I was born in 1974 in Eugene, Oregon — in Sacred Hearts Hospital to be exact. My two older sisters were both born in England, so I guess it was fitting that my parents' “All American Boy” was born on Babe Ruth’s birthday. Shortly thereafter, my mom brought me home in a bundle to the blackberry covered banks of the Willamette River in Harrisburg. As we drove, she held me in her arms, in the front passenger seat with no seat belt. (Ah, 1974) We arrived at our destination, my Grandparent’s old, two-story Victorian home that was and still is guarded by two lion statues at the end of the driveway where we were welcomed by my two enamored big sisters.
At that time, my dad was in the USAF and stationed in Thailand, but before he left, he made one request of his pregnant wife: “If our baby is a boy, don’t name him after me. It would just be too confusing.” She replied, blinking her beautiful eyes, “Okay, Scott. Now you go and be a good soldier.” Well, as evidenced by the fact that my dad received notice of my birth via Western Union telegram, there wasn’t much he could say or do from Thailand in 1974 when I was born and my sweet Mom looked at me and whispered, “You’re my little Scottie.”
And that’s how it all started for me.
And now I'm 49 years old and a father of 5 wonderful kids. I love to write and explore the deserts in southern Utah.
Photo Link: Me at Lower Calf Creek Falls
August 6th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 4 mins
authenticity, childhood trauma, hope, mental health, personal responsibility, poetry, recovery, self discovery
In this episode, I revisit my poem, Terrible Potential, and talk about ways in which it applies to my recovery.
May 8th, 2023 | Season 1 | 36 mins 39 secs
authenticity, daughters, poetry, self discovery
My daughter Ruby and I were the only ones home, so I decided to record an episode of The Poet (delayed) with her. We talked about her track and field season that just finished up, softball, boys, poetry, music, flying fish and boys.
May 3rd, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 38 mins
authenticity, individuation, poetry, self discovery, spiritual bypass
I was joined by my friend and poet, Kelli Stephens and she read her unnamed poem from which I grabbed the title of this episode, “…the catching of my whole heart.” We discussed healing, religion, leaving religion, finding yourself and finding peace in your sovereignty and much, much more.
April 11th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 45 mins
authenticity, meaningfulness, mental health, poetry, self awareness, self discovery
I was joined by neuropsychologist Ben Christiansen in episode 22 of The Poet (delayed). We read my haiku, Meaningful Life and discussed what a meaningful life consists of and how we can work towards one. Hint: it involves math…well, equations at least.
April 7th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 39 mins
authenticity, divinity, poetry, self discovery
In the summer of 1991, I nearly drown at Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber City, Utah. My poem, Comprehend Yourself, is a summary of that event, and in this episode of The Poet (delayed), Mechelle Wingle and I discuss that poem and its meaning and meanings.
March 6th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 5 mins
addiction, authenticity, childhood trauma, gabor mate, johann hari, poetry, recovery, self discovery
In this episode of The Poet (delayed), I'm joined by Las Vegas based therapist, Brad Singletary as we read my poem, "They Were Beacons Once," and have a discussion about addiction, its cause and recovery.
February 27th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 40 mins
authenticity, depression, hope, major depressive disorder, mdd, mental health, poetry, self discovery, situational depression
In this episode, I’m joined again by Jackie Pack as I read my poem Dark Canopy and we discuss depression.
February 20th, 2023 | Season 1 | 57 mins 19 secs
authenticity, christopher silas neal, jennifer adams, pippa’s song, poet, poetry, robert browning, self discovery
I’m joined this episode by Salt Lake City based author, poet, editor and my new friend, Jennifer Adams. I read my poem, “I’m a Poet,” and we discuss the power of literature and poetry and then talk to her about her new children’s book, All’s Right With the World, that comes out March 7, 2023.
January 23rd, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 34 secs
authenticity, cancer, hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental health, poetry, self discovery, truth
I was joined by Allison Spencer as we read and discussed my poem, She is Steady and She Waits. Allison was diagnosed with Stage 2 Unfavorable Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (By the way, “unfavorable”? Who comes up with these terms, soccer match announcers? - “That was unlucky!”) But as terrifying as that was, she rose up to battle and, with the help of family, friends and competent medical providers, she waged battle as a head shorn warrior and the cancer is now in remission.
December 19th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
authenticity, depression, mental health, mental health awareness, nirvana, poetry, self discovery, suicide, suicide prevention
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide is discussed in this episode. If anyone listening is struggling with suicidal ideation, please reach out to a friend or family member. There is also a national hotline in the USA that you can call: 988.
I was joined by Monte Wingle as I ready my poem, Nirvana, and we discussed thoughts and ideas that came. Also, in the spirit of craving nothingness, we visited True Rest Float Spa to experience their float tank and see how close we could get to nothingness.
November 12th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 20 mins
authenticity, fear, know thyself, nietzsche, poetry, self discovery
In this episode, I was joined by my nephew, Justin “Justino” Foster. I read my poem “Terrible Potential” and Justino and had a great discussion about the themes in the poem.
October 27th, 2022 | Season 1 | 51 mins 3 secs
authenticity, beacons, poetry, self discovery
I’m joined again by Aunt Kash to discuss people who’ve been beacons in our lives as well as our being beacons in the lives of others.
October 13th, 2022 | Season 1 | 52 mins 48 secs
authenticity, connection, parenting, poetry, self discovery
I’m joined by my friend Jason Langston as I read my poem, Inconsequential. Then we get into a discussion of connection, addiction, parenting and relationships and the fact that no person is inconsequential. As John Donne wrote (old English spelling and all): “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe.”
October 7th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 41 mins
authenticity, dignity, great butler, kazuo ishiguro, poetry, self discovery, the remains of the day
I’m joined by Nate Morris this episode as we discuss the book, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
August 2nd, 2022 | Season 1 | 58 mins 16 secs
artist, authenticity, creativity, jung, poetry, self discovery, van gogh
In this episode, I read my poem, “The Sadness Will Last Forever,” which is about Vincent Van Gogh. I am joined by Adam Nisenson who is a therapist in Salt Lake City as well as an accomplished artist. We discuss creativity and its importance in our lives.
July 23rd, 2022 | Season 1 | 55 mins 53 secs
authenticity, childhood trauma, emotional connection, poetry, self discovery
In this episode I read and discuss my poem “A Subtle Wound” with Jackie Pack. We talk about the importance of connection and holding space for those who’ve experienced trauma.