Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

This past Tuesday, May 20th, I was fortunate enough to have a reading/signing at the renowned Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. I want to thank everyone who attended the event. For those who couldn't be there in person you're in luck. The event was Livestreamed, here's the link: http://new.livestream.com/uainmedia/Matt-Ziselman Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did doing it. … [Read more...]

In short…

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You would think I'd have some deeply profound sentiment to offer up at year's end. Something that captures the events of the past 365 days in a pithy yet emotionally resonant way. After all, in 2013 I published my first book. That's a biggie. Seems like that should be enough for me to formulate some nugget of wisdom that I can impart to you. Can I be honest? I've got nothing. Zip. Shooting blanks. So instead, I'm going to offer up the obvious and hope that you won't take off any serious points for lack of originality. I hope 2013 was, all-in-all, a good year for you. By good I mean that you had a roof over your head, food in your belly and your families were well and … [Read more...]

In Gratitude…

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This past weekend I attended the first annual Washington-Metro Dachtoberfest in Frederick, Maryland. There were lots of fun events, informative presentations and vendors selling everything from hand-made leashes and dog beds to gourmet dog cookies and custom-made dog portraits. Essentially, it was long, short and wirehaired nirvana for those of us who spend far too much time with, and way too much money on, our Dachshunds. It was hard not to be impressed by the sight of 500 Dachshunds strutting about as if each and every one of them was top dog. But it was also sort of silly. I mean, we are talking Dachshunds here. Not exactly the prototypical dog. At no point during … [Read more...]

Fit for a queen

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Generally speaking, mattresses aren’t known for eliciting strong emotions, or emotions, period. But, we recently bought our soon-to-be 13-year old daughter a new Queen size mattress and it made me a bit sad. It always surprises me when a seemingly mundane moment affects me. I mean we’re talking about a mattress. That’s like getting misty over a new toilet brush. But, there I was, staring at a very ordinary Queen size mattress but thinking back to a different mattress. One surrounded by a cushioned bumper and, poised high above it, a mobile of crescent moons and silky stars. And resting upon that mattress was 8 pounds and 5 ounces of pink perfection. I remembered … [Read more...]

As I Lay Floating

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I promised myself that, while on vacation, I would stay off my computer; a promise that lasted about as long as it took me to ask my wife “Is there another outlet in here?” Anyway, now that we’re home I wanted to share something with you that I experienced while resting my weary bones in upstate New York. I was reclining on a partially submerged float in the pool, when I got to thinking about less and, how less gets a really bad rap, and how more gets all the headlines. We must do more to fight hunger in Africa. We need to take more action to counteract the poisons that we’re spewing into our seas and skies. We need to do more to save the polar bears from extinction. … [Read more...]