My Best Dreaming Partner


~This is a new post~ Romantic love is a subject I don’t often write about for the simple reason it makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the men I spend time with simply don’t talk about romantic love. And they certainly don’t write about it. But it’s Valentine’s Day and the love of a woman is […]

Taking Notes: A Love Story


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day–the following story “Taking Notes: A Love Story” was originally published on February 16, 2018 In a world with Nicholas Sparks it’s hard to write something original about love. Love is a well-traveled topic. One, I’m sure, you’ve taken plenty of notes on. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is engraved […]

How to Save a Marriage


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day–the following story was originally published on March 2, 2018 `It was romantic as hell. We were finally alone on the beach house front porch. The sun was rolling away from us and the sky made grand commitments to the pinks and oranges that stroke only finest of summer evenings. My […]

People Do Care


I told you the other day that this week has been a tough week for me. Just one of those weeks where nothing works. A week that put me on edge. A little angry. A little ill-tempered. A little too quick to feel sorry for myself. One of the miracles of doing this blog thing […]

It’s been a tough week ~Taking My Own Advice~


It’s been a tough week. You know–one of those weeks where multiple things break, plans halt and change, arguments ensue, and the shit rises and officially hits the fan. It’s been a week of little frustrations, piling on each other, making one, hot snarling big frustration that stands bow-legged, arms-crossed, and grins six inches from […]

Why Problems are Special Opportunities


Four weeks into VRT (Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy) and I’m coming along– one step at a time. My physical therapist and I agreed that I’m at 75%. Meaning another 25% and we both feel I’ll be able to start to run again. In a weird, frustrating, and fascinating way devoting my summer to learning how to […]

I suspect all parents are frauds


This week a student told me I must be the world’s greatest dad. I laughed. “What makes you believe that?” “Because you always seem to have a great answer for every question.” Flattered, sure, but there’s a big difference at being good English teacher and being a parent. Teaching literature and writing is easy.  Parenting […]

Then I heard my dying friend laugh


My friend is dying. It’s stage 4 and spreading. My friend has more bad days than good ones now. Eating is a problem. Showering is a problem. Steps are a big problem. My friend reminds me to kiss my children, eat good food, drink good alcohol, go to concerts and sing and dance and laugh, […]

Making a Change


~ To my friend, who had the courage to make a change  Her change caught everyone by surprise. They thought things were fine. She seemed so happy, so go-lucky. “I’m so surprised,” they said. What they couldn’t see was that deep inside her heart stewed a restlessness that, on certain days, breached the kettle lip […]

Life Favors the Brave


A student writes a fantastic piece of how their grandfather use to take them fishing on summer mornings. How standing on the bank, listening to the lake lap against the shore, under the morning sun they found peace. A peace they could not find anywhere else. Then winter turns and their grandfather dies. They write […]