evangelizing Grandpa

Once upon a time, I tried to evangelize my grandpa. It was 1998. I was still home schooled. I knew very little about the world. I thought what I knew then was the absolute truth. And of course, I had to share my vast knowledge with everyone who didn't believe what I did, to make... Continue Reading →

for scott

I've been melancholy lately, realizing again how short life can be.A friend of mine passed away suddenly. I got the call last Wednesday night and I sunk into the booth at work, feeling like this wasn't real. It was an out-of-body experience. I heard the words, and they made logical sense, but it was hard... Continue Reading →

List to tell people

I think about making a list of all the things I need to tell people before it's too late. ~ Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave YouI read this and knew immediately that I must do it.  There are people very important to me that I appreciate and admire and never told them as much... Continue Reading →


We watched The Family Man the other day. I love that movie. I have a theory that that movie would be a huge hit if it had a different leading actor. If Ryan Gosling or Bradley Cooper or Jon Hamm played the lead role.  No one likes Nicholas Cage. But it is a great story... Continue Reading →


I value independence. I am constantly preaching the ability to live on your own to young people. I think it is imperative before you live with someone else that you figure out yourself and how to do everything on your own. It makes you that much more appreciative to have someone there helping you with... Continue Reading →

Ignorance is bliss

I remember innocence. I remember a time where I believe in the best in people. A time when I didn't think everyone was a rapist, murderer, or pedophile.In high school, we had an outing where we all spent the afternoon at a park. My friends and I got bored after awhile and decided to ditch.... Continue Reading →

Sweaty curls

The best feeling in the world is when your child comes up to you and lays their head in your lap, for no other reason but just because. I can't wait to have more. ~ Marlee Matlin Brandon work up Monday morning red as a beet with quite the fever on him. We took him to... Continue Reading →

clogging up spaces where love can be

People do strange things when they're judged all the time instead of being loved. ~ 3.24.13 CalifornicationI heard this and immediately wanted to write about it. I wanted to say something about it because it's a thought I've had but never put into words. And you should get your thoughts out of your head and... Continue Reading →

army of tweaked mes

There are very few people who I can always be completely myself around. There are a handful of people who accept me and like me for who I already am. They don't expect me to be more like them or to agree with them or to act more pious or politically correct. But with everyone... Continue Reading →

defining yourself

I've often wondered what happens to emotions that are never recognized: the tears and laughter we never allow to escape. The feelings we push down as soon as they come up, not allowing them to exist. The ideas we have that nothing becomes of, the dreams unpursued, the fleeting thoughts that are never contemplated like... Continue Reading →

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