January 2009

Error Resolved?

31 January 2009 · 5 comments

Rumor has it that several of you (Lisa and Will, for example) have been encountering an error when attempting to access foldedspace recently. I just upgraded to the latest version of WordPress, which may have resolved the issue (or it may not have). If you were getting an error, but now are not, could you […]

Memorial Service for Paul

27 January 2009

This is just a quick note: a memorial service for Paul Carlile will be held Thursday, January 29th at 6:30pm at Ascension Catholic Church in southeast Portland. If you knew Paul, you are welcome to attend. (Hell, even if you didn’t know Paul, you are welcome to attend.) Trust me: the irony of the situation […]

20-Year Anniversary

25 January 2009 · 7 comments

Kris and I have been together for 20 years now! Though sometimes we bicker (as all couples do), mostly this has been a wonderful experience. I am overjoyed to be spending my life with a partner I love, trust, and respect. I had promised Paul and Amy Jo that I would share the “application” I […]

Picking Up the Pieces

22 January 2009 · 5 comments

We held a memorial service for Paul in Eugene yesterday. It was awesome. It was awesome to see so many people gather to celebrate his life. It was awesome to hear their memories of Paul. It was awesome to spend time with other people he had touched. I know that it’s trite to say, but […]


19 January 2009 · 4 comments

One of Paul’s many virtues was that he pushed my comfort zone. Sometimes this was problematic, but mostly it was a good thing. In high school, I was very much a “play by the rules” kind of guy. (Mostly, I still am.) Paul sometimes liked to break the rules. I did not skip a single […]


15 January 2009 · 21 comments

At 3:09 pm last Friday, Paul Carlile texted me. “I’m in PDX,” he wrote. “Are you available before 7.” “Sorry. No,” I replied at 5:14. I had plans. I was taking pizza to Andrew Cronk and the kids, and then driving to the airport to pick up Kris. Had I known then what I know […]

I don’t know much about Sarah Vowell. To me, she’s the female David Sedaris on This American Life. She’s a funny writer with a funny voice. But then Craig went and picked Vowell’s new book The Wordy Shipmates for our February book group discussion. Although I should be reading January’s book (the tedious Main Street […]

Man of Fashion

07 January 2009 · 6 comments

Writing for Get Rich Slowly provides me with some interesting opportunities. I get a lot of interview requests. Some are better suited for me than others. Here’s one I received yesterday: I’m a writer and editor at DETAILS and I’m looking for some financial advice for our Style section. Basically, we’d love to hear your […]

Money and Meaning

05 January 2009 · 8 comments

Just under three years ago, I started a new blog. I’d been writing here at foldedspace for five years, and had great fun interacting with my friends and family (and the small community that had grown up around our interactions). We argued about politics, about religion, about comics, about Truth. I started my money blog […]

In the Twilight

01 January 2009 · 1 comment

When I was young, I wanted to be a poet. I wrote a lot of very bad poetry during my teenage years. It’s been a long time since I made poetry a habit. Still, I generally jot a few lines every year, and then forget about them. Sometimes — like tonight — I’ll stumble upon […]