In 30-plus years as a journalist, I’ve written for a variety of newspapers and magazines to include The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Runner’s World, Parents, Equus, Ladies’ Home Journal and Family Circle. 

More than a few of my articles have won awards, to include this profile of Tom Brady’s trainer, which took first place, sports writing, in the 2020 Top of the Rockies newspaper competition and first place, sports feature, in the Society for Features Journalism 2020 Excellence in Features contest. 

In 2021, these three essays together took first place in the category of personal column/humor writing in the Top of the Rockies competition, which includes newspapers in four states (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico):

The Socialist at the Dinner Table

The Rise and Fall of the Public Intellectual

The Optics of Billionaires in Space

Below are a few other random pieces that didn’t win any awards, but I like them anyway.

How to hack Daylight Saving Time and gain 7 hours each week

When your daughters hate horses

The Jennifers are dying

On Halloween tramps

Mother’s Day after divorce:  It’s toast

Tails out of Bethlehem

First, we kill all the leprechauns

My son, the Walzing Nazi


She died of liposuction, and nobody knows

OMG, the new blasphemy

When your car is your home

Party like it’s 1849

The redemption of Mark Sanford

The grass ceiling

Why Secretariat still matters