Ask a Question #5 – What would you (Ben) want people to know is a special skill you possess?

My first inclination was to say (not even trying to be faux humble) that I don’t feel that I have one particular skill or trait that would qualify as special. Maybe in the high end of regular, but not so much to be distinct from its less skilled peers. Mainly because anything I engage in … Read more Ask a Question #5 – What would you (Ben) want people to know is a special skill you possess?


Ask a Question #4 – What are your top three favorite cities?

My answer changes daily on this. Today, in celebration of summers past and international voyages in those years to South Africa (2015), Norway (2018) and Spain (2019) my choices will be distinctly non domestic. The list: (1) Barcelona. From the time we drove into Barcelona I knew I’d been there before in some other incarnation. … Read more Ask a Question #4 – What are your top three favorite cities?


Ask a Question #3 – What is the opposite rundown?

I wish you would have asked me in May, I think I would have been more qualified (certainly more talkative) about it then. I haven’t given it as much thought lately, partly, I suspect, because I am afraid to give it much oxygen lest it turn into the fire of its potential. But mostly I … Read more Ask a Question #3 – What is the opposite rundown?


Ask a Question #2 – What is the Best Album of 2020?

What is the best album of 2020? This has been an unusual year, unpredictable, and often uncomfortable. To that end, I think it’s important for us to find moments of serenity and inspiration. For me, a big dose of that was delivered with the February release of Erica Freas‘ album Young. There’s a lot of … Read more Ask a Question #2 – What is the Best Album of 2020?


Ask a Question #1 – Is it possible to love the unloved?

Thanks for the question. Here’s my initial answer — I don’t know that I’ve ever met somebody who is entirely unloved. But let’s say I am wrong and that somewhere in the world there is one person who is entirely unloved. And let’s say that I was sent to investigate this person to find out … Read more Ask a Question #1 – Is it possible to love the unloved?