IN THENEWS
My Grandfather's Boots
History

My Grandfather's Boots

From Utah Beach and across France, I had the rare opportunity to retrace my Grandfather's journey during WW2. Additionally, with the help of Frenchmen Philippe Sugg and Gerard Louis, I was able to envision his final days fighting in the Foret de Paroy and the French countryside [...]

By Michael D. Ketchum    24 October 2009
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Philosophy

On Fatherhood

I've been a tilting-at-windmills, practicing father for more than two decades now. I truly enjoy being a father, the fun AND the fumbles. I am a proud father and as father's around the world, I firmly believe MY kids are the best. They are. No, really. I wouldn't give this up for the world [...]

By Michael D. Ketchum    13 July 2014
Ordinary Man
Memorial

Ordinary Man

Henry David Thoreau described my father to a "T" when he said, "Hero's are often the most ordinary of men". We miss you, Dad! [...]

By Michael D. Ketchum, 10 August 2014

Reading List

more good reads....
The River Why by David James Duncan
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The River Why
by David James Duncan

Lamb
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Lamb
by Christopher Moore

image by Brecht Vandenbroucke
Health

The "Busy" Trap

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: "Busy!" "So busy." "Crazy busy." It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: "That’s a good problem to have," or "Better than the opposite." [...]

By Tim Kreideramaah  |  30 June 2012
What's So Funny?
Philosophy

What's So Funny?

There is, in short, far too much written on the subject of laughter for any one person to master; nor, frankly, would it be worthwhile to try. Confronted with the product of centuries of analysis and investigation, one is tempting to suggest that it is not so much laughter that defines the human species, as Aristotle is supposed to have claimed, but rather the drive to debate and theorize laughter. [...]

By Mary Beard  |  14 July 2014

Galleries

Beulah Truck

Photography

Beulah Truck

Left of Center

Collage on Paper

Left of Center

Petra Columns

Photography

Petra Columns

Folie à Plusieurs
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'" ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

About Me

Father, writer, poet, producer, director, actor, singer, guitarist, graphic designer, raconteur, excellent typist, determined, profound speaker, zero-gravity thinker, sage advisor, gruntled gourmand, website builder, skeptic, intermittently quixotic, historian, foodie...approaching all endeavors with a bit of Sprezzatura.