The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids

  In my teen years, I wanted to be "cool". I wanted to dress the right way, say the right lingo, be with the right people. Being cool meant acceptance, acceptance meant security, security meant not getting pushed around or pushed aside. And hopefully, all of that exhausting work would mean that these people could [...]

Just the Beginning

Just the Beginning

  Alright, this one is for you. Youth, young ones, teenagers, mostly. Settle in, this might take a minute, but I want to tell you something: This is just the beginning of the story. And yes, you’re right, sometimes a book starts with a tragedy in the first couple pages. Sometimes many tragedies. Sometimes you [...]

Good Old Days

Good Old Days

I often overhear folks wondering why there seem to be so many "new issues" in our world. Or, they muse and miss the old days when things seemed more simple, and people seemed to be offended less. I can understand this feeling. Our world is rapidly changing, with advances in technology and information propelling us [...]

Wild on the Wind

Wild on the Wind

I walked along the sprawling fields,hedged in by pine-covered hills. Sunlight and clouds played and danced in the vast blue. I came upon two deer No, three No, seven Thirteen mothers and babies enjoying their evening meal. I watched with adoring eyes, turned and went on my way. I stopped to look back, light shrinking [...]

In The Name Of Love

In The Name Of Love

I recently wrote out a play-by-play of the day my brother Jesse died to prepare for an in-depth conversation. This, coupled with starting a new job and being in my "birthday week"(something that always makes me reflective and introspective), brought up a lot for me. "What does it all mean?!?" And so on. Around the [...]