so this is 40

I’m 40. If time has taught me anything, it’s that you should always plan your restroom breaks before it’s too late… and 7 other valuable life lessons.

an ode to porcelina

An ode to The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Porcelina and the Vast Oceans” and the deeper entanglements of 90’s rock music and teen angst.

memorial day

Brief reflections on the importance of this day and our shared role in keeping peace in our corner of the world.

the farm

This is my story about my experience as a youth in my church building a refuge from a supposed impending apocalypse known as Y2K.

who decides?

When I was little, my big brother, four years older than me, saw a wrestling move on tv and decided he wanted to try it on me. He laid on his back and stretched his arms and legs toward the ceiling. He had me climb on top, hands to hands and feet to feet. He then kicked his feet backward and sent me flying across the room into my dresser.

shunned – my leaving the herd story

I knew what leaving meant. I had known my entire life – I watched it happen to others. I had hopes of making them understand and appreciate at least some of the many reasons why I was leaving and thought maybe I could give them something convincing to chew on, but I failed. I left more alone than I had ever been.