The Abundance

David W. Berner
What matters now.
Created 01 Apr 2021
  • The Benevolent Virus
    24 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 3
    I’m inside my writing shed, reading a truly fascinating book and wondering about the violence of nature. The In the Eye of the Wild by Nastassja Martin is a personal account of the French anthropologi...
  • I Wish to be a Tumbleweed
    18 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    I was lucky enough to be the Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac House, living in his old Orlando cottage for three months to write in the summer of 2011. Still, one of the best times of my writin...
  • When I'm 65
    10 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 4 2
    Days before my birthday, sitting at the kitchen counter over a cup of coffee, this is what I said to my wife. “I want to do something . . . epic.” I was turning 65. One of those significant marks in y...
  • Season of Light
    03 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 4 3
    It’s late afternoon. The sun is already down. But there is light. I drive slowly into my driveway and stop the car. To my right, planted nearly six years ago, along the walkway to the door of our hous...
  • Coming Soon
    01 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Hi all, Just wanted to let subscribers to THE ABUNDANCE know that this January, I will be offering a new exciting project here at Substack. It’s a serialized novel, offering new chapters each week. Ra...
  • The Heart of the Matter
    27 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 5 3
    I sat in one of the chairs in the hallway at the entrance to the Critical Care Unit and cried. It was a soft, silent cry, a slow release of emotion. My wife was behind the door in Room 4, sleeping, ma...
  • Getting the Band Back Together
    19 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I’m on the basement floor of my home. Lights are dim, sitting on the edge of a fat leather chair with my six-string acoustic on my knee. The laptop is set to an online metronome so I can keep time, a ...
  • Walking with Thoreau
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    The walk with the dog that morning took me around our neighborhood along the streets I knew, certainly, but hadn’t often traveled by foot. What called me there was the light. The sun that morning glim...
  • An American Story
    05 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 4 4
    Early morning, I was driving northwest. Alone. Cool air coming through the cracked-open windows on my way to my son’s house to help him and his wife with last minute preparations for a homecoming, a s...
  • Found Miracles
    28 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 0 1
    I saw it, but kept walking. It glistened on the wet, dirty sidewalk along State Street in Chicago, and yes, it caught my eye. But I was walking with a a friend after having coffee at a cafe, we were t...
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