My name is James. I am a former Army officer and a free spirit, two forces at constant odds with one another (freedom won!). I am a son, a brother, a friend, a poet of sorts, a philosopher, a rebel, a lover of life and nature possessed of a gypsy’s soul. After 8 years in uniform (in which I’ve fought most fervently to keep my passions alive), I am at the cusp of a new life and brimming with excitement for the world to come.

This is my medium for sharing my inspirations, aspirations, meditations, and joys as I transition out of uniform, on to the Appalachian Trail, and onward to whatever follows. The road goes ever on and on… and it is awesome.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. James, you prompted me to dig out some good ol’ Kierkegaard over the weekend. I enjoy your writing style, and this comes to mind:
    “What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.” (I can’t vouch for the quality of the translation).


    • Todd,

      That is such a beautiful quote. One of the poems I long identified with is Langston Hughes’ Minstrel Man – Because my eyes are wide with laughter / and my throat is deep with song / you do not know I suffer / After I have held my pain so long?

      Anyway, I’ve gotten over that, but Kirkegaard’s sentiment rings true. Perhaps that’s the luck of the Irish – to be Irish is to know that, in the end, the world will break your heart. But goddam if I won’t celebrate the profound beauty of this messy existence. Thanks for the note – and thanks for reading! I really do appreciate it.


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