Ask a Question #8- What is the grossest thing you’ve eaten in the last year?

Skittleburst pie. What’s Skittleburst Pie? It’s something my niece and I invented for Thanksgiving dinner but only I was stupid enough to try it. Basically it was melted Starburst and Skittles inside a pie crust. If I was going to make a comparable product currently on grocery shelves, I’d explain it like this. “Skittleburst Pie … Read more Ask a Question #8- What is the grossest thing you’ve eaten in the last year?


Say a Prayer #1 – Sides and Rules and Let Go Let Go Let Go

I don’t know if fighting remains the best tactic for surviving. It’s almost implicit that engaging in fighting acknowledges the idea of sides and rules. But at this point where we are now with our swords held high, it’s only kinetic energy and ungrounded plugs. Everything is a shock to the system. Everything is a … Read more Say a Prayer #1 – Sides and Rules and Let Go Let Go Let Go


Ask a Question #7 – If you were going to get a tattoo of song lyrics, what would it be?

I’ve fallen in love with enough song lyrics that if I indulged this (instead of just talking about it), I’d only be ink and blood at this point. I’ve got a short list of songs that whenever they come on if somebody else is in the room with me I’ll say, “Some day I might … Read more Ask a Question #7 – If you were going to get a tattoo of song lyrics, what would it be?


Ask a Question #6 – has there been anything good about 2020?

It’s definitely been a tough year on multiple fronts for just about everybody. When things stabilize into whatever new normal we get to, I’m pretty sure we’re going to need something like AmeriCorps to head out into every neighborhood and do trauma/mental health work. We’ve got the new traumas, but below them, we’ve also got … Read more Ask a Question #6 – has there been anything good about 2020?


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 #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?