This furlough is all fun and games until wildfires start kicking up and communities are insufficiently protected because firefighters are stuck waiting for human resources to process their paperwork.
The plan was to spend a couple of days in Chicago exploring which is technically what happened, but it’s the other things that also happened which make this story worth telling. Amazingly we somehow drove into Chicago hitting no traffic whatsoever, which gave us more time to grumble about the number of tolls you are forced to pay … Continue reading A Christmas Miracle
On the eve of yet another Election Day, I feel compelled to put some words out into the great beyond to ruminate on (but not for too long) regarding voting in the United States. I view voting as a foundational right that I possess as an American Citizen, but I also consider voting to be … Continue reading Cast that Ballot
Many, many, moons ago while working as a server in a restaurant I noticed something about the working world, which I’ve found to be a constant truth no matter the line of work I have transitioned to. My epiphany came about like this: As several other servers and I were feverishly rolling silverware in the … Continue reading Working Truths
As I pulled up to the beach and looked out at the water I was overcome by the feeling of disappointment. I had a plan. I was going to swim for exercise in the calm morning waters but apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. The wind was whipping and the waves were crashing one … Continue reading Living and Nothing Else
You know how some days________ ________? Some days I feel so motivated that nothing could stop me; I’m firing on all cylinders and anything in my path best step out the way or I’m hoppin’ right over that bad Larry. Other days I am completely void of energy and monumental achievements include activities such as … Continue reading Some days–Those days–Other days
There are those days, those days when simply being alive is exhausting. Where you find yourself having a serious internal debate about expending the energy to brush your teeth, let alone doing anything physically active. Yes, it’s one of those days where a movie marathon on the couch seems like the best idea of your … Continue reading Donkey Run
Hello, little house you are a good one indeed. A nice craftsman home, it's all that we'll need. The rooms aren’t huge, the bathroom is tiny, but it has character and quirkiness just begging us, “try me.” And so, rooms they were painted, and furniture acquired. Before we knew it our wondering ways seemed all … Continue reading Goodbye Little House
Pushing, pulling, strong, gentle, calm, babbling, rushing, surging, meandering, rapid, turbulent, eddying, intense, mellow, crashing, cascading, converging, fierce, Water. Cold, hot, tepid, lukewarm, freezing, scolding, Water. Refreshing, painful, exhilarating, cleansing, excruciating, serene, numbing, purifying, annoying, relaxing, blissful, Water. Clear, polluted, murky, cloudy, pristine, Water. Drip, drop, puddle, brook, creek, stream, river, waterfall, pond, inlet, bay, … Continue reading Water.
Let’s go back to the basics, shall we? Does anyone even remember the basics anymore? If we strip away all the labels and identities, if we remove the lines drawn in the sand and look one another in the eye what is left? I’ll tell you. Humanity. The basics of humanity allow us to recognize that … Continue reading The Basics