How To

How do you get over this? How do you go through the motions of being a responsible adult? Pay the bills, clean the kitchen … carry on as if you didn’t just create a living breathing multi-faceted heart racing story rich with blood and bones and human foibles. How do you step away from the […]

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When I Finally Figure Out The Obvious

Much like a body in motion stays in motion, a writing writer writes. Momentum is everything and then some. Be like the puppy—enjoy food, approach everything like an exciting new adventure, and show great deference to the people who’ll pet you often while insisting that you are both good and pretty. Truth is, other people […]

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Routine For The Win (AND AT LEAST SHE’S CUTE)

Newest puppy, who now stands twenty-four inches taller than the older fluffier pup and weighs 50+ pounds, has finally learned to stop shredding toilet paper rolls and my notebooks to bits as part of her daily routine. That’s good. She has, however, gotten creative in her searches for shoe insoles, business cards, food packaging and […]

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Embarrassing Drivel

Every experienced, published writer looks back at the early years, sighs, and tries to look earnestly at the latest wide-eyed interviewer before divulging what crap poetry they used to write. Crap, crap, drivel, embarrassing really. It’s a miracle they kept writing, that they eventually found success. I am suspicious. This is suspect. Think about the […]

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Poems, Privilege, and Untimely Kneeling

It is a rare thing, but once in a great while a poem will write itself. That’s the case with Generation Gap. All the stories my grandparents shared with me throughout my childhood built America for me. In my America fairness and equality cannot be assumed, but always hoped for, striven for. In my America, […]

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Just Write

My favorite recurring fantasy involves a strict schedule. Yes, that is weird. Whatever. In this fantasy, I am a workaholic down at the desk by 7 a.m sharp, Monday-Friday, come hell or high water. Nose to the grindstone, slaving away on research and words, words, words. I would finish those four projects languishing away in […]

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Today’s News And The Consequences Of Ignoring Old News

We’re a strange bunch, humankind. Forgetful. Deliberately dismissive, surprisingly compassionate, shockingly cruel. Passionate. Stubborn. Optimistic in the direst of circumstances. Persistently triumphant over near-fatal, global calamities. Weak complainers, fierce warriors, brilliant inventors, sickly and lazy couch potatoes prone to blindly brag and bluster about our children, our nations, our faith. We are the rulers of […]

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The Real Problem: Politicians Run This Country

Once in a while I revisit two of my lengthiest personal essays, each of which were originally conceived in early 2013 — I Am Not An Evangelist, and Emancipation. The latter begins with the discovery of my very first “grown-up” reading experience, Gone With The Wind. I was eleven and wanted to impress people with finishing […]

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