gary varner


Hi, I’m Gary Varner: a writer, traveler, and curious observer of life. Welcome to this site where I share my writing: contemplations about life, insights into subjects important to me, commentary on travels, occasional poems, creative writing, and more.

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My recent background includes retirement from corporate life (communications specialist) at the end of 2018, then spending a year downsized and living in a rolling, 21′ camper van wandering America and enjoying its natural wonders. After 2019, I sold the van and settled in Ann Arbor, MI, as my home base with lots of plans for more travel across America, Canada, and Scotland/UK. But thanks to Mr. COVID-19, our mutual unwanted societal guest, those plans have to wait.

To help during quarantined days, I opened an online stationery shop, Notegeist, to keep myself busy in a passion that connected me to the wider world. Although intending to write a lot during 2019, the shop consumed all mental energies, so writing went on hold too. Now that I’ve closed the shop (end of 2020), I’m devoting full-time to writing efforts.

I hope you enjoy reading along as I write, and I appreciate your time to read what I create. If you want to contact me for any reason, please use the contact form here.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little. – Tom Stoppard