writing and reading


Here's my list of fifteen all-time favorite books, in no particular order:
  • At Swim, Two Boys (Jamie O'Neil)
  • The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
  • Dream Boy (Jim Grimsley)
  • East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  • The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
  • Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
  • Night (Elie Wiesel)
  • Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow)
  • Trinity (Leon Uris)
  • Shibumi (Trevanian)
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
  • The Invisible Bridge (Julie Orringer)
  • Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)


I'm an occasional blogger. I have a general-interest blog called Lane Speaking and I have a general travel blog called Going Places.

holiday letters

1996 was a momentous year for me. I reached a significant milestone age, but that wasn't even the most significant event of the year. In 1996, I left my career as a choral conductor/educator behind me, and I entered the high tech world.

In order to catch up all my friends with the big change in my life, I wrote a holiday letter that year. I'd never written one before. In fact, I'd pretty much eschewed them, fearful of falling into the trap of chronicling a boring year for a bored audience.

But I made up my mind to do it in a way that would entertain, and people seemed to enjoy it, so it sort of turned into a tradition. In fact, over the years, people have told me that they actually look forward to my holiday letter. Each year, it gets harder and harder to come up with a new theme, but I enjoy the challenge.

Anyway, click the links below to catch up with my life since 1996.

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