That Kind of Fat


Butter in a pat,

cream in a vat,

leave a dent in the mat where you sat kind of fat.


No ankle or wrists,

break the teeth when you zip,

will the jeans ever fit on those hips kind of fat.



The Power of No

“Dubsie, do you want to play in the snow?” “No!”

Each morning I feed Dubsie her standard breakfast of steel-cut oats, half a mashed banana, a dollop of whole organic milk and — here’s the kicker — a whole hard-boiled egg, shredded into little bits.

Most observers are not fond of this recipe. (“Gruel?” […]


Finding Yourself in a Baby’s Face

The eyes were her mothers’, that was the first thing we knew. Home from the maternity ward I peered into Dubsie’s unfocused peepers and fancied that I saw a hint of blue, a sign of my Northman’s banner carried forward, but no, that was wishful thinking. Those eyes resolved into a profound brown and brown […]


Playing in the Sandbox with My Daughter

Dubsie dearest. Photo by Vita Images.

Because the years are short, because the Year is New, because my daughter Dubsie is 20 months old and growing and morphing faster than a busy father can take note, I resolve to blog about her, every week, during the year of two thousand fifteen.

We climbed the […]


Photo Essay: What I Stumbled Upon in India

Your correspondent has returned from India and is infused with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the simple things that America provides that India does not, like tap water fit for drinking, a lack of shame around eating meat, and the opportunity to let my malaria meds expire. But what I am grateful for above […]


What’s Up with Rooftop Farming in NYC?

In the current issue of Sierra magazine you’ll find “Up on the Farm,” a story I wrote about New York City’s newest growth industry: rooftop farming. The placement of greenhouses and dirt plots on top of office buildings has garnered almost universal praise — I mean, how much more local can you get? — but […]


Calling on Coding Superpowers

Two weeks ago I took a course called Code with Me, designed to help journalists break through their instinctive fear of computer code. During the two-day course, the leaders walked me and several dozen other journalists through markup languages of HTML and CSS and the coding languages of JavaScript and jQuery. […]


File It in the “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Department

Today I posted on Forbes about a simple, brilliant — and possibly annoying — new way to do extremely targeted marketing to cyclists. […]


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Fat cats don't much like my new blog at Forbes. Photo credit: Steve Hardy

It’s been an eventful few months here in writer-land, with stories in Forbes, Sierra and Popular Mechanics. Take a look at the latest newsletter!

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Video: Best Green Roofs in New York

In August 2011, I visited New York City in search of its most interesting and attractive green roofs. Here are the best in one entertaining video slideshow. Based on research and visits, I believe the five sites captured here represent the best green roofs in New York, and by “best” I mean I the most unique, diverse and beautiful. If there is a fabulous planted roof in New York that I missed, or another unforgettable spot elsewhere in the country that deserves attention, please let me know in the comments. […]