Category: Hutchmoot

Beach Boys

Malcolm Gladwell did a fascinating two-part episode on memory in Season 3 of his Revisionist History podcast. He began with memories of 9/11 and how, if you ask someone today where they were and what they were doing, they can recount precise details of… Continue Reading “Beach Boys”


I really shouldn’t be here. That thought ran through my head over and over during my first Hutchmoot in 2011. It was a two-pronged accusation: I wasn’t like most of the attendees. They were accomplished creators of music and/or books and/or art (or so… Continue Reading “Apprehension”

Blessed are the Mooters

Hutchmooters to be exact. (For those who don’t know, Hutchmoot is a conference-gathering-feast-reunion-thing in the Nashville area for people who love music-art-story-food and who are happy-sad-hurting-joyful-empty-full-introvert-extrovert-questioning-seeking-weary-hungry.) Two lies linger in my mind before every Hutchmoot. You shouldn’t be here. You don’t belong. The first… Continue Reading “Blessed are the Mooters”

Burnt Steak and Key Lime Pie

Hutchmoot has been described more than once as a feast — and people are not talking about the food, although the food is amazing. But each night our chef, John Cal, would introduce the evening meal with a story that related to the food.… Continue Reading “Burnt Steak and Key Lime Pie”

News Storms

“Are you feeling better?” my father asked me Monday morning. “What do you mean?” I asked. He looked at me, perplexed. “You’ve been sick,” he said. I laughed. “No, Dad, I’ve been in Nashville at that conference I go to every year.” “When I… Continue Reading “News Storms”

The People in My Life

I hate talking about myself. Who cares that 1I love coffee and 2hate brussels sprouts? If a person is defined by the company he or she keeps, let me tell you about some of the people who are dear to me. That may tell… Continue Reading “The People in My Life”


~~ Morning Prayer ~~ Thank you, God, for the beauty Of the light upon the trees, And though I see it every day, Help me always see The cloak upon the river From the morning fog And help me, Lord, To always hear the… Continue Reading “Godspeed”

The New Hutchmoot

Two explanations before you read the actual post: Hutchmoot is a hard-to-describe conference but the video on their homepage ( captures its essence. ┬áIf you’re unfamiliar with Hutchmoot, you may want to watch the video first. It’s an old video and this year they… Continue Reading “The New Hutchmoot”