Month: February 2017

Advice from the Dead


The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.–Cicero Recently, while cleaning out the garage, while rummaging through stacks of dusty boxes I came across a brown, unmarked envelope. Intrigued, I quit rummaging, opened the envelope door and found my grandfather smiling on the other side. Inside the envelope it’s 1954 […]

The Easiest Way to Ruin Your Life


I can’t believe I almost let a 15 year old jackass ruin my life. When I was in 9th grade, my English teacher walked to my desk and praised me in front of the class for a creative piece I wrote. She said I exhibited a strong writing voice, a solid command of language and encouraged me to keep […]

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What My Stand-Up Comedy “Career” Taught Me about Fear


It’s 2005 and I’m sitting at the kitchen table leafing through The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mom is at the stove whipping eggs. The coffee percolates and the TV weather man urges us to keep the umbrellas handy. Mom whirls around, offers me a plate of bacon and eggs and tussles my hair. I’m 25 and in a few weeks […]

So You’re on a Plane and There’s a “CODE RED!!!”


   I’m on Flight 1990 from Philadelphia to Puerto Rico and in the middle of reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson when a panicked voice breaks over the intercom, “CODE RED, CODE RED!!!” A worried stewardess rushes up the aisle. A nervous current catches and spreads across the cabin. […]