Earning it


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Pick up hockey is a little different than the division B league play that I’m growing accustom to. There are no refs. No whistles. No face offs. No set line rotations. Just a seamless stream of hockey in the hour of ice time you and your ice mates purchase. It’s fast paced. Which is a […]

Can you sing a new song


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Can you sing a new song. You think you’ve got the lungs. Do you favor something low. Does the bass control your flow. Do you have a higher key. Does it always have to rhyme. Can you write a tune. Do you have the chops. Will you choose to give in to yourself instead of […]

When you realize


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When you drive 5 miles in 50 minutes down a main drag in a snowstorm. When your dog chews all of your favorite first floor pillows. When the heat in your office mails it in past noon, every day. When you lose a deduction on your taxes. When the awning above your favorite drive thru […]

Being home


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It occurred to me the other day that I’ve always been home for Christmas. And pretty much all the major holidays and happenings in my life. Except the ones that needed to happen elsewhere. But even then I’ve been with the right people so it’s the same as being home in my estimation. (There was […]

Are you surprised?


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By allegations of sexual harassment. By corruption in our highest offices. By racist factions come to the fore. By the opioid crisis. By the widening gap between rich and poor. By the exploitation of women and children. By the avarice of those whose silos are overflowing. By men who are unable to show how they […]

Somebody else’s problem


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Sometimes we get upset about silly stuff. But it doesn’t seem silly to us at the time. Which is why we’re so upset. Something’s wrong. But sometimes it doesn’t translate. Which is why others don’t seem to care as much. Which is why they’re not upset. Which can be upsetting, when others don’t see what […]

Inside/Outside


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Ever consider how you see everyone from the outside but see yourself from the inside? It’s rather strange. All of us are having the same type of experience. We are “here” while everyone else is some degree of separation from “here.” We intersect in certain moments but the only road that seems without end is […]

Anything can happen


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You could have the perfect day. You could lose everything. You could beat the odds. You could become a statistic. You could be given a chance to prove you’re capable of greatness. You could save a life. You could take one, accidentally or otherwise. You could be shown kindness for no reason. You could be […]

I will be enough


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Second guessing yourself is messed up. That’s what you’re doing when you worry you won’t measure up. That action you took. Those words you said. Those hopes you have. You interrogate them. You don’t trust yourself. So you question your efforts. And in doing so, forfeit any joy from your initiative. Nothing is ever good […]