Recently, I was made painfully aware of the need to be conscious about who is demanding your attention. In the span of 16 hours of wakefulness, I had a slew of emails, 3 phone calls, a solicitor on my porch, numerous coworker requests, and random texts from friends. None of these events are remarkable on [...]
I had a flash of clarity the other day about fashion. The first bit of truth was that I suck at it. Sure, I can throw on a pair of jeans and a nice shirt and look decent. My nice suit looks pretty good on me too. But, in general, I suck at fashion and [...]
My mind wanders from thought to thought. Mental parkour that balances on one idea long enough to get to the next without lingering long enough to establish a true connection. What is it my brain needs? It’s the age-old ponderance of everyone who has thought for long at all. What is immediately clear is I [...]
The climbing gym I go to recently opened a new location. It’s larger in ever sense: bigger routes, more equipment, more showers and more space overall. Everything is nice and shiny and new. Yet, I can’t help but feel like it’s missing something and I finally figured out what that is: personality. What constitutes a [...]
Here is a link to the audio version of this post. – Getting divorced is something that no metaphor can succinctly describe. The amount of loss inherent to the act is astounding and hearing about it pales in comparison to the actual experience. One of the first things I had to learn once I moved [...]
For about a month now I’ve thought about how I want to write about Colombia. Originally I tried to do it in the form of momentos, similar to what I did for Bonnaroo. Then I tried to parse out particular stories that might be worth sharing in a longer format. Failing those ideas I simply [...]
The other night I was up way too late wading through the miasma that is the internet. In some random subreddit on Reddit.com, I found an old post about a guy who has muscular dystrophy. In the video, he had just fallen from his chair and was stuck on the ground. Then he peed himself. [...]
The world looks different when you’re pushing yourself every second you’ve got. This is a quote that won’t get out of my head for about two weeks now. I heard it from Monty Oum. Don’t know him? I’m not surprised. Monty is one of the lead animators for Rooster Teeth productions. Rooster Teeth is well-known [...]
When was the last time you looked in the mirror? Not the one you stare in when brushing your teeth. The one that a friend holds up to reveal the ugly parts of your life. The one that shows you’re not the man or woman you want to be. The one that throws back in [...]
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted some of the reasons I fell in love with writing. The author teaches nonfiction writing to graduates and undergraduates at several prestigious universities. Each year she fears she’ll be out of a job because the incoming crop of students will already know how to write. Each [...]
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