II think therefore I write. I write intending to think.
But not out of the box. I am out of the box, always have been,
yet not always where I need to be.
Though I have always written, I became a writer once I made it my mission to climb into the boxes of others and help with their stuff; peek in the corners and deepen their space; make room for new and perhaps more inventive possibilities; augment them from other sources or introduce new boxes.
Boxes are our worlds; and more likely places we have no reason to escape. They provide the parameters and boundaries we need to navigate and stay focused on our priorities to live freely and work more creatively with what we enjoy and do best.
Think out of the box and we are awash; like a loose balloon hissing and dissipating into the ether. Bring it back to the box
I am deeply grateful for my publishers, editors and fellow writers along my way who saw enough to have joined me in my boxes to share their experience, sage advice and valuable tools.
My 30-plus years as a writer and editor in magazine publishing is extensive and varied. This select sampling of articles and columns illuminates the wide range of subject areas and topics I have covered and features only a very few of the people and organizations I have engaged and had the privilege to know and work with.
I hope my articles and columns reflect the tremendous pleasure I take in helping others tell their stories.
Through my writing I get closer to the visual artist I couldn't become; more of the jazz musician I wish I were.
I find the themes and trains of thought; get a feel for their structure, progressions and flow; then turn my riffs and phrases with an economy of words to deliver a solo worth reading; and always with due respect for the story at hand.
It's their song; I am the arranger.
My remembrances of Bill Luke; a life well played beginning to end from 1924 to 2022
Family and home drive workplace safety in Pacific Western Transportation Group of Companies
Refined coach service is a vital lifeline for the Hamptons and eastern Long Island
Family values have melded slowly and surely with corporate necessity and practicality
L.A. Gang Tours reveal the grim realities and bring hope to war-torn South Los Angeles
The Spanish bus builder enjoys early sales and earns recognition in North America
Monterey-Salinas Transit BRT wraps its first five-year plan with the Monterey Jazz Festival
Creative financing and eventual collapse circles back to bite five years later
Jean Moriki had been waiting years for the new Champion LF Transport™.
American Indian reservations rely on timely motorcoach transportation
Mark Aesch laid a plan to fight his own Mordor and restore reason
North American transit leaders discuss viable applications and solutions for Bus Rapid Transit
Coach and Transit Technology
His calculations and algorithm tackles transit scheduling to eliminate slack time and delays
Magnus Mills' brilliant, clever and perhaps a bit warped assessment of the front office
UTB offers exclusive IT solutions for the bus and coach industry
Columns and Editorials
Robert M. Pirsig and Joel Levitt impart the philosophy of the mechanic
Margean Gladysz remembers her years as a company rat
Larry Zepp finds an elegant solution for small bus aftermarket hybrid system
How ubiquitous bus plunges served newspaper editors as macabre column space fillers
Colonel Chris Hadfield’s memoir speaks easily to the heart and soul of safety and maintenance.
Paul Hughes was an artist behind the wheel; Ralph Moore carries on his legacy
These cool and confident unsung beauties out of the limelight merit their moment of fame
Westin opens the Kintyre Course and a new experience awaits in Ayshire, Scotland
The Golden Bear adds ElDorado at Cabo Real to the Baja experience
Kelowna entices its American neighbors with golf, wine and genuine friendship
A return visit may be about second chances; getting even with a hole or two
There is no term for golf in the Hawaiian parlance, but a few words in the native tongue come close
Recalling a visit with the Father of the Phoenix Open; a solemn fanfare for a festive occasion
A pioneer on the PGA Tour and now winking at 90 years, Bulla looks back
Now settled in Arizona, the country music icon finds peace and room for more golf
Travel and Lifestyle
Japanese gardens steeped in Zen Buddhism invite serenity and clarity
Arizona turns 100 February 14, 2012; the Centennial Anniversary Celebration begins now
The New York City Cultural Collection invites motorcoach tours to its iconic venues
It’s wheels up and up and away for this crowd; getting to a higher place
Car enthusiasts and racing fans come to Phoenix to quell their need for speed
Major League Baseball Fantasy Camps offer a real-life pro baller experience
Art and Music
Rosebell Shurz dreamed of a music academy for children and awoke in Rosie's House
Joe Corral Grooves Higher in both worlds; launches his first CD with friends
NOTE: This was my first-ever published magazine article which appeared in School Arts Magazine