New Poetry Book: Totally Disconnected

Okay, I’m very excited … my first (and most likely last) book of poetry, “Totally Disconnected,” has just been published. With the fabulous help of my sister and her company Rosalind Press, my poetry is now available in physical form. Here’s the blurb:   “We live in an age of disconnection: from our primal animal selves; from the planet we live on and are actively destroying; from relationships with others, whether family, friends, colleagues or leaders. The searing pain of living in this sacred and singular world at this time of collapse and disintegration requires us to focus beyond the crushing noise of civilization. The place Eliot’s poetry inhabits is one that rejects solace. At their core, the poems you will find in Totally Disconnected are unsettled examinations of terrifying wounds.”   It’s available on amazon, here:  

My second “perfect game” at

My current account at LiChess is “DoomerDiaries.” According to the computer analysis feature there, I just played a perfect game. In years of having computers analyze my games, this is only the second perfect game I’ve ever played. Given how complicated the position was at times, this is 100% just dumb luck. BTW, “perfect” means I didn’t make any moves the computer thinks sucked. It does not mean I always played the best move. Here is the game:

A Game of Chess

Against a not-particularly strong opponent, I managed to play a mistake-free game (according to computer analysis.) My first clean game. My moniker on LiChess is “Happy_Puppy.”

Three of Us Playing Tunes

For 3 years I played alongside two fine Irish musicians, Nick (flute) and Allison (fiddle) Buckmelter, in a weekly gig at Dargan’s in Ventura, CA.  Sadly, we never captured video during this time.  But, one day a patron recorded audio of our gig.  This video is a set of tunes from that gig.  

Cardinal Open, 1988

This video is round one of the 1988 Cardinal Open Chess Tournament, which took place in Columbus Ohio, in January, 1988. I have identified a few of the titled players to the best of my memory.