About me

Unemployed, too young for Medicare too old for anyone else to care; too rich for Medicaid, too poor to travel; I attempt gardening, hiking, biking, birding, canoeing, kayaking, and getting out of bed in the morning.

I  have not watched TV regularly since 2006. (I also don’t own a microwave.) And, I have not read a newspaper since about 2004.

I’ve lived in (from North to South) New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida; moved a lot.

My other website is a much more sophisticated and intellectual gardening site: www.emilycompost.com.

A few essays

Health Care:
Breast Cancer vs The Tornado – If it bleeds, it leads.
Breast Cancer Prevention – Prevention or Cure?
Breast Cancer Happiness – My take on “Pinkwashing”
(Im)Patient Registration – the most annoying part of the health care system?
Patient Names – who cares?
Health Insurance Bills – figure them out?
Nursing Home Noise – all quiet at the nursing home?
Remote Elder Care – Internet monitoring of nursing home.

Other Topics:
Thoreau and the Three Seasons on Cape Cod – What he really thought.
The Most Scenic Drive in America – Believe it!!
Pumpkin Pie Recipe Poem – a recipe in a poem format. In time for the holidays!
Character Building in the Keys – take our course for retirees. Change your life!
Twelve Reasons to Shop at a Flea Market – (like you needed twelve reasons).
The Bus to Key West – what, me worry?
Elderly Man Found Frozen – Winter in the South

Poetry – (click on my poetry page)

Dirt – a series of essays on a gardening project.

Camino Quest – is a fictional account of my 2010 hike on the Camino Frances.

Links to other pages with my writing:

Two other websites have had the good taste to publish my poems. Boomer Cafe focuses on baby boomers with active, youthful lifestyles (here). The Society of Classical Poets has also published some of my poetry (here).

Brevity magazine has published an essay of mine, “Abandoned.”

Boomer Magazine has published an essay about boating on the James River.

Another thing. I have a poetry site written in the voice of children: Wretched Rhymes of young Whippersnappers. Visit anytime.