I’ll Be Home for Christmas

   There is something about Christmas that calls us back to our roots. I don’t know whether it’s the cold and darkness that causes us to yearn for the companionship of those who know us best or whether it’s merely the atmosphere of tradition that harkens us back to reconnect with the past. Whatever theContinue reading “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

A Tale of Two Cities

Physically, my weekend started with an early morning flight down from where I live in the Pacific Northwest to attend a wedding in my old home in the Southwest. But mentally, my weekend started with running into a high school friend who didn’t remember me while changing planes in Phoenix. Had I really changed soContinue reading “A Tale of Two Cities”

The Birthday Resolutions Strike Back

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. They’re so mainstream. Years ago, I decided to make birthday resolutions instead. Last year, my list of birthday resolutions was one of my highest viewed blog posts. A tradition was born. The Hubble Telescope, the Republic of Namibia, Jennifer Lawrence, Seinfeld, Dances With Wolves, Jurassic Park (the book, not theContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Strike Back”

Making Friends Is Hard to Do

It’s the common refrain of the recently relocated twenty-something: I don’t have any friends. Moving to a new city is hard. Packing is draining, moving trucks are expensive and finding a job is multi-month, soul-crushing experience. It takes a while before the dust settles enough to for you to realize that you’re completely alone. YouContinue reading “Making Friends Is Hard to Do”

The Best of Unfriends

I unfriended you today. The reasons were complicated. We all carry reminders of the past. Childhood drawings, sports trophies, ticket stubs and faded t-shirts. We hold on to so much that is unnecessary. Now, we hold on to Facebook friends, too. Today, I went through all 541 people on my Facebook friends list and startedContinue reading “The Best of Unfriends”

Pressed Leaves: The Genesis of Fictional Characters

People are fascinating. Amazing and terrible. Perfect and flawed. No two are ever alike. The possibilities for conflict are endless; perhaps that’s why writers and poets have been obsessed with them for thousands of years. There’s a reason no one writes about bowls of fruit — human beings are simply more interesting. We learn soContinue reading “Pressed Leaves: The Genesis of Fictional Characters”