Welcome to The Twaronite Zone. If you read my essay “My Family the Mineral,” perhaps you’ll understand why I named it that. I’m chiefly a writer of essays and short stories, with an occasional poem thrown in for tragic relief. I’m also the author of two humorous novels (see Books page). I’ve long been attracted to the strange and the absurd, for that is where I live. A framed quote by Albert Camus hangs over my writing desk: “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.” Keeping this in mind does put things into perspective and helps me get past the morning news. Each day when I wake up I try to think at least one absurd thought. Besides being fun, it’s an excellent writing exercise that often leads to an idea for an essay or story.