Tag: #storytelling

The Power of a Conversation: A Recap of the 2017 Spring Write-a-Thon


Never underestimate the power of a little conversation. The Write-a-Thon grew its roots in 2015, during a little conversation between my school district’s (Robbinsville, New Jersey) Superintendent, Dr. Steven Mayer and myself. The crux of the conversation was, “How can we teach teenagers to see writing as an exercise in self-discovery and authenticity not just a […]

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 […]

“Dad, what’s a championship?”


“Chase, are you ready for today?” “Dad, what’s today?” “What’s today? It’s only the biggest game of your young life. It’s what you worked all season for. It’s the championship!” Chase is sitting at the kitchen table. His hands are behind is back and he’s lapping the strawberry frosting off a donut as if in […]

The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or Learning to Fly)


This week’s post was inspired by writer Victoria Griffin’s  Flooded: A Creative Anthology of Brain Injuries. Victoria was kind enough to invite me on her blog tour to further educate on the realities on brain injuries. I encourage you to checkout Victoria’s Kickstarter Campaign and support her awesome cause! The Day I Learned I Could […]

In Good Company


A student recently asked me, “Hey Mr. Armstrong, what do you think about before you write?” I curved my eyebrows inward, adopted a deep, contemplative look, held a silence for a second too long and replied,  “Words.” The student rolled their their eyes, shook their head as if to say “Sorry I asked, you pretentious jerk” then […]

When Your Child Says the “F” Word


  I wasn’t ready for it. Not yet. I mean, I knew it would come one day like something in the mail, like something I sent away for. But I just didn’t think it would happen on a nondescript morning like this. But parenthood is funny like that. One moment you’re cruising along, one hand […]

A Hard Story to Tell – Part 3


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that recounts the most unnerving experience of my life. The story was released in serial format. This is Part 3.         Part 1.            Part 2. For A.– “Balloons and lollipops. That’s what most kids choke to death on.” That’s what Officer James said through panted […]

A Hard Story to Tell-Part 2


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that will be released in serial format. This is Part 2. Click here to read Part 1. For M.– Two years before Chase started choking, Haley, unfamiliar with the theories of gravity and buoyancy waddled up to the edge of a pool deck, took an innocent, unassuming step and […]

An Incident on North 20th Street


For D.– If I had to offer you a hardened number, I would say 30. I would say 30 uninterrupted feet was the space between me and author Tim O’Brien, one of my few living literary heroes. His groundbreaking Vietnam novel, The Things They Carried  inspired me to pursue a writer’s life. His novel entertained me, […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#1- The Healing Power of Creativity


  Episode #1:The Healing Power of Creativity Our lives are mired with difficult stretches where everything seems to be going wrong. In this episode, I recount my most difficult season and explain how creativity not only helped me through that season and made me a stronger person. If you’re like me, an adult strapped with […]