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I Hope So

The words came across his desk through tears laced with deep compassion. “It will get better.” My resigned response was simple. “I hope so.” I had used those words a thousand times in darker moments of life when pain was the order of the day. It had served as my expression of inner weariness and psychic exhaustion. A sort of […]

A Different Kind of New Year

It was a blur. I heard rumors it happened, but have only a hazy recall.     Yep, missed it completely. And no, it wasn’t too much celebratory Champaign. We were moving into our new home and throughout both Christmas and New Years when everyone else was partying we were packing and unpacking. Cardboard boxes replaced […]

The Absurdification of Culture

It was a flash of mobile irony. Driving home after dropping off my teacher-wife at school, I was listening to National Public Radio. I enjoy the unique way they narrate the news. The story was about a dog grooming salon in Taiwan where the proprietor/groomer, Xiao Mo, is experimenting with canine quaffs created in distinct geometric shapes. Using skills […]

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks. They are the bane of so many women…more precisely, so many moms. Tiny scars that form because a body is being radically reshaped to make room to bring life into the world. An incalculable amount of money is spent on creams, ointments, and other magic potions guaranteed to erase these tiny scars. But you […]

Instafamous…and why we live small lives

Instafamous…that status you get when you blow up on Instagram. Lots of followers on your feed equals lots of fame in your following. It’s all relative, isn’t it? Lots of fish seem big in a small pond. But you can can become a moderate phenom if you learn to use the site well. My son-in-law, Chase, introduced this old […]

Bookends

Eagles. Dad was obsessed with them. He peppered beautiful statues of them in his office and around our home for as long as I can remember. A few of them live at my place since he passed away. One is a set of bronze bookends. In an age where our libraries are digital bytes we read […]

Foxhole Friends

“Seven years…that’s how long I have been mad at God.” He was a father whose daughter had died seven years earlier. His words trembled and eyes were wet as he spoke to me just after I had poured out my heart at my young nephew, David’s, recent memorial service. “Today, my heart has been healed.” […]

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