Inspired by watching the movie “Paterson” – and also by the work on my to-do list today – I stole a little time to write the following. Separately, Amelia and Beth heard it read aloud… and approved.

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Feb. 18, 2018: Monuments

Posted on 02.18.18


In the late summer of 1989, I had an idea to approach the University of Central Florida’s student newspaper, “The Future,” about writing a weekly column. I wrote the first one and very humbly submitted it in person to the editor, Scott Altman. Without much fanfare, it was accepted, and so it went for the next fifteen months. Ultimately, many positive experiences grew from these efforts. One esteemed instructor made much of my work and was instrumental in me winning a Scripps-Howard Foundation Fellowship for the column. Thank you, Keith Fowles. Read more


Featured Image: Arriving back at Salt Pond Bay after our hike to Ram Head, sinking into the water and relaxing there was heavenly. Read more

February 2018 desktop calendar

Posted on 01.31.18

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1976 Spinelli’s squad, featuring Scott and Roger Darnell, coached by Guzie Whaley and Gene Barber.

My latest entry on MyOldCoach.com is now live – in honor of Coach Gene Barber and our combined “glory days.” For this new website/book project, I am continuing to seek true stories and anecdotes about awesome coaches.

Have an idea? Please get in touch. Read more


Posted on 01.07.18

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Scroll way down for an original desktop calendar for January.

Much to our good fortune, we are embarking on yet another new year when our blessings are too numerous to count. Our kids continue to blow our minds as they embrace life in their unique ways and show us true strength and originality, and our loved ones and friends are also persevering and inspiring, far and wide. Looking toward our future adventures, we are excitedly aware of vast treasures to come… and yet, today, these and other fantastic experiences from the past are what fuel my dreams.

Roger’s journal, June 13, 2016: The hike to Ram Head, Saint John Read more

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August 18, 2010: Riley, Six and a Half

Posted on 08.18.10

Image: "Driving to Edithburgh" by Martin Kenny. More information here: http://www.seenobjects.org/2004-12-24-travelling Video: Rock 'n Roll Riley, "Shout at the Devil" on Guitar Hero for PS2. Dedicated to Uncle Randy: Thanks for the PS2!

Ramble #6 copyright Roger Darnell. All Rights Reserved.
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October 3, 2009: Amelia, Eightish

Posted on 10.03.09

Amelia, Eightish: Our beautiful little girl, growing up too quickly. Posted October 2009.

Ramble #8 copyright Roger Darnell. All Rights Reserved.
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You can now watch “Bumper Crop” in its entirety at darnellworks.com/bmovie Read more

December 5, 2008: Bumper Crop is now live…

Posted on 12.05.08

With fond memories of the cast and crew: director and co-producer Bill Waxler, actors Harry Phipps and Freddie Harmison, director of photography Eric Bills, art director William Elliott, composer and musician Peter Eisner, editor Bob Storer, recordist John Christodoulou, assistant director David Gray, production coordinator Carolyn Clarke, script supervisor Aileen Avery, first AC Glen Albelo, gaffer and lighting director Lenny Cooper, dolly grip Joe Mast, and grips Bubba Baker, Paul England and Eric Smith. Thank you! Feedback welcome and appreciated. [Full story]

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