That kind of person


I enter the elevator in the building where I keep an office. I tap the access card to the sensor and press 3R. There is a strong odor of cigarette smoke. So strong that it’s reasonable to wonder if the smoking had taken place in the elevator. I assume the culprit is part of the […]

Scar stories


I’ve got a scar on my right index finger. From when I collided with Brian Voelker turning the corner of the church on my bike. My finger when into his spokes. It still curves away a bit. You can best tell when I line it up with the same finger on the other hand. My […]

Something a bit more grande


Expectations are skilled at sneaking up on you. We swim in a sea of them but we don’t always recognize their power over our actions. Expectations do have a say in what we do or don’t depending on whether we think we’re living up to whatever expectation-of-the day we encounter. We’re dealing with your standard expectation types. Nothing […]

The Atlantic Ocean


The Atlantic Ocean is dark at night. Except for the waves crashing. And some lights across the way. The sound of the waves is like a whisper. They tell the shore to be calm. They say this is the routine. But the shore has a bad memory. So it needs to be reminded. That there […]

Love exists


Us in Needlepoint

Meredith. That’s my wife. We have two children. A daughter, Adeline. A son, William. He’s 10. She’s 8. Wrigley is the dog I never thought we’d have. He’s 2. We live in a house on a street in a neighborhood and we are glad to be who we are. We wanted to get married on […]

For some


Why do we expect the world to bend to our will? As if having the thought were enough! But no one advances without great effort. Or without having paid for it dearly. For it is with strenuous action and double resolve That we gain any ground at all. For some this is life. For the […]

A guided tour down memory lane


Friday was Meredith’s grandmother’s 85th birthday. We celebrated by having a small gathering at our house. Well, mostly in our driveway. It was a gorgeous evening and the folding chairs fit right in. The kids challenged the adults to some basketball shooting competitions before dinner. Wrigley circled us as we ate a classic birthday cuisine […]

The virtue of voicemail


I’m sitting in traffic. Not real traffic. Buffalo, NY traffic, just east of the international airport. Look, there’s a strip club. The secrets boutique is now open. There’s a woman driving a mini-van in the lane to my left. I am moving while she is not. As I pass I hear that she’s making a […]

Do the hard thing


EusticeOnTheMound

William pitched his first inning yesterday. He did great. Though that’s not how he saw it at the time. The Nationals scored 5 runs with William on the mound. Though they scored them due to fielding errors. So there weren’t any earned runs. Which is good for a first timer. I was most impressed by […]