I wonder if Leo Tolstoy had this problem

I was trying to write a note the other day to a coworker, and I kept getting stuck. The email wasn’t saying what I wanted it to say. I wasn’t writing an important treatise on the state of man. It wasn’t War and Peace. It was just a quick work note, but I was still... Continue Reading →

An uncomfortable discussion

I cringed in my seat. I was annoyed. The speaker was supposed to be talking about college admissions and how to help your son or daughter pick a major. Instead, he was going down a completely different path, talking about how he as a white guy has received certain advantages that his female or non-white... Continue Reading →

The Sweet 16 of Halloween Treats

Let’s get ready to ruuumble. We’re looking live at the Candy Land Arena. It’s that time of the year again. Every one has a sweet tooth and the arena is jumping, it’s the NCAA Tournament, World Series, and Super Bowl of Candies. We're here for the 2021 Halloween Candy Championship. Folks, you're in for a... Continue Reading →

The birth of a blogger

I try to live in the moment, but sometimes its fun to look back nostalgically on the past. I look back on one of my first blogs six years ago. Hopefully the blog still serves as a good introduction to my writing and to me. When I was young child, I was small for my... Continue Reading →

When life brings hard choices!

We face tough choices every day. We can make the best of the day or we can curse the sun for rising up over the horizon. We can react positively to life’s little annoyances or we can let them lead us down a trap of frantic frustration. We can put others first or we can think... Continue Reading →

Finding the silver linings

Covid has changed our lives in so many ways. Many people have lost friends and family members. The pandemic has permanently shut down businesses and hurt us in the pocketbook. It's changed us in other serious ways too. I naturally see the challenges, but the part of me that tries to find the good in even... Continue Reading →

Sticking with love

While I dug into my bag to find my reporter's notebook and pen, he poured me a glass of sweet tea. We sat at his kitchen table and he couldn’t have been nicer. I had called him for help with my story and he suggested that since he had the day off from work, I... Continue Reading →

Finding some inspiration

Is anyone else having a tough week? I've been there before. Once when I was a kid, I was having a particularly tough week. I’m not sure what was going on, maybe a test or two, possibly something at home, who knows? When I let my frustration come out during basketball practice, my coach, the... Continue Reading →

Everything I needed to learn about life, I learned writing

My college professor handed back my paper with red ink up and down both edges. My heart sank looking at the mess. I walked out of the classroom heartbroken. I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my body. I skipped the rest of my afternoon classes. I was in no mood for... Continue Reading →

Climbing a challenging mountain one step at a time

I look in my son’s room and find him sitting one leg scrunched underneath him, the other hanging from his chair, pouring over his computer screen and a nearby tablet. He’s been working on his homework for much of the weekend. As a junior, he’s got a heavy load with Pre-Calculus and two AP classes,... Continue Reading →

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