I’m really glad you came to that party

I saw you walk in. It was after midnight. You were with a friend who was into one of the guys that lived at this house in the village. (He was a friend of mine from the music scene. We both played in bands. Separate bands. He was a drummer.) I got out of my […]

The “good side” of the tree

It’s 11:something pm. I’m sitting in the corner of the living room where there normally isn’t a chair. The Christmas tree now occupies the corner of the room where this chair usually resides. So here I sit in the seasonal sitting corner giving the tree a hard stare from about 10 ft away. It’s one […]

Leaf blowing in the wind

Sometimes you have to get those leaves to the curb. Because the last leaf pickup of the season is imminent. And sometimes it’s windy when that happens. So you have to do your best. Even though the conditions are seeming to conspire against you. But if you pay attention you might be able to make […]

When you really have to pee…

When you really have to pee… When that exam/presentation/appointment is just around the corner… When the headache is at its peak… When you’re so thirsty or hungry… When that bill you can’t pay is due… When the traffic is gridlocked… When that hard conversation is about to kick off… When anything looms and you’re not […]

Reasons I write

There are things that I don’t understand. I like to “talk things out.” Because I said I would. On occasion, to get paid. To look back down the road and remember. So my ancestors can know me in a way. I’ve been told it matters to people. I mostly enjoy it. I seem to be […]

Seeing it through

When you make a commitment you usually don’t think too hard about the times you won’t want to fulfill the commitment. But it’s in the moments when you don’t want to fulfill that the commitment becomes real. This is your proof that it matters. And only because you see it through. So see it through.

Behind the scenes in bourbon country

I’m not intending to do anything unsavory. I’m just going to poke my head in to see the barrels. I’ve got time to kill before the tasting. The rest of the group is still in the gift shop. I’m walking back from dropping some goods off at the car and I see the door to […]

What I’ve learned in the past 14,600 days

What I’ve learned in the past 14,600 days, in no particular order… I’ve learned that being completely alone seems to be the worst thing. I’ve learned that being a parent teaches you new levels of love. I’ve learned there are some things you can’t explain, like love. I’ve learned that people take baseball quite seriously. I’ve […]

I saw a man sitting on a bench

I saw a man sitting on a bench today. I was walking in to a lunch spot I frequent. The place where I get the quarts of chicken and rice soup. The same soup that I once spilled in the rain when the brown paper bag gave out on my way back to the office. […]