What is The Grasshopper?

I’m a professional writer and creator, and have been for many years. I’ve hopped around from music to writing books to digital marketing. These days I am a top writer on Medium.com where I write about politics, climate, and current events. I also write novels.

The Grasshopper is my place to talk about personal growth via writing, in a pragmatic voice. This is driven by a lifelong quest to never be bored and to have daily conversations with friends, strangers, and readers. One on one conversations in a voice that is clear and open. Check out a few issues and you’ll get a feel for what I’m trying to do.

This newsletter is a work in progress, like all things, and it has been moving in the direction of writing about writing as a profession, a form of meditation, and the thing I do, both for myself and for a living.

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Why you should care

There are plenty of places online to read about how to make money without doing the work. This is not one of them because most are a complete waste of your time and are designed to get clicks. Remember, if someone has discovered the secret sauce, why would they tell the world?

My goal is to open eyes to new ways of seeing the world.

A unique look at ways to build a better life, every week

Practical stories will emphasize actionable things you can do now to create and change. Motivational stories will help you stay on track with examples of how others have reached goals. Different stories are my quirky take on life that don’t fit a simple category. Life is messy and growth can be too and I won’t hide that messiness.

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Writing as a tool for personal growth. Skills development, personal experience, unsolicited advice, and making money from your work.


Former software marketer. Former musician. Writer, nine non-fiction books, two novels, Buddhist, train lover. Amateur cook, lover of life most of the time!