The impotence of general outrage

Raise your hand if this has happened to you. Scrolling through the social media of your choice, you come upon a friend who DECLAIMS LOUDLY ABOUT THE HORROR OF [insert person/event/social media phenomena]. The… Continue reading

Born To Run

I discovered the music of Bruce Springsteen late. I had a dim awareness of the album that changed everything – Born To Run – while in junior high. And my prep school roommate… Continue reading

Noa 3: The Island of Misfit Toys

This article originally appeared in The Broad Street Review and was edited by Wendy Rosenfield. As a parent, I am a bystander for my children’s astonishing creative journeys. My older son, Griffen, teaches at and directs… Continue reading

Noa 2

I am sitting in my home, listening to Rickie Lee Jones’ magical and haunting piece called Traces of the Western Slopes from what is arguably her greatest album, Pirates. Take me now From the… Continue reading

Noa

It’s a chilly night and I am sitting next to my son in a large room in a Unitarian church. Noa is displaying his traditional signs of minor anxiety: rapid scanning of his… Continue reading

Nothing matters (but winning).

Recently, a political reporter was giving an account of following the Trump campaign. The topic being discussed was the difficulty of reporting on the lies and falsehoods that candidate has espoused. “It’s not… Continue reading

Janna Kane, P.T. Barnum, Fox and me.

“Ben Lloyd is part George Fox and part P.T. Barnum.” That’s how someone described me, or how someone said someone else described me. I like it. Years before I heard that I named… Continue reading

Gibran’s trees

Traveller now you can stop counting how many shelters that fell homes that were not yours hands that pushed. Feel no shame traveller for your journey (which continues) for the dark hollows you… Continue reading