Tag: vulnerability

How to Overcome Anything


How to Overcome Anything For the past two weeks I received messages about how either you or a loved one is struggling. Heavy stuff: Depression. Addiction. Anxiety. Chronic illness. Suicidal thoughts. You have reached out and said that this blog has comforted you or helped you. Honestly…I don’t know what to say. I mean, if […]

Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday


Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday The last four posts have been hard to write. Yet writing about the death of one of my students has been cathartic. It has helped me to embrace loss, gain perspective, ask big questions, and appreciate the things […]

Who was Caleb Brien?


Who was Caleb Brien? Caleb Brien died on Monday, May 13, 2019.  He is the student I’ve been telling you about. Caleb was the sandy-haired, blue eyed boy who sat quietly in the first seat, second row of my second period Literature class.  He often carried to class a tattered copy of some Russian novel […]

Let the healing begin


Let the healing begin When tragedy strikes–when is the right time to move forward? When is it okay to laugh and smile again? For the past 9 years, in the days leading up to then senior prom, I have been performing  “Armstrong’s Awesome Prom Power Point” to my students. It’s a fun presentation mixed with […]

Cleaning out the attic


Why do you visit Write on Fight on? I enjoy the writing style. I relate to the content of the posts. I find the posts to be inspiring and motivating. I find the posts to be insightful. Survey Maker | Make Surveys in Minutes | PollMaker   Yesterday, while cleaning out the attic, I found […]

The Backwards Brain Bicycle


The other day my friend Pete shared with me the video, The Backwards Brain Bicycle. I watched it, at times stunned, saying to myself, “Yes! This is how my brain works.” The video shows what happens when an experienced bicycle rider tries to ride a backwards bicycle. Meaning, when you turn the handle bar to […]

I want a plastic soul


When I learned about my brain damage I called to tell my friend, a biomedical engineer, studying in Switzerland at the time. I remember telling me the good news– the human brain is plastic. “Plastic? What do you mean?” “The brain is malleable. It changes. So if damage occurs, the brain can adapt and change. […]

A letter to my daughter on her 11th birthday


The following is a letter to my daughter who turned 11 this week. Dear Haley, Happy 11th Birthday! You’re now old enough to know that after all the books, after the classes, after all the stuff– the crib, the bottles, the baby wipe warmer, the jars of mashed apricots, after the advice from your grandparents […]

To my friend who is lost


This post was originally published in September 2018. To my friend who is lost, Your life is a story. A story played by three familiar characters: The hero The hero is brave and courageous. Not always but on most days they try.  The hero embraces their weaknesses and vulnerability. They pursue passions. And listen. And […]

I turn 39 this week and I’m out here counting breadcrumbs


I turn 39 on Saturday. A year ago, I wrote I turn 38 this week and I’m still lost.  I’m another year older, 12 months away from 40 and I’m still proud to admit I’m lost. Maybe not as lost as I was last year yet I’m still mildly lost. The GPS is now on […]