Greens of Old Hunterdon

Assembling some scans of documents in preparation for a book I am writing on the Green Family of Hunterdon. This one is a statement from John Burroughs explaining the extent of William Richard Green’s service in the Hunterdon Militia. He is buried in Ewing Churchyard. Many places are mentioned, but most notably he helped cross Washington’s troops across the Delaware to escape Cornwallis. Indeed, he was there for all four crossings of The Battle of Trenton and at the battle itself, as were all of the Hunterdon militiamen. He also assisted in both crossings of the French army when they captured Cornwallis, and also at The Battle of Monmouth. William Richard owned the farm on West Upper Ferry that is now best known for the restaurant Blooming Grove.


March is Nearly Over

Hi All,

It’s been a busy month. Many gigs. One more weekend of them to go.

Here’s a couple of pics.

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In between all of the gigs, work continues on my short story collection, Clattering, and also on a commissioned historic preservation work. See below for the working cover.

All the Best,




Happy March

Hi All. It’s been a busy one so far, even with all of the bad weather we’ve been seeing. The photo below is from this past Saturday at Bill’s Olde Tavern in Hamilton. Three awesome operatic singers out for a bit o’ fun! We’ll be back there on St. Patrick’s Day from Noon until 2pm so please stop in.

Bill's old tavern March 10 2018

Make Room for Poetry


Our teacher group from the spring 2009 poetry sessions I offered at Rider University for the National Writing Project.

My friend and colleague, Dodge poet Doughtry Long, is seated to the far left.

Recording Session

Last Saturday night Kaitlin, Chris, Andrew, and I  spent a few hours in the recording studio laying down audio tracks for the Comma Music, a Chicago-based music library company. It was fun. We recorded instrumental tunes—jigs, reels, & hornpipes. To learn more about Comma Music, visit their website.

Update March 2: The tunes we recorded for Comma Music Library or now loaded to their site. Go here and filter for Public Domain. We’re the selections directly above Mozart. If you click the top one, the rest will auto feed.


Planning a Short Story

While working on revisions to a short story, I came across this graphic organizer used in my classroom to plan said story. The first draft was written in the classroom as a n example for the students. I expect to include the finished selection in an upcoming collection of short stories based on folk songs.


Remembering Pearl Harbor


My former band, orchestra, and French Horn instructor, the late Lloyd Snyder. He was stoic as a rule, but one December day he brought his US Navy horn in to show me during our private lesson. It went down with his ship at Pearl Harbor and to all appearances had been underwater for centuries.