstruction of the Rite of Spring. I was so struck I remember what the room looked like, it was a small room where we held seminars in college — the blue upholstered university chairs, the cart with the television…


Edvard Munch — The Shriek

The pandemic has stretched all of us in unexpected ways. We’ve broken old habits, realized it was time to get out of a relationship, or perhaps time to get in one, gained a good twenty pounds. I started watching horror movies.

I’m a lifelong, avowed scaredy-cat. I’m fine with it…


I’ve been thinking a lot about paradox lately, particularly the paradox of fear. How it works is this: I fear something, and my actions to avoid it bring about the particular thing I’m fearful of. I drink, I think I am avoiding loneliness and depression, only to realize the substance…


I’m flummoxed by poetry in some ways, but lines appear every once in a while. I texted a poet friend who said, “Why do these lines come to us?!”

It’s probably like a song, but a fragment of something you’ve never heard before. They’re usually pure emotion or feeling, sentiment…


An abridged version of this essay appeared in Salon. https://www.salon.com/2019/12/24/handsy-moms-porsche-demanding-kids-a-santa-for-hires-christmas-in-los-angeles/

You may think Santa doesn’t exist, but he does. I know, because I played him. A couple of years ago, in a moment of panic, I agreed to work as Santa. This was a little over a year after I’d…


Rootlessness

Friends of mine posted a link to a New Yorker article about Breaking Bad recently. I met my dearest lifelong friends, who are family now, whom I can’t imagine not in my life, in Albuquerque in high school. …


I wrote this in 2017, and didn’t realize I hadn’t shared it, but not much has changed..

I bought some cherries at the farmer’s market on Sunday. I looked around, since the ones I saw were expensive: $8 for a large pint. It seemed that they cost less last year…

Brad Griffith

Writer/Actor living in Los Angeles imdb.me/bradgriffith

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